2021 - Best LPN Programs in Oregon

Last Updated/Verified: Jun 25, 2021

The state of Oregon believes that empowering nurses not only boosts work morale but leads to higher quality care and an improved work environment. By providing ongoing educational support and opportunity, they can ensure quality service for patients, families, and the community. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state of Oregon, applicants must complete a state-approved course and required testing. LPNs transferring from other states looking to hold a license in Oregon must apply by endorsement. LPNs in Oregon earn approximately $25.60 per hour, which equates to an average annual salary of $53,240. This is roughly $6,190 per year more than the national average.


Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in Oregon? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in Oregon are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 7 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 3 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Oregon click here.

2021 Oregon NCLEX-PN Pass Rates and Statistics

  • Total Number of State Approved LPN Schools: 7
  • Total Number of Test Takers in 2020: 301
  • 2020 Average Statewide Oregon NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 77.1%

Details on Oregon LPN Schools & Classes

Oregon offers some choices for practical nursing programs, from community colleges to career/vocational schools. Most programs are designed to be completed in around one year of full-time study, and 2 or more years if a student opts for part-time. The LPN curriculum is centered around nursing theory, labs/simulations, and clinical rotation hours. Common course titles include:

  • Care Across the Lifespan
  • Psychiatric and Complex Acute Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Development
  • Emergent Healthcare


Choosing the right LPN program is important; choosing an accredited LPN program is even more important. Accredited schools/programs can give students peace of mind, as they are held to high standards. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) are just a few accrediting agencies that endorse nursing programs. Students will also want to ensure that they choose a program approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

While exact requirements will differ between schools, most in Oregon require the following:

  • High school graduate (or GED equivalency)
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with grade of “C” or better
  • Current CNA certification may be required
  • Copy of transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended
  • Satisfactory scores on placement tests

Tuition and Costs

Students are encouraged to consider LPN program costs carefully. Generally, this will consist of tuition, fees, and course materials including books and uniforms. These expenses can vary wildly from school to school in the state. For those who need assistance, financial aid is typically available through the school or through other sources. To provide an example, the LPN program at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham costs an estimated $11,000. This includes tuition, fees, insurance, supplies, and more.

Oregon LPN Licensing Requirements

Individuals looking to receive an LPN license in the state of Oregon must pass the NCLEX-PN after completing a Board approved nursing curriculum. In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

  • Headshot (passport-style) photo taken within the last 6 months
  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program
  • Submit to a fingerprint criminal background check

Oregon LPN licenses expire every 2 years on the day before the licensee’s birthday.

NCLEX Exam Information

Upon graduating from an accredited LPN program, students must sit for and pass the NCLEX-PN examination for official licensure. This exam covers various aspects of the practical nursing curriculum. For more information, our NCLEX-PN overview can be found here. Students may also wish to study for the exam by taking the NCLEX-PN practice test.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

Oregon is not a state that has opted in to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows multi-state licensure within the states that participate. However, LPNs from other states can receive an Oregon license by endorsement—along with the application and criminal background check, the applicant must also submit:

  • Proof of licensure in another state or completed an OSBN-approved re-entry LPN program in the last 2 years
  • License verification from the state licensing exam was taken and the state where current license is held
  • Proof of practicing at LPN level for at least 960 hours over the past 5 years

For those who've studied abroad, looking to receive a license from the state of Oregon, the applicant must also submit the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of their official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review, as well as proof of English proficiency.

LPN Salary in Oregon By Area

The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Oregon. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro2,160$25.47$52,970
Bend, Redmond100$25.26$52,540
Grants Pass90$25.24$52,500

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Oregon LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Oregon LPN Programs


Rogue Community College

117 S Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 - (541) 245-7500 - Visit Homepage

At Rogue Community College, practical nursing students are trained to provide individualized care in a variety of health care settings such as long-term care, hospitals, home health, doctor's offices and other community settings. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, licensed physician, dentist, or other independent health care provider recognized by the State Board of Nursing.

Overall Score: 97.50 - Compare Program to Nearby Schools

Lane Community College

4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405 - (541) 463-3000 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing Program at Lane Community College prepares students to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Lane's course of study requires approximately one to one and a half years of full-time study and prepares nursing students to provide direct patient care utilizing critical thinking skills in a variety of settings.

Overall Score: 95.67 - Compare Program to Nearby Schools

Mt. Hood Community College

26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030 - (503) 491-6422 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Mt. Hood Community College focuses on the practical nursing role of providing care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician in long-term care, clinics, and other health care settings. The Practical Nursing program at MHCC is both exciting and challenging. Graduates have opportunities for personally fulfilling employment in a variety of settings.

Overall Score: 94.97 - Compare Program to Nearby Schools

Continued List of All Programs in Oregon

#4 Pioneer Pacific College - Beaverton
4145 SW Watson Avenue #300, Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 646-6000 Visit Homepage
83.15Visit Website
#5 Institute of Technology
4700 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
(888) 319-7180 Visit Homepage
82.67Visit Website
#6 Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
3800 Sports Way, Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 684-4644 Visit Homepage
77.75Visit Website
#7 Sumner College
8909 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
(503) 223-5100 Visit Homepage
76.83Visit Website

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