Becoming an LPN in Oregon

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.

  • LPN Programs in Oregon

    Central Oregon Community College
    2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97701
    (541) 383-7700 Visit Homepage
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    Columbia Gorge Community College
    400 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR 97031
    (541) 506-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career College
    1425 NE Irving St #300, Portland, OR 97232
    (503) 281-4181 Visit Homepage
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    Institute of Technology
    4700 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
    (888) 319-7180 Visit Homepage
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    Lane Community College
    4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
    (541) 463-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Mt. Hood Community College
    26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030
    (503) 491-6422 Visit Homepage
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    Oregon Coast Community College
    400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366
    (541) 265-2283 Visit Homepage
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    Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
    3800 Sports Way, Springfield, OR 97477
    (541) 684-4644 Visit Homepage
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    Pioneer Pacific College – Health Career Institute
    27375 SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070
    (503) 682-1862 Visit Homepage
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    Rogue Community College
    117 S Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501
    (541) 245-7500 Visit Homepage
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    Sumner College
    8909 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
    (503) 223-5100 Visit Homepage
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    Umpqua Community College
    1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR 97470
    (541) 440-4600 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • 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.

    Licensure and Examination Form (

    The physical demands of an LPN may require physical strength and endurance. Extended periods of activity may be a part of daily routine.

    Licensed 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.

    Oregon LPN licenses expire every 2 years based on his or her birth year—it expires the day before the licensee’s birthday.

    Additional OR Nursing Resources

    Oregon State Board of Nursing

    800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25, Suite 465
    Portland, OR 97232
    Phone: (971) 673-0685
    Fax: (971) 673-0684

    1. Oregon Nurses Association (

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