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.
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 12 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 5 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.
Details on Oregon LPN Schools & Classes
More than 10 schools in Oregon offer 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
- 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.
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 $11,046 in totality. 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 Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), 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.
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.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro||1,680||$24.42||$50,800|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Oregon LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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.
Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is located in the The Dalles, Oregon with an additional campus located in Hood River. CGCC offers flexible schedules and a variety of courses earning degrees, certification, and building basic skills to achieve personal goals and advance in the workplace.
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is the oldest two-year college in Oregon located in Bend, with additional campuses located in Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. COCC provides comprehensive college services to students, offering two-year degrees, transfer programs, career certifications, developmental courses, continued education, community learning, and workforce development.
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 half years of full time study and prepares nursing students to provide direct patient care utilizing critical thinking skills in a variety of settings.
Umpqua Community College, located in Roseburg, offers a popular practical nursing program to train the next generation of LPNs. This 47-credit program prepares students to care for a diverse array of patients in many different healthcare settings. At the completion of the program, students will have the critical thinking and communicative skills to join an interdisciplinary medical team.
Continued List of All Programs in Oregon
26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030
4700 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
27375 SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070
8909 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
1425 NE Irving St #300, Portland, OR 97232
3800 Sports Way, Springfield, OR 97477
400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366
Additional OR Nursing Resources
- Oregon State Board of Nursing
800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25, Suite 465
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0685
- Oregon Nurses Association
18765 SW Boones Ferry Rd. Suite 200,
Tualatin, OR 97062
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