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.


Best LPN Programs in Oregon

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.

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.

Learn more about Oregon LVN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

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, Hillsboro1,680$24.42$50,800
Bend, Redmond60$21.41$44,540
Grants Pass40$22.28$46,350

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

Top Ranked Oregon LPN Programs


Central Oregon Community College

2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97701 - (541) 383-7700 - Visit Homepage

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.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Central Oregon Community College

Oregon Coast Community College

400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366 - (541) 265-2283 - Visit Homepage

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) is located in Newport, Oregon, with additional locations in Lincoln City and Waldport. OCCC offers associate's degrees and transfer programs, as well as a variety of other career development options that not only improves the student's quality of life but it also influences the community and economic development.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Oregon Coast Community College

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: 99.33

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 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: 97.50 - Request Info on Lane Community College

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 are offered with opportunities for employment in a variety of settings and for a lifelong career that is personally fulfilling.

Overall Score: 97.44 - Request Info on Mt. Hood Community College

Continued List of All Programs in Oregon

#6 Columbia Gorge Community College
400 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR 97031
(541) 506-6000 Visit Homepage
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#7 Umpqua Community College
1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4600 Visit Homepage
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#8 Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
3800 Sports Way, Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 684-4644 Visit Homepage
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#9 Concorde Career College
1425 NE Irving St #300, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 281-4181 Visit Homepage
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#10 Sumner College
8909 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
(503) 223-5100 Visit Homepage
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#11 Pioneer Pacific College – Health Career Institute
27375 SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 682-1862 Visit Homepage
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#12 Institute of Technology
4700 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305
(888) 319-7180 Visit Homepage
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