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Oregon LPN Programs

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Career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Oregon

Have you ever thought about becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse? Can you handle dealing with sick and injured patients and their families on a daily basis? Do you have a good memory? Are you emotionally stable? If you answered yes to these questions then chances are you would make a great LPN.


There are many great training programs and schools in the State of Oregon for becoming an LPN. Most of the schools offer one-year LPN programs or two-year Associate’s degree programs, with the option of taking some of your classes online. Some of the required classes include anatomy and physiology, human nutrition, fundamentals of nursing, and composition. Specific curriculum and course requirements vary by school and according to what type of degree you are pursuing.

In the State of Oregon there is a lot of variation in LPN salaries. Two factors that contribute to an LPN salary in Oregon are the population of the city which you are working in and if you are working in a hospital or nursing home. For example, in the city of Portland the average salary of an LPN is currently $42,292 per year, while in the city of Salem the average LPN salary is $40,355/year. There is an option of being promoted to a Charge Nurse, and a Charge Nurse is the person who oversees other LPNs. Charge Nurses in the Portland area make an average of $73,000 per year and in Salem they make an average of $69,000 per year.

The job duties for LPNs mainly consist of providing basic care for sick and injured patients. LPNs will often administer IV’s and drips per the supervising doctor’s orders. LPNs are often called upon to assist patients with bathing, dressing, feeding and toileting. In some cases LPNs perform clerical work which may involve ordering medication and scheduling appointments.

If you are thinking about going into the nursing field the LPN position can be an excellent starting point. The traits that every LPN should have are a caring nature, detail-oriented, empathetic, emotionally stable, adaptable, strong physical endurance, quick thinking skills, strong work ethic, great judgment, and excellent communication skills. A career in nursing can be very challenging at times, but can also be extremely rewarding.


List of LPN Programs in Oregon (OR)

Carrington College

2210 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 761-6100

Central Oregon Community College

2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7540

Chemeketa Community College

4000 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, OR 97309
Phone: (503) 399-5058

Clatsop Community College

1653 Jerome
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 338-2436

Columbia Gorge Community College

400 East Scenic Dr.
The Dalles, OR 97058
541-506-6140

Concorde Career College

1425 NE Irving St., Building 300
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 281-4181

Klamath Community College

7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: (541) 880-2212

Mt. Hood Community College

26000 SE Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6727

Oregon Coast Community College

400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366
Phone: (541) 867-8542

Pioneer Pacific College – Springfield Campus

3800 Sports Way
Springfield, OR 97477
Phone: (541) 684-4644

Pioneer Pacific College – Wilsonville Campus

27375 SW Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Phone: (503) 682-1862

Rogue Community College

202 S. Riverside
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 245-7504

Sumner College

8909 SW Barber Blvd., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 223-5100

Treasure Valley Community College

650 College Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822, Ext. 345

Umpqua Community College

1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 440-4613

Valley Medical College

4707 Silverton Rd. NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 363-9001


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Oregon LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Oregon schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Oregon state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Oregon

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Oregon

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Oregon Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Oregon as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Oregon

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Oregon state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Oregon Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses