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Ohio LPN Programs

Browse our list of state approved LPN certification programs

Practical Nurse (LPN) Careers in the State of Ohio

Licensed Practical Nurses provide critical support for registered nurses and doctors in a variety of medical care facilities. The LPN often works directly with injured, sick or elderly patients. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse is a relatively simple process and carries few prerequisite requirements. One must complete a state approved LPN program that includes classroom study and supervised clinical practice. Most practical nursing programs can be completed within 12 months. Training courses are offered at local community colleges and vocational or technical schools. The candidate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) to become fully licensed and authorized to work as an LPN in Ohio.


Many LPNs are charged with helping patients take care of their personal needs. They help patients to bathe, change and feed themselves. LPNs are also trained to take and record patient’s vital signs. This includes blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse and temperature. They may also be required to monitor and document the patient’s intake and output on a daily basis. LPNs may administer medication according to the supervising doctor’s orders. They are often called upon to give injections, take blood samples, start IVs, give enemas and insert catheters. Additionally, LPNs must monitor patients’ reactions to medication and treatment. LPNs in Ohio must receive special authorization to administer medication and perform IV therapy. This can be obtained through continuing education courses or special education training programs. LPNs often care for patients before and after surgery and may be required to act as a scrub nurse or help set up equipment in the operating room. LPNs may also be asked to perform clerical and administrative duties and oversee the work of nursing assistants.

The salaries of LPNs vary. Some earn as little as $28,000/year while top earners bring in over $50,000 annually. The pay range is generally dependent on the skills and years of experience the LPN has and the specific duties of their particular job. The place of employment, current economic conditions and specific geographic location also factor in to determine LPN pay rate. Practical nurses work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, community care programs, outpatient care facilities and many other settings. LPNs are often asked to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Licensed Practical Nurses are in great demand and that demand is expected to grow dramatically over the next 20 years. The increase in the number of elderly patients requiring assistance is a driving force behind the need for more practical nurses. The LPN is a very important part of the workforce in most types of medical care facilities. Their role varies depending on their specific assignment. However, they are always counted on to provide assistance to patients, supervision to nursing assistants and support to physicians. Their job responsibilities have increased a great deal over the past decade. Today most medical facilities could not run efficiently and effectively without the work performed by licensed practical nurses.

List of LPN Programs in Ohio (OH)

Akron School of Practical Nursing

1532 Peckham Street
Akron, OH 44320
(330) 873-3355

Apollo School of Practical Nursing

3325 Shawnee Road
Lima, OH 45806
(419) 998-2975

Applied Technology Systems, Inc. Job Corps Center Practical Nursing Program

13421 Coit Road
Education Building
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 541-7760

Athena Career Academy Practical Nursing Program

5700 Monroe Street, Suite 2
Sylvania, OH 43560
(419) 289-1119

ATS Institute of Technology Practical Nursing Program

325 Alpha Park
Highland Heights, OH 44143
(440) 449-1700

Auburn Practical Nursing Program

8140 Auburn Road
Concord Township, OH 44077
(440) 357-7542 x8379

Beckfield College Practical Nursing Program

225 Pictoria Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45246
(513) 671-1920

Belmont Technical College Practical Nursing Program

120 Fox-Shannon Place
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
(740) 695-9500

Brown Mackie College Practical Nursing Program – Findlay

1700 Fostoria Avenue, Suite 100
Findlay, OH 45840
(419) 423-2211

Buckeye Hills Career Center Practical Nursing School

P.O. Box 157, 351 Buckeye Hills Road
Rio Grande, OH 45674
(740) 245-5334 x205

Butler Tech Program of Practical Nurse Education

3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road
Hamilton, OH 45011

Canton City Schools Practical Nurse Program

116 McKinley Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44702
(330) 453-3271

Central Ohio Technical College Practical Nursing Program

1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 366-9285

Central School of Practical Nursing, Inc.

4600 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 391-8434

Choffin School of Practical Nursing

200 East Wood Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-8723

Cincinnati State Great Oaks School of Practical Nursing

3254 East Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
(513) 612-5823

Clark State Community College Practical Nurse Program

570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45505
(937) 328-8078

Collins Career Center Program in Practical Nursing

11627 State Route 243
Chesapeake, OH 45619
(740) 532-7405

Columbus School of Practical Nursing

North Adult Education Center
2323 Lexington Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 365-6000

Columbus State Community College Practical Nurse Program

550 East Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43216
(614) 287-5764

Cuyahoga Community College Division of Nursing Education

Practical Nursing Program
2900 Community College Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-3196
(216) 987-4067

Eastern Gateway Community College School of Practical Nursing

4000 Sunset Boulevard
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 264-5591 x231

EHOVE School of Practical Nursing

EHOVE Career Center
316 West Mason Road
Milan, OH 44846
(419) 499-4663 x231

ETI Technical College Practical Nursing Program

2076 Youngstown-Warren Road
Niles, OH 44446
(330) 652-9919

Felbry College Licensed Practical Nurse Program

1900 Polaris Parkway, Suite 475
Columbus, OH 43240
(614) 781-1085

Fortis College School of Nursing Practical Nursing Program

555 E. Alex-Bell Road
Centerville, OH 45459
(937) 260-4838

Fortis College Practical Nursing Program

11499 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246
(513) 771-2795

Fortis College Practical Nursing Program

2545 Bailey Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 923-9959

Fortis College Practical Nursing Program

653 Enterprise Parkway
Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 297-7319

Fortis College Practical Nursing Program

4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 120
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 882-2551

Great Oaks School of Practical Nursing

3254 East Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
(513) 771-8810

The Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing

230 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 3
Salem, OH 44460
(330) 332-8940

Hocking Technical College Nursing Technology Career Ladder Program

(Practical Nursing Program)
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764-9704
(740) 753-6350

Hondros College, School of Nursing

Practical Nursing Program
7600 Tylers Place Boulevard
West Chester, OH 45069
(800) 783-0095

James A. Rhodes College Practical Nursing Program

4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804
(419) 995-8218

The Knoedler School of Practical Nurse Education

1565 Route 167
Jefferson, OH 44047
(440) 576-5545

Knox County Career Center Practical Nursing Program

308 Martinsburg Road
Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
(740) 393-2933

Lincoln College of Technology Nursing Education Program

111 W. First St., Suite 700
Dayton, OH 45202
(937) 224-0061

Lorain County Community College Practical Nursing Program

1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(800) 995-5222, x4015

Marymount School of Practical Nursing

12300 McCracken Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
(216) 587-8160

Miami – Jacobs Career College Practical Nursing Program

401 E. 3rd St.
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-5174

Miami Valley Career Technology Center Program of Practical Nurse Education

6800 Hoke Road
Clayton, OH 45315
(937) 854-6297

Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Adult Center for Education PN Program

400 Richards Road
Zanesville, OH 43701
(740) 455-3111, x147

Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Zanesville Campus High School PN Program

400 Richards Road
Zanesville, OH 43701
(740) 455-3111, x147

Nancy J. Knight School of Nursing

Practical Nursing Program
2280 State Route 540
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
(937) 599-3010 x1400

North Central State College Practical Nurse Program

2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, OH 44906
(419) 755-4800

Northcoast Medical Training Academy Practical Nursing Program

1832 State Route 59
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 678-6600

Northwest State Community College Practical Nursing Program

22-600 State Route 34
Archbold, OH 43502
(419) 267-1246

Ohio American Healthcare, Inc. Practical Nursing Program

2323 Lake Club Drive
Columbus, OH 43232
(614) 866-9680

Ohio Institute of Allied Health Practical Nursing Program

2380 Bellbrook Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 372-3454

Ohio Medical Career Center Practical Nursing Education Program

1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, Suite 110
Dayton, OH 45408
(937) 567-8880

Owens Community College Practical Nurse Program

PO Box 10000
Toledo, OH 43699
(567) 661-7338

Pickaway-Ross County JVSD Practical Nursing Education Program

C/O VA Medical Center
Dennewitz Hall, Building 4
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 642-1440

Pike County Career Technology Center Practical Nursing Program

175 Beaver Creek Road
P.O. Box 577
Piketon, OH 45661
(740) 289-4172

Portage Lakes Career Center W. Howard Nicol School of Practical Nursing

4401 Shriver Road
Uniontown, OH 44685
(330) 896-8105

Practical Nursing Education Program

6685 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 825-6255

Professional Skills Institute School of Practical Nursing

5115 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 720-6670

The Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing

530 North Lincoln Avenue
Alliance, OH 44601
(330) 829-2284

Sandusky Career Center School of Practical Nursing

2130 Hayes Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 624-3260

The School of Nursing at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

8001 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 746-8200

Scioto County JVS Practical Nursing Program

951 Vern Riffe Drive
Lucasville, OH 45648
(740) 259-5526

Southern State Community College Practical Nursing Program

100 Hobart Drive
Hillsboro, OH 45133
(937) 393-3431 x2640

Stautzenberger College Practical Nursing Program

1796 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 866-0261

Toledo School of Practical Nursing

1530 N. Superior Street
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 671-8706

Tri-Rivers Center for Adult Education in Nursing

333 E. Center Street
Marion, OH 43302
(740) 389-4682 x500

Trumbull Career and Technical Center School of Practical Nursing-Post Secondary

528 Educational Highway
Warren, OH 44483
(330) 847-0503

Upper Valley Joint Vocational School of Practical Nursing

Stouder Center, Suite 1472
1100 Wayne Street
Troy, OH 45373
(937) 440-0550

Washington State Community College Practical Nursing Education

710 Colegate Drive
Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 374-8716

Wayne County Joint Vocational High School Practical Nurse Program

518 West Prospect Street
Smithville, OH 44677
(330) 669-7030

Willoughby Eastlake School of Practical Nursing

25 Public Square
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 602-5094

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Ohio LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Ohio schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Ohio 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 Ohio

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 Ohio

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 Ohio 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 Ohio as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Ohio

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 Ohio 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

Ohio 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