LPN Programs in Ohio

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With nearly 39,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) working in Ohio, this profession is a thriving subset of the state’s nursing industry. In fact, Ohio boasts the fifth largest employment of licensed practical nurses in the nation, with LPNs accounting for more than seven of every 1,000 jobs in the state. These professionals work in facilities like hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ offices, where they provide the high quality patient care that is expected from the nursing community. This page explores potential educational and career paths of LPNs in Ohio, including licensure information and salary outlook.

Top LPN Programs in Ohio

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The top LPN programs listed in this state's ranking were determined by comparison of three primary, equally-weighted criteria including

  • Student-to-faculty ratio
  • In-state tuition
  • Graduation rate

Additional details for each school were included:

  • Count of programs available
  • Public and not-for-profit schools
  • Normalized on a 100 percent curve

The methodology used for tie-break is as follows...

  • Ties are broken based on lowest average net price for full-time, first-time undergraduates paying in-state tuition (average cost of tuition and expenses after grants and scholarships).
  • If necessary, the lowest in-state tuition rate is used as a second tie-break
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Graduation Rate
1 Eastern Gateway Community College 93.33 $$$$$ 17:1 24%
2 Belmont College 93.33 $$$$$ 11:1 12%
3 Clark State Community College 93.33 $$$$$ 14:1 12%
4 Rhodes State College 93.33 $$$$$ 14:1 19%
5 North Central State College 92.67 $$$$$ 15:1 15%
6 Ashland University 92.67 $$$$$ 13:1 57%
7 Washington State Community College 91.67 $$$$$ 11:1 17%
8 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 91.67 $$$$$ 15:1 16%
9 Columbiana County Career and Technical Center 91.33 $$$$$ 16:1 85%
10 Northwest State Community College 91.33 $$$$$ 17:1 18%
11 Lorain County Community College 90 $$$$$ 20:1 13%
12 Hocking College 90 $$$$$ 16:1 18%
13 Southern State Community College 89.67 $$$$$ 18:1 19%
14 Central Ohio Technical College 88.67 $$$$$ 15:1 11%
15 Owens Community College 88 $$$$$ 16:1 10%
16 University of Rio Grande 88 $$$$$ 19:1 39%
17 Cuyahoga Community College 87.33 $$$$$ 21:1 5%
18 Columbus State Community College 87.33 $$$$$ 19:1 11%
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Finding LPN Education Programs in Ohio

Those want to study practical nursing in Ohio can choose between certificate and diploma programs or associate degree options offered through technical and community colleges. Using the search tool below, prospective LPN students can find the school that best meets their needs based on location, school size, and cost.

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Licensure Requirements for Ohio LPNs

Like other types of nurses, Ohio requires that LPNs earn licenses in order to practice in the state. LPNs must meet requirements set forth by the Ohio Board of Nursing to obtain their licensure. Learn about eligibility, education and additional licensure requirements here.

Basic Eligibility

  • Complete the Application for Licensure by Examination to Practice Nursing in Ohio.
  • Send it to the nursing board.

Education & Training Requirements

In order to obtain a license in Ohio, LPNs must complete a degree program that has been approved by the Board. Those who graduated from schools outside of Ohio must provide proof that they completed coursework in IV therapy and medication administration.

Additional Requirements for Licensure

  • Pay the required $75 non-refundable application fee. Make the check payable to "Treasurer, State of Ohio."
  • Arrange to have the director of their nursing program send a completion letter directly to the Board.
  • Alternately, applicants who graduated from schools outside of the state should have their official transcripts sent.
  • Complete criminal background check.
  • Register for and pass the NCLEX-PN.

Renewal Requirements

In order to continue working in Ohio, LPNs must have their licenses renewed every two years. They must complete 24 hours of continuing education, which includes a one-hour course on the law and rules of nursing practice.

Salaries for LPNs in Ohio

Like other areas of nursing, the salaries that licensed practical nurses command depends on where they live and work in Ohio. This section gives a glimpse of how much these professionals can make in different locations around the state.

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Ohio LPN Employment Trends

LPNs can work in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, physicians’ offices, and hospices. In addition, they may also specialize in various practice areas, which allows them to work with patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. Statistics about LPN employment can be found in this section.

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