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On their road to recovery, patients need more than medication – they also need steady, compassionate hands to care for them at their bedsides and to administer the medical procedures they need. These are roles fulfilled by licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Licensed practical nurses not only provide direct care to patients but also administer some medications and medical procedures.

Training to become a licensed practical nurse is a relatively short process that takes anywhere from 12-18 months. Before becoming licensed to practice as an LPN, prospective students must pass the national certification exam, the NCLEX-PN. Over seventy LPN programs are available throughout the state of Ohio, so it is quite likely that prospective students can find one that works for their schedules and learning needs.

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Upon successful certification, students can seek employment in a wide range of settings, from short-term rehabilitative care to long-term home or hospice care. Some of the major employers of Ohio’s licensed practical nurses are the Department of Veterans Affairs, TriHealth, and ResCare. The state’s LPNs report a median annual salary of $40,120. The middle fifty percent of salaries range between $34,960 and $45,660. On top of that, due to the nature of their jobs, licensed practical nurses can look forward to a challenging and emotionally fulfilling career.

Are you interested in training to become a licensed practical nurse? You might find the list below of accredited Ohio training programs helpful in beginning your search.

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Akron

Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Akron School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Portage Lakes Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Northcoast Medical Training Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Herzing University - Akron
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.5% 2010 to 2017
Akron School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Portage Lakes Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2017
Northcoast Medical Training Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Herzing University - Akron
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Canton

Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Canton City Schools, Adult Career & Technical Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Ross College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Canton City Schools, Adult Career & Technical Education
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Ross College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Cincinnati

Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Cincinnati
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Antonelli College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Fortis College - Cincinnati
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2010 to 2017
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.6% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Antonelli College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Cleveland

Lorain County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cuyahoga Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Auburn Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lorain County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2017
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 82.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cuyahoga Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Central School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Auburn Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Columbus

Columbus School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Central Ohio Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Columbus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Columbus State Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Hondros College of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Felbry College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbus School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009 to 2017
Central Ohio Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Fortis College - Columbus
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.7% 2011 to 2017
Columbus State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Hondros College of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2017
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Certificate in Practical Nursing 66.2% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Felbry College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 53.1% 2010 to Q1-2 2013

Dayton

Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Upper Valley Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Centerville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Ohio Medical Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Upper Valley Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Fortis College - Centerville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
Certificate in Practical Nursing 63.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Ohio Medical Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 53.8% 2010 to Q1-2 2013

Toledo

Acadia Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Owens Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Professional Skills Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Toledo School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Stautzenberger College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Athena Career Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Richard Medical Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Acadia Career Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% Q1-2 2013 to Q1-2 2013
Owens Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Professional Skills Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2017
Toledo School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Stautzenberger College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.9% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Athena Career Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing 71.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Richard Medical Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Youngstown

ETI Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Choffin Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
ETI Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Choffin Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2012

Other Ohio cities

Sandusky Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Hocking College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Northwest State Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Southern State Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Washington State Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Wayne County Schools Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Buckeye Hills Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Knox Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
EHOVE Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
North Central State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Apollo Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Clark State Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Collins Career Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Scioto County Career Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Pike County Career Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rhodes State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Nancy J Knight School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Belmont College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Sandusky Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Hocking College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Northwest State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Southern State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Eastern Gateway Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.9% 2009 to 2012
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Washington State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Wayne County Schools Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 79.5% 2009 to 2012
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Knox Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
EHOVE Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
North Central State College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Apollo Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Clark State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 87.8% 2009 to 2012
Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Collins Career Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Scioto County Career Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Pike County Career Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Rhodes State College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2017
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nancy J Knight School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Belmont College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013