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An aspiring licensed practical nurse (LPN) must be confident in the medical environment, passionate about caring for patients, and able to operate independently and effectively. LPNs administer medications, measure blood pressure and other vitals, and provide direct care to patients. To master these skills, Oregon’s LPNs must complete an education and training program at one of the state’s nursing schools.

LPN programs in Oregon
The certificate in licensed practical nursing is available at a dozen community colleges across Oregon, including Lane Community College in Eugene and Chemeketa Community College in Salem. A handful of private schools, like Concorde Career College in Portland and Institute of Technology in Salem, also offer an LPN certificate. The program provides training in physiology, anatomy, medication, and patient care, and it equips graduates to be leaders in the nursing field. Students complete a typical LPN program in 12 to 18 months. They must then pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam to practice in Oregon.

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Career outlook for Oregon’s LPNs
LPNs are highly valued by hospitals and clinics throughout Oregon. The median annual salary for an Oregon-based LPN is $48,100. Top performers earn $55,000 or more per year. With only 2,820 LPNs in Oregon, candidates are assured that demand will outstrip supply in the state’s hospitals and medical facilities. Major employers of practical nurses include Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, Providence Portland Medical Center, and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

Start your LPN career today. Take a look at our detailed list below of the best licensed practical nursing programs in Oregon.

Featured Schools

Eugene

Lane Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lane Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.6% 2009 to 2012

Portland

Mt. Hood Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Concorde Career College - Portland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Sumner College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Pioneer Pacific College - Wilsonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mt. Hood Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Concorde Career College - Portland
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Sumner College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2010 to 2012
Pioneer Pacific College - Wilsonville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2012

Salem

Chemeketa Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chemeketa Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.0% 2008 to 2012

Other Oregon cities

Central Oregon Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Klamath Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Oregon Coast Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Treasure Valley Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Rogue Community College - Medford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Umpqua Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Clatsop Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Central Oregon Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Klamath Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Oregon Coast Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Treasure Valley Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Rogue Community College - Medford
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2008 to 2012
Columbia Gorge Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012
Umpqua Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.1% 2010 to 2012
Clatsop Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.0% 2008 to 2012