If you live in Ohio and are looking for a way to break into the field of nursing as quickly as possible, consider training to become a licensed practical nurse. In Ohio as in most other states, LPNs are in high demand. Best of all, however, is that most LPN training programs can be completed in 12 to 18 months, and you should be able to start applying for LPN jobs shortly thereafter.
To become a licensed LPN in Ohio, you must take and pass the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. To be eligible to sit for this exam, you must take and pass an LPN program that's approved by the Board of Nursing. In addition to preparing you for the exam, your training will arm you with the knowledge and skills that you need to be an effective LPN. There are many programs to choose from, and you'll find recommendations for the top LPN schools in OH below.
LPN LICENSING REQUIREMENTS IN OHIO
So, what does it take to become an LPN in Ohio? Get up to speed about licensing requirements for LPNs in the Buckeye State to get through the process as quickly as possible:
- Complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Expect this to take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.
- Apply for your license by submitting an application for licensure by exam to the Ohio Board of Nursing, completing criminal background check as well as paying fees for your license application.
- Register for, take and pass the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. Note that it is administered at sites around the state on dates throughout the year.
Because Ohio, at the time of this writing, does not belong to the Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC, LPNs with valid multistate licenses from other states must transfer theirs through an endorsement process. You can get specific information regarding the endorsement process for LPN licenses in OH by contacting the Ohio Board of Nursing. It should be noted here that at the time of this writing Ohio has pending legislation for NLC.
Ohio Board of Nursing
After completing your training and passing the exam, you'll submit an application for licensure to the Ohio Board of Nursing. Note that this is the same agency that handles all manner of licensing issues, including transfers and renewals. Keep the contact information on hand:Ohio Board of Nursing
17 S High St #660, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-3947
Fax: (614) 466-0388
LPN SALARY & EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK IN OHIO
Although it doesn't take a ton of time or money to complete the steps that are needed to become a licensed practical nurse in Ohio, you will still be investing a decent amount into pursuing this objective. When you're done, you'd probably like to have access to plenty of jobs — and you'd probably like to be as well-compensated as possible too.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, LPNs in the state of Ohio earn an average income of $46,590 per year, which is equal to $22.40 per hour. It's just a bit lower than the national average salary for LPNs - $48,820, which is equal to $23.47 per hour -, but it’s well above the federal minimum wage.
LPNs in Ohio are also in high demand, and that is expected to remain true for a long time to come. According to the BLS, the LPN field in the state of Ohio is expected to grow by 20 percent between 2014 and 2024. This is significantly faster than the national growth rate of 16 percent. It means that every year during that period, around 1,930 new LPN jobs will be added.
LPN Salaries in Ohio by Area
As you probably already know, several factors affect how much you can expect to make as an LPN in OH. Some, like level of experience, you have no real control over. Others, like location, can conceivably be managed. For example, you might find it's worth it to relocate to a different part of the state for better pay and opportunities.
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
TOP LPN PROGRAMS IN OHIO
You can choose from dozens of approved LPN training programs in Ohio, including programs that are exclusively campus based and programs that include online components for more flexibility. In addition to confirming that a program is approved by the Board of Nursing, check its pass rates for the NCLEX-PN. They should be 95 percent or higher.
Since it can be tricky to zero in on suitable training programs with so many available, here are some recommendations for reputable LPN programs in OH:
Academia Medical Institute3445 South Blvd, Columbus, OH 43204
Acadia Career Institute17345 McCutchenville Road, Pemberville, OH 43450
American Institute of Alternative Medicine6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229
Apollo Career Center3325 Shawnee Rd, Cridersville, OH 45806
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus1565 OH-167, Jefferson, OH 44047
Athena Career Academy5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560
ATS Institute of Technology325 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights, OH 44143
Auburn Career Center8140 Auburn Rd, Painesville, OH 44077
Beckfield College225 Pictoria Dr #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Belmont College120 Fox Shannon Pl, St Clairsville, OH 43950
Bryant & Stratton College12955 Snow Rd, Parma, OH 44130
Bryant & Stratton College190 Montrose W Ave, Akron, OH 44321
Buckeye Hills Career Center351 Buckeye Hills Rd, Centerville, OH 45685
Butler Tech3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011
Canton City School District - Adult Career & Technical Education305 McKinley Ave NW, Canton, OH 44702
Central Ohio Technical College1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
Choffin Career & Technical Center200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503
Cincinnati State Great Oaks17 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Clark State Community CollegeE Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505
Collins Career Technical Center11627 OH-243, Chesapeake, OH 45619
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center9364 OH-45, Lisbon, OH 44432
Columbus City Schools270 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus State Community College550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cuyahoga Community College200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141
Eastern Gateway Community College4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952
EHOVE Career Center316 W Mason Rd, Milan, OH 44846
ETI Technical College2076 Youngstown Rd SE, Warren, OH 44484
Felbry College6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
Fortis College11499 Chester Rd #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Fortis College2545 Bailey Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Fortis College555 E Alex Bell Rd, Centerville, OH 45459
Fortis College - Columbus4151 Executive Pkwy #120, Westerville, OH 43081
Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing230 N Lincoln Ave #3, Salem, OH 44460
Herzing University1600 S Arlington St #100, Akron, OH 44306
Hocking College3301 Hocking Pkwy, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Hondros College of Nursing4140 Executive Pkwy, Westerville, OH 43081
Knox Technical Center308 Martinsburg Rd, Mt Vernon, OH 43050
Lorain County Community College1005 Abbe Rd N, Elyria, OH 44035
MDT College of Health Sciences325 Alpha Park, Highland Heights, OH 44143
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers400 Richards Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701
North Central State College2441 Kenwood Cir, Mansfield, OH 44906
Northcoast Medical Training Academy1832 OH-59, Kent, OH 44240
Northern Career Institute34050 Glen Dr #2, Eastlake, OH 44095
Northwest State Community College22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH 43502
Ohio Institute of Allied Health6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424
Ohio Medical Career College1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45373
Owens Community College3200 Bright Rd, Findlay, OH 45840
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center895 Crouse Chapel Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Portage Lakes Career Center4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685
Professional Skills Institute1505 Holland Rd, Maumee, OH 43537
Rhodes State College4240 Campus Dr, Lima, OH 45804
Richard Medical Academy5237 Renwyck Dr # A, Toledo, OH 43615
Ross College - North Canton4300 Munson St NW, Canton, OH 44718
Sandusky City Schools2130 Hayes Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870
Scioto County Career Technical Center951 Vern Riffe Dr, Lucasville, OH 45648
Southern State Community College100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, OH 45133
Stark State College6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720
Stautzenberger College1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537
The Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing500 Glamorgan St, Alliance, OH 44601
Toledo Public Schools - Adult Education3281 Upton Ave, Toledo, OH 43613
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing1563 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd, Marion, OH 43302
Upper Valley Career Center8811 Career Dr, Piqua, OH 45356
Washington State Community College710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH 45750
Wayne County Schools Career Center - Adult Education518 W Prospect St, Smithville, OH 44677
Training to become an LPN is one of the best ways to break into the exciting field of nursing. The sooner you complete your training, the sooner you will earn your license. Find a program that works for you and enroll today!