Oregon LPN Programs
Steps to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Oregon
Step #1: Oregon State Licensing of LPNs
As most states do, the great State of Oregon also mandates that a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN, be licensed in Oregon before working in this profession. The Oregon State Board of Nursing is the organization that you will be working with when you are ready to apply for your state license.
This is a complete list of the steps that you must take to get licensed in your state:
- Graduation from a Board approved campus-based on online Oregon LPN program. Note: Associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees are also acceptable forms of education; although, they are not required.
- Successful passage of the NCLEX-PN.
- An application fee of $160 will be enforced to apply for the NCLEX-PN and the state license.
- Submit to a criminal background evaluation.
- Complete a fingerprint packet. The fee for this is $52.
You must pay all associated fees before you can be considered for licensure in Oregon. In addition, if you are not able to pass the NCLEX-PN on the first try, a supplemental application fee of $25 will be assessed for each time that you attempt to retake the test.
Many states are now making the submission of a criminal background evaluation a requirement of state licensure. What is different about Oregon is that they require the addition of the fingerprinting process before you can be licensed as an LPN.
The Board enforces this regulation because of the nature of the work of a Licensed Practical Nurse. As an LPN, you will be working with and administering a large variety of drugs, and you will be privy to private patient information. Both the criminal background check and the fingerprinting identification are used to help ensure that all LPNs are working on a legitimate basis.
Step# 2: License Renewal and Continuing Education
In Oregon, you LPN license will expire every two years on your own personal date of birth. Every time that you renew your license, a fee of $145 is mandated. If you fail to renew your license on time but within 60 days of expiration, the fee will then be $157. However, if your license is not renewed within that 60 day period of time, you then must reactivate your license, and there will be a cost of $160 to do so.
As a Licensed Practical Nurse in Oregon, you will be held to some continuing education requirements, as well. You must take at least seven courses in pain management for every renewal period of your license, and one of those courses must be taken directly from the State of Oregon.
Step #3: National Testing
Now that you have completed your schooling and have obtained your certificate of completion or related degree, you are now ready to prepare for and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practicing Nurses, also called the NCLEX-PN. You must register with the Oregon Board of Nursing in order to take this test, and your $160 fee will be inclusive of this test.
You are permitted to repeat this exam as needed but doing so will cost you more time and more money. As stated above, the cost to retest is $25 for each time. Do not worry if you need to retake the test as it will have no reflection on your ability to obtain state licensure as an LPN.
What will your Paycheck Look Like?
As a Licensed Practical Nurse in Oregon, you can expect to make approximately $44,000 per year.