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Practical Nursing

Our practical nursing program at Sumner College is a 50 week diploma program designed to develop nurses for a variety of healthcare settings, while providing them the knowledge of issues shaping nursing and today’s healthcare workforce.  Licensed practical nurses (LPN) work in many different areas in healthcare including nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and private home care. Licensed practical nurses work under the guidance of registered nurses and physicians, and some experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.


Our practical nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) and accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 

Promoting Excellence in Nursing

Our practical nursing program focuses on promoting intellectual growth and development. At Sumner College, we work closely with students to provide an educational environment that is conducive to learning. It is our goal to educate well rounded nurses, who will one day make an impact on the workforce and become leaders in their field.

It is our responsibility to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and ability needed to become successful in their chosen field. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a practical nurse. 

Graduates of the Practical Nursing program will be reimbursed for the costs to take the NCLEX if they sit for the exam within 30 days after the term ends. Reimbursement costs include the state application fee (any state), the costs of fingerprinting, and the Pearson Vue exam fee

Practical Nursing Information Sheet

Why Sumner College?

  • Our program does not require any prerequisite coursework
  • The program is designed to be completed in 50 weeks
  • Small lab classes offer individual attention and support
  • Our college has been accredited since 1978 with the focus on providing high quality, career focused education
  • Graduates will be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a licensed practical nurse.

Where Do Our Graduates Work?

  • Sonobello
  • Covenant Dove
  • Albertina Kerr
  • Peacehealth
  • Fresenius
  • Portland Clinic
  • PSA Healthcare
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • Maryswoods
  • Holladay Park

How do I get started?

If you are interested in finding out more about our practical nursing program at Sumner College, please contact our admissions department at or for the Parkway Campus located just off I-5 and Carman Drive, please call 503-223-5100. For the Cascade Campus located near the airport please call 503-972-6230. Our Practical Nursing Information packet takes you step by step through the application process. 

Practical Nursing Information Packet

Practical Nursing Application


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Practical Nursing

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Associate Degree in Nursing
Practical Nursing
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