Practical Nursing Program


Practical nurses are essential to the healthcare profession, serving as vital links between physicians, registered nurses, and patients. Practical nurses function as members of the client care team in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

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The practical nurse engages in a multitude of tasks including the following: assisting the client to learn appropriate self-care techniques; observing, recording, and reporting to appropriate supervisory personnel the client’s general physical and mental condition and any signs and symptoms that may be indicative of change; administering medications; performing wound care; and, preparing patients for operative procedures and other treatments.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Diploma in Practical Nursing. In order to obtain the required license to work as a practical nurse in the State of Ohio, the graduate must take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam.


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Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Practical Nursing program is expected to:

  • 1
    Function within the legal and ethical scope of practice for the licensed practical nurse in Ohio.
  • 2
    Apply knowledge from the basic biological, physical, social, behavioral, and technological sciences.
  • 3
    Apply principles of microbiology, nutrition, and pharmacology in the care of the assigned client throughout the life-span.
  • 4
    Utilize the nursing process in meeting the various nursing care needs of diverse socio-cultural populations across the life span.
  • 5
    Provide safe, caring interventions to clients/families during states of health and health deviation to promote self-care.
  • 6
    Integrate critical thinking when incorporating knowledge from nursing and related disciplines.
  • 7
    Demonstrate strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health.
  • 8
    Demonstrate behaviors that reflect the values of nursing as a caring profession.
  • 9
    Utilize effective communication skills to interact with clients/families and other members of the health care team.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Be 18 years of age or older prior to attending any clinical component of a course.
Meet minimum required score of 50% on the HESI Entrance Exam.
  • Application/Registration Fee
  • Proof of Graduation
  • GED/High School Transcript
  • High School Diploma
  • College Transcript (as required)
  • High School Attestation
  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation Received (as required)
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of US Residency (Social Security Card, Resident Alien Card, Current US Passport or Naturalization Certificate)
  • Two Character Reference Letters (not from relatives)
  • BCI/FBI Background (use code 4723-09)
  • Tdap vaccination
  • Influenza vaccination (annual)
  • MMR vaccination or titer
  • Varicella vaccination or titer
  • Hepatitis B vaccination, titer, or declination form
  • TB screening (Two-step method, Proof of annual one-step method, QuantiFERON-TB Gold, or Chest X-ray)
  • Ten-panel drug screen
  • BLS for Healthcare Provider (Current CPR certification)

Students are required to satisfactory complete each of the following clinical requirements above before registering for any clinical(s).

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