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.
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.


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 lifespan.
  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 healthcare team.

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements for admission:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a high school graduate and submit proof of graduation (diploma or transcript) or have successfully passed the General Education Development Test (GED) and submit the transcript.
    • All high school transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated for equivalency to high school diploma in the US.
  • Submit an application form with a non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit two favorable character references. A relative may not give a reference.
  • Complete Background Checks- both BCI & FBI.
  • Successfully complete an admissions assessment designed to assess cognitive ability. Score a minimum of 13 on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) entrance assessment exam. The exam must be taken and passed before an applicant can begin any studies in the program. Photo identification must be presented prior to testing.

Program Fees

Tuition $16,087.50
Skills Lab Fees/ Technology Fee $981.00
Integrated Assessment Package $1,483.50
Total Costs $18,552.00

Other Fees

Registration Fee $125.00
Graduation Fee $100.00
College Catalog 2019