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practical nursing

practical nursing certificate

Practical Nurses (LPN’s) deal with people: sick, injured, and well. They work closely with the patient at the bedside under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, dentist, or podiatrist. Practical nurses collect patient data, provide teaching, pass medications, and perform wound care.

Where You Could Go

Employment settings include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, home health agencies, physicians’ offices, patient education facilities. Many students start in practical nursing and go on to earn an associate degree in nursing, to become an RN. The advantage is that they can work as an LPN while pursuing their associate degree.

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online.

Job Demand

The field of nursing is experiencing a shortfall and many practical nursing graduates are hired immediately.

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Both associate degree nursing and practical nursing programs consistently score above the national average on their licensure exams.

Program Outcomes

  Graduates Exam Pass Rate†
2013 17 100%
2014 11 100%
2015 11 100%
2016 9 100%
2017 14 100%

 † First Time Pass Rate for Practical Nursing


Ohio Board of Nursing AccreditatedOhio Approved

This program has received the Ohio Board of Nursing Full Approval status.
The last site visit was May 14, 2015.

Web Site: www.nursing.ohio.gov


Local Job Growth

Data provided by our Career Coach website. Percentage reflects the predicted job growth over the next 5 years in the North Central Region* of Ohio.

Entry-Level Salary

Data provided by our Career Coach website. Salary range is calculated for the North Central Region* of Ohio and includes jobs that may require a bachelor's degree.

Gainful Employment




Curriculum Worksheet
Courses Plan by Semester
Required Courses Required Courses
Descriptions of Courses


>> Philosophy of the PN Program


An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report/FBI background check and drug screening is required in order to begin the clinical sequence. 



  Entrance Test - TEAS
PDF Practical Nursing Admission Procedures
PDF Practical Nursing Advanced Standing Admission Procedures
PDF Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing Articulation Curriculum
PDF Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing Articulation Admission Procedures


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Melinda Roepke

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Dawn Fagan

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*The North Central Region of Ohio includes these counties: Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Huron, Seneca, Wyandot, Marion, Morrow, Knox, and Delaware.



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