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practical nursing program
The Ohio Technical Center Practical Nursing Program provides 1318 clock hours of training within 12 months. The program consists of classroom, clinical and laboratory components. Clinical experiences will take place at local hospitals and long-term care facilities.  All graduates of this program will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses to become licensed as a practical nurse (LPN).
Credentialing Information  
The Practical Nursing Program is governed by the Ohio Board of Nursing for nursing education. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Program Dates
2019-2020 Program Begins:  September 9, 2019            Ends:  August 7, 2020      
2020-2021 Program Begins:  September 8, 2020            Ends:  August 5, 2021 
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 class.  WorkKeys/HESI Prep Classes are available to help students prepare for their WorkKeys & HESI pre-entrance assessments.  Anyone interested must attend an orientation and commit to attend a minimum of 12 hours.  Classes meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am-12:00pm.  
Orientation dates:  October 16, November 6, January 8, February 5, March 11, April 15, May 20. 
Financial Aid Update
The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is NOW AVAILABLE at 
General Information
Program consists of 1318 total clock hours completed within 12 months.
Classes will meet from 7:30am - 3:45pm Monday through Thursday. 
Clinical hours will typically be the same as class hours however extended hours and weekends may be necessary occasionally.  Precepting hours will vary according to availability and are completed at the end of the program.    
The program cost sheet and textbook list are available to the right under "Forms".  
The school provides all required textbooks and software to the student at a discounted price.  These charges are applied to the student's account.  Students may chose to purchase these materials themselves.  Students who chose to do so must have the exact book available on the first day of the class and must notify the school one month prior to the start date.   

Admissions Criteria 

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Provide evidence of a valid high school diploma or have attained a GED equivalency certificate.       
  • Provide all official high school and post-secondary transcripts to the Ohio Technical Center Enrollment Coordinator.
  • Meet required standards on pre-entrance assessments (WorkKeys & HESI).  
  • Interview with program administrator.
  • Complete FBI and BCI screenings.
  • Students must be a certified Nurse Aid and have CPR training.

Essential Personal Characteristics   
  • Ability to critically think in order to apply sound judgement in the clinical setting
  • Ability to move freely from room to room in a clinical setting observing the patient and environment
  • Ability to collect objective data through the senses (such as auscultation and palpation)
  • Ability to prepare and administer medications; including the ability to accurately read the medication administration record, patient medical records and patient identifiers
  • Ability to lift and /or assist in the transport of patients
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both in verbal and written forms
  • Ability to treat patients, instructors and peers with respect and dignity

Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance is available for qualified students from a variety of sources.  Complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for Federal Financial Aid including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) and Federal Student Loans.  For details on all assistance available, see our Financial Aid page
Equipment/ Classroom Facilities

The Practical Nursing Program has a designated classroom and a dedicated lab. Equipment available includes teacher and student computers, a smart board, DVD and VHS player, six hospital beds, educational mannequins, educational models and nursing lab supplies needed for instructional purposes. The classroom also has a dedicated restroom for student use.

Job Outlook
According to the United States Department of Labor Outlook Handbook, the need for licensed practical nurses is projected to increase by 16% during the time frame of 2014-2024. This growth is much faster than average in comparison with other occupations.  Statistics are take from   
Employment Opportunities
Licensed Practical Nurses may be employed in physician offices, clinics, some general medical surgical hospitals, home health agencies, community care facilities (such as residential treatment facilities for mentally, chronically ill patients or rehabilitation services), hospice services and long term care facilities.   
To explore this career further visit (O*NET Online is created for the U.S. Department of Labor) . 
CIP Code:  51.3901   SOC Code:  29-2061
course descriptions
This is a complete list of classes a student is required to complete for the Practical Nursing Program.
Faculty and Staff
Jean Sullivan Practical Nursing Program Administrator / Instructor
Kelli Bergstrom Practical Nursing Full Time Instructor
Erin Askins Practical Nursing Part Time Instructor
Lisa Herron Practical Nursing Part Time Instructor
contact us
Jean Sullivan
Jean Sullivan
Practical Nursing Program Administrator / Instructor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2080
Kelli Bergstrom
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2008
Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
OTC Enrollment Coordinator / Customized Training Heathcare Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
Jaclyn Gunsett
Jaclyn Gunsett
Financial Aid Coordinator / VA School Certifying Official
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
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