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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 accreditation is through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
General Information
Next Program Dates:  September 9, 2019 through August 6, 2020   
  • 1318 total clock hours completed within 12 months  
  • Classes will meet from 7:30 am - 3:45 pm Monday through Thursday
  • Class size is limited  
  • Clinical hours will typically be the same as class hours however extended hours and weekends may be necessary
  • Precepting hours will vary according to availability. These are completed at the end of the program. 

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 trained as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) or acquire that certificate by the end of their first term in the program.

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

Educational Costs for 2018-2019 Program
Before applying, students and parents should assess all the costs of attending. The Financial Aid Office establishes standard budgets, which reflect average costs for students during a typical period of enrollment. Actual expenses vary among students depending on lifestyles, priorities, and obligations. To assist applicants in determining their need to meet all costs of education, direct or indirect, a schedule of tuition and fees costs have been provided below.  
Direct Costs include Tuition, Books and HESI Software:  Total $12,148.  Additional out-of-pocket expenses are the estimated costs the students will pay for required equipment, uniforms, shoes, drug screening, background checks, immunizations and licensing fees: Total $1,519 (cost will vary depending on immunization history).     
Indirect Costs include housing allowance, personal expenses, transportation costs, and child care. These are costs included in the cost of attendance calculation to determine financial aid.  Actual costs vary student to student. Indirect cost for an Independent student: $8,460.  Indirect Cost for a Dependent student:  $1,810.
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 (Pell, FSEOG, Direct Loans).  Also available for Ohio residents is the Workforce Development Revolving Loan.  For details on all assistance programs, 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.   
Gainful Employment
Gainful employment disclosures include On Time Completion Rates; Median Debt; and Placement rates. This information is required by our accrediting agency, however, this data is not available at this time since the program is new and will not complete the first class until 7/11/2019.
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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
M.S., R.N. 
contact us
Jean Sullivan
Jean Sullivan
Practical Nursing Program Administrator/Instructor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2080
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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