Practical Nursing

practical nursing

This program is a state-approved educational program preparing students for their licensure examination for practical nurses.  The program consists of classroom, clinical and laboratory components.  Classroom and lab instruction are located at Vantage Career Center; however, clinical sites vary and can include local hospitals, community agencies, and long-term care facilities.  This program is governed by the Ohio Board of Nursing for nursing education.  
Students must complete all courses with a grade of 75% or better and an attendance average of 90% or better in each phase.  Successful 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 a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Students must pass the NCLEX for practical nurses to be licensed and work as a practical nurse in the state of Ohio.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a valid high school diploma or have attained a GED equivalency certificate  High school students in their last semester and on-track to meet all requirements for graduation will be considered for acceptance upon graduation       
  • Meet required standards on both pre-admissions assessments:  WorkKeys - A level 4 score or greater is required in each of the three areas tested:  Math, Workplace Documents (skill to read and comprehend workplace documents), Graphic Literacy (skill to locate and find information); HESI - Required scores of at least a 65% in Reading, 65% in Vocabulary, 60% in Math, and an overall composite score of 65% or better  
  • Pass a drug screening and FBI/BCI background check
  • Meet necessary health requirements
  • Must be a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA or CNA) or will be by the first day of class
  • Must possess a current professional CPR certification by the first day of class and maintain throughout the program
  • Possess physical and mental capabilities (with documentation from health care provider on physical examination) in order to successfully complete the nursing program and provide safe patient care
  • Program Coordinator and/or Adult Education Director may allow some exceptions to these admissions criteria
1,318 total clock hours completed in approximately 44 weeks of training
Classes will meet from 7:30am - 3:45pm Monday through Thursday
Clinical hours will vary depending on the site
Precepting hours will vary according to availability
Class size is limited to 28 students.   
Contact our Enrollment Coordinator for information on our next class.


2021-2022 Program Costs:  Tuition $12,000  Books, Software & Supplies $1,675, NCLEX Licensure expenses $350

Additional out of pocket expenses approximately $408 for application fee, pre-admission exams, drug screening, FBI/BCI background checks, physical, black shoes, watch with second hand.  

Some students may incur expenses for vaccinations/titers if they cannot provide documentation of required immunizations, STNA training, CPR training, additional uniforms.   

Financial Assistance is available for those that qualify 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

Healthcare workers are essential to our society.  According to the United States Department of Labor, the need for Licensed Practical Nurses is projected to grow 11%, much faster than average for all occupations. The 2019 median pay for this profession was $47,480 per year.  Statistics taken from the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook.  To explore this career further visit O*NET Online.  The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor.    


contact us

Jessica Hoyng
Jessica Hoyng
Nursing Instructor/ Administrator in Training Practical Nursing Program
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2008
Jean Sullivan
Practical Nursing Program Administrator / Instructor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2080
Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
Enrollment, Assessment, and Customized Training Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
Jaclyn Gunsett
Jaclyn Gunsett
Financial Aid Coordinator / VA Certifying Official / Accreditation Liaison Officer
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
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