Practical Nursing Program

practical nursing

This program is offered full-time, implemented over 11 months, and provides 1318 clock hours of instruction. 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.  
 
CREDENTIALING INFORMATION
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).

PROGRAM DATES
Next Program Begins:  September 7, 2021      Ends:  August 4, 2022 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
1,318 total clock hours completed in 44 weeks of training
Classes will meet from 7:30am - 3:45pm Monday through Thursday. 
Class size is limited to 28 students. 
Clinical hours will vary depending on the site.
Precepting hours will vary according to availability.    

The school provides all required textbooks to the student at a discounted price.  These charges are applied to the student's account.  Students, however, may choose to purchase the books themselves.  Students must have the exact book and same edition and have it available by the first day of the class.  If you plan to buy books yourself, please notify the school one month prior to the start date so our book order can be adjusted. 
 
Prep Classes are available to help students prepare for their Workkeys and HESI pre-entrance assessments.  Contact the enrollment coordinator for details.
 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a valid high school diploma, GED or its equivalent       
  • Meet required standards on WorkKeys & HESI pre-entrance assessments  
  • Pass a Drug Screening and FBI/BCI background check
  • Meet necessary health requirements
  • Hold an active STNA/CNA license and active Basic Life Suppport/CPR certification PRIOR to start of 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


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
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
 
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

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.    
 
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 http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2061.00 (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
MSN, RN 
 
Jessica Hoyng Practical Nursing Administrator in Training / Instructor
MSN, RN

Erin Askins Practical Nursing Full Time Instructor
BSN, RN 
 
Sara Beining Practical Nursing Full Time Instructor
BSN, RN

Brenda Adams Practical Nursing Part Time Instructor
RN
 
Barbara Hoffman Practical Nursing Part Time Instructor
RN 
 
Samantha Joseph Practical Nursing Part Time Instructor
BSN, RN 
 
 Jeanne Elise Hoaglin Practical Nursing Part Time Instructor
 ASN
 
 
 

contact us

Jean Sullivan
Jean Sullivan
Practical Nursing Program Administrator / Instructor
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2080
Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
Enrollment Coordinator / Customized Training Heathcare 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