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 is 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 Nurses (LPN). Students must pass the NCLEX for practical nurses to be licensed and work as practical nurses in the state of Ohio.
- 18 years of age or older; may be accepted at 17 years of age if otherwise meets the requirements of admission
- 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 70% in Reading, 70% in Vocabulary, and 70% in Math.
- 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 it 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
- The program Coordinator and/or Adult Education Director may allow some exceptions to these admissions criteria
Next Class: Begins September 5, 2023 Completes August 2024
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
The class size is limited to 28 students.
Program Costs and Information Sheet
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
Contact the Financial Aid Office to complete certification.
Ohio Means Jobs
- Financial Assistance may be available for those that qualify through your local Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) agency. Students must work directly with OMJ to apply. Additional information
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 are 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.