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Practical Nursing Certificate - Evening Weekend

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek and Springfield locations.

The Practical Nursing program is also offered as an evening-weekend option at both the Springfield campus and the Greene Center campus in Beavercreek.  Classes in this option are offered via web conferencing modality.  This option provides students who are unable to attend school on a full-time basis during the day, another option for certificate completion. Students can enroll on a part-time basis, taking less than 12 credit hours during each semester. The program entrance requirements, learning outcomes, curriculum and clinical, graduation and licensure requirements are the same as listed for the full-time program. The program schedule that follows is designed for students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program of practical nurse education, the graduate will be able to:

  • Contribute to the data collection of the health care client from newborn through aged within prescribed settings.
  • Within the legal scope of practice for the Practical Nurse, participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care using the nursing process.
  • Provide safe nursing care in prescribed situations using nursing skills and principles from the biological and behavioral sciences.
  • Clearly and accurately report and document significant findings of the client’s condition to the appropriate individual in a timely manner.
  • Identify health care learning needs of assigned clients and assist in teaching the health care client.
  • Function as an active member of the nursing care team and assume responsibility for continuing growth in nursing knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate a code of behavior based on ethical principles and an understanding of the legal scope of practice of the Practical Nurse.

Technical Standards
Specific attributes, characteristics, and abilities are essential to practice nursing. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Students who enter the nursing program must be able to perform (with or without reasonable accommodations) these Essential Functions, which are linked to this program page on the College's web site.

Students who may require accommodations to perform the essential functions should contact the College's Office of Accessibility to request reasonable accommodations.

Students are asked to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and are able to perform the Essential Functions of the Student Nurse at the program orientation session. Attendance at this session is required for all students who have been accepted to start the nursing program's technical courses.

Program Application (Petition) Requirements
The number of students that can be admitted to the program each year is restricted due to the limited availability of clinical sites. All applicants are considered for admission by the date in which they complete all petitioning prerequisites and file a petition online to be placed on the waiting list.

To be eligible to petition to the Practical Nursing program, the student must have:

  • A minimum COMPASS reading score of 75. If the student does not obtain a 75, he/she Is required to take and pass with a grade of C or better the appropriate college preparatory course (CPE 0100 and/or CPE 0200).Students are excused from taking the COMPASS reading test if they have taken the ACT or SAT exam within the last three years and received a reading score of greater than or equal to 21 on the ACT and 450 on the SAT.
  • A minimum COMPASS writing score of 70. If the student does not obtain a 70, he/she is required to take and pass with a grade of C or better, the appropriate college preparatory course (CPE 0300 and/or CPE 0400). Students are excused from taking the COMPASS writing test if they have taken the ACT or SAT exam within the last three years and received a writing score of greater than or equal to 18 on the ACT and 420 on the SAT.
  • Students are excused from taking the reading and writing placement tests if they have obtained a C or better in a college-level English course.
  • A minimum COMPASS score of 47 on Pre-algebra and 45 on the Developmental Algebra test. If the student does not obtain the required scores, he/she must take and pass with a grade of C or better the appropriate college preparatory course(s) (CPE 0500 and/or CPE 0600). Students are excused from taking the math placement if they have taken the ACT or SAT exam within the last three years and received mathematics scores of 22 on the ACT or 520 on the SAT or received a C or better in a college-level math course within the past three years.
  • A GPA of greater than or equal to 2.0 in the courses pertaining to the identified nursing major.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate may apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-PN Examination. Candidates for licensure in Ohio must obtain a criminal background check and disclose information related to any prior felony or misdemeanor, any crime involving gross immorality or moral turpitude, any violation of a drug law, and/or recent diagnosis or treatment of a psychotic disorder. The Ohio Board of Nursing will determine whether the candidate may take the licensing exam.

Clinical Requirements
Prior to entering the first clinical nursing course (LPN 1101), students must have current professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provider status and must also have current state-tested nurse aide credentials and/or have satisfactorily completed MST 1181 or its equivalent within the past two years. Please contact your nursing advisor for further information about these requirements.

Practical Nursing students must also meet health and criminal background check requirements and have health insurance before they enter the first clinical nursing course. Specific information will be presented at orientation after acceptance into the Practical Nursing program.

Students will be billed for liability insurance for the clinical courses.

Progression and Graduation Requirements
To progress in the program and qualify for a certificate in Practical Nursing, students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must have a C as a minimum grade in BIO 1105 and all LPN courses.

Course Title Credits
ENG 1111 English I 3
MST 1105 Medical Terminology 2
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology * 3
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development * 3
LPN 1201 Disease Process and Diet Therapy 4
LPN 1301 Pharmacology 3
LPN 1101 Nursing Fundamentals 9
LPN 1501 Nursing Care of Women, Infants & Children 5
LPN 1401 Nursing Care of Adults 9
  Total Credit Hours 44

* BIO 1105 and PSY 2223 must be successfully completed within ten years of entry into the first LPN course. If older than ten years, the course must be repeated.