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This program is offered at Clark State's Bellefontaine and Springfield - Leffel Lane locations.

The program is also offered as a part-time evening-weekend option at the campus in Beavercreek.

The 12-month Practical Nursing Certificate is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. 

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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 meet the following academic requirements:

  • Reading: Appropriate score on reading placement test (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) or completion of college preparatory reading (CPE 200 with a C or higher, or ENG 0800 with an A, or ENG 0850 with a C or higher). Students are excused from reading placement tests if they have obtained a C or higher in a college-level English composition course or have recently completed high school senior English with an appropriate grade in accordance with College policy.
  • Writing: Appropriate score on writing placement test (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) or completion of college preparatory writing (CPE 400 with a grade of C or higher, or ENG 0900 with a grade of C or higher). Students are excused from writing placement tests if they have obtained a C or better in a college-level English composition course or have recently completed high school senior English with an appropriate grade in accordance with College policy. 
  • Math: Appropriate scores on math/algebra placement tests (ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT) or completion of college preparatory math through MTH 0500 with a grade of C or higher, or MTH 0650 with a grade of C or higher within the past five years. Students are excused from math/algebra placement tests if they have obtained a C or higher in an Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) equivalent college-level math course within the past five years or have recently completed high school algebra II with an appropriate grade in accordance with College policy.
  • Grade point average (GPA): A minimum cumulative Clark State transcript GPA of 2.0 (preparatory courses are not included in the transcript GPA) as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the courses in the practical nursing curriculum.

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 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 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. Drug screening will also be required prior to clinical placement. 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 RequirementsTo progress in the program and qualify for a certificate in Practical Nursing, students must have a cumulative Clark State college GPA of 2.0 and must have a C as a minimum grade in all courses in the practical nursing program curriculum.

Student Achievement Data

Licensure examination pass rate- Performance on the licensure examination for first-time test-takers.

  • 2017 first time-takers from all cohorts (PN Full-time Program and PN Part-time Evening Weekend Program) = 87.10%
  • PN Full-time Day Program (Fall to Spring) = 86.84%
  • PN Full-time (Spring to Fall) = 100%
  • PN Part-time Evening Weekend Program (Fall to Fall)= 100%

Program Completion Rate - Percentage of students who graduate within a defined period of time.

  • PN Full-time Day Program (Fall-Spring) = 87%
  • PN Full-time Day (Spring to Fall) = 84%
  • PN Part-time Evening Weekend Program (Fall to Fall) = 87%

Curriculum Plan

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals may require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Download the curriculum sheet for the fall start program in Springfield.

Download the curriculum sheet for the spring start program in Bellefontaine.

Course Title Credits
BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology * ^ 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
MST 1105 Medical Terminology * 2
LPN 1101 Nursing Fundamentals 9
LPN 1201 Disease Process and Diet Therapy 4
LPN 1301 Pharmacology 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
LPN 1401 Nursing Care of Adults 9
LPN 1501 Nursing Care of Women, Infants & Children 5
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
  Total Credit Hours 45

* BIO 1105 and MST 1105 must be successfully completed with a C or better within five years of entry into the first LPN course. If older than five years, the course must be repeated.

^ BIO 2121 AND BIO 2122, if completed within the past 5 years with a C or better, can be substituted for BIO 1105.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.

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