Practical Nursing Certificate

Melissa Harvey, MSN, Coordinator
Phone: (419)995-8347
Email: harvey.m@rhodesstate.edu
Office:  230C Cook Hall

This one-year certificate program prepares the graduate to provide direct basic nursing care as a practical nurse under the supervision of a registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, optometrist or podiatrist.

The curriculum integrates classroom, campus laboratory, and clinical instruction for skills which the practical nurse performs to contribute to the nursing care of patients. Supervised clinical experiences are scheduled in a variety of healthcare settings. The student must demonstrate technical knowledge, manual dexterity, interpersonal skills, caring behavior, and commitment to professional ethics.

The program has full approval of the Ohio Board of Nursing. The graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses. Graduates are then encouraged to continue their education through articulation into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Some applicants may choose to extend their course of study beyond the usual one-year plan due to academic deficiencies, employment commitments, or personal choice. If a student extends their course of study beyond the one-year time frame, the student is responsible to notify the Nursing Department.

To be eligible for a Practical Nurse Certificate, a student must have received a grade of “C” or better in all required coursework.

Reentry or Admission for Advanced Clinical Placement in Practical Nursing

Students who have withdrawn in good standing from the practical nursing clinical course sequence may request readmission within one year as space is available. Remedial study may be required. Requests for readmission will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Transfer students with college credit for potentially equivalent courses should submit course syllabi and materials for equivalency evaluation. Advanced placement may be granted if courses are equivalent and were completed within the accepted time frame.

AD-RN students who seek a major change to the PN program will be considered before transfer students. AD-RN students must successfully complete the program and any associated coursework to receive a certificate of completion. Students may then elect to re-enter the AD program through the LPN to RN Transition Program. All qualifications must be met.  

Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code 4723 and rule 4723-5-12 of the Ohio Administrative Code, students who reenter or are readmitted to an Ohio school of nursing must “meet the curriculum requirements effective at the time of readmission.”

Nursing courses - within the previous calendar year.

Basic science and Applied General Education courses will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine equivalency.

FallHours
BHS 2110Growth and Development: Lifespan 2
BIO 1000
   or BIO 1120
Basic Human Structure and Function
   or Anatomy and Physiology II
3
COM 1110 English Composition 3
PNS 1201Fundamentals-Practical Nursing 8
 Term Hours16
Spring
DTN 1220Principles of Nutrition 2
NSG 1721Pharmacology for Nursing 2
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
PNS 1202Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing 10
 Term Hours17
Summer
PNS 1203PN-Issues and Trends 1
PNS 1204Maternal Child Nursing 5
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours 39

See www.RhodesState.edu/GainfulEmployment for additional information on certificates. 

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Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Certificate Program

Applicants must meet acceptance requirements 1-8 before their name will be placed on the qualified list. Names are listed on the qualified list, in order, using the date on which documentation was received, verifying that admission criteria have been met. In the event that two or more students qualify on the same day, the date of application to the college is used to rank order these students. All students must meet technical standards. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications should meet with an advisor in The Office of Advising and Counseling to plan a course of study. Students must be 18 years or older in order to enter the first Nursing clinical course. The program will continue to accept qualified students until seats are filled. 

Acceptance Requirements

  1. General college requirements (See General Admissions Procedures.)
  2. Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  3. Attend mandatory Nursing Program Student Orientation.
  4. Placement tests or completion of recommended developmental courses in math (to level of MTH 0902 College Prep Math 2), English, and reading/reasoning, with a grade of “D” or higher.
  5. CHM 0960 Introductory Science  with a grade of “C” or higher.
  6. College GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  7. Declaration of Practical Nursing as the major course of study.
  8. Certificate of completion of state-approved nurse aide training course prior to enrollment in PNS 1201 Fundamentals-Practical Nursing.

Additional Requirements After Entry into the First Clinical Nursing Course

  1. Evidence of sufficient physical and mental health to engage in the practice of nursing.
  2. Current American Heart Association or equivalent certification in CPR.
  3. Completed Health and Immunizations Form.
  4. Criminal background check.
  5. Drug screen.