Practical Nursing Certificate

Melissa Harvey, EdD, MSN, RN, Practical Nursing Coordinator and Chair of Nursing
Phone: (419) 995-8347
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 that 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, 17 S. High St., Suite 660, Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614) 466-3947. The graduate is eligible to take the national licensing exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Graduates are then encouraged to continue their education through articulation into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older prior to entering the first practical nursing clinical course. Some students 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 office. The student is expected to complete the practical nursing clinical coursework within two years of beginning the first semester of the Practical Nursing Program. 

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

Admission or Reentry for Advanced Clinical Placement in Practical Nursing

Students that seek acceptance into the Practical Nursing program must complete a Practical Nursing program application and meet all admission requirements.  Students who have withdrawn in good standing from the practical nursing clinical course sequence may request readmission within one year as space is available.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.

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program who seek a major change to the Practical Nursing (PN) program will be considered before transfer students. Advanced standing into the PN program may be awarded to RSC ADN students that have successfully completed at least the first nursing clinical course of the ADN academic plan. ADN students must successfully complete the PN program curriculum and any associated coursework to receive a certificate of completion.  Students may then elect to re-enter the ADN program through the LPN to ADN 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.”

Science and applied general/basic education courses will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine equivalency.

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

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

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Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Certificate Program

Students must complete the Practical Nursing (PN) program application and meet acceptance requirements to be accepted into the PN program.  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.

Acceptance Requirements

  1. General college requirements (See General Admissions Procedures.)
  2. Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  3. Completion of the Practical Nursing program application. 
  4. Complete the ATI TEAS Nursing Entrance exam or an equivalent entrance exam (Program Administrator or designee will determine if another entrance exam will be an acceptable substitution) with a composite score of 60% or higher (or equivalent score on a substitution entrance exam as determined by the Program Administrator or designee).
  5. Attend mandatory Practical Nursing Program Student Orientation.
  6. Must be remediation free in math, English, reading, and science.
  7. College GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  8. Declaration of Practical Nursing as the major course of study.
  9. Certificate of completion of state-approved nurse aide training course. 

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.