Licensed practical nurses form an integral part of the health care team. They function in this role by executing the nursing process under the direction and with guidance from a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. LPNs work in a variety of health care settings, filling the needs of clients or patients experiencing common acute and long-term conditions that affect physical or mental wellness. They operate within a set scope of practice and participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of a patient care plan. Their duties may include taking vital signs, treating bedsores, preparing and administering injections and enemas, applying dressings, applying ice packs, monitoring catheters, collecting samples for testing, and assisting patients with bathing dressing, and personal hygiene. A licensed practical nurse has the training to observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatment and perform additional tasks acquired through education, such as administering prescribed medications and starting intravenous fluids. In some settings, experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants.
Hondros College of Nursing
Hondros College provides the foundational knowledge and skills practical nursing students need to launch a career in nursing. With no wait lists and unnecessary prerequisites, students will complete the diploma program is approximately 4 to 6 quarters depending on the curriculum. The clinical experience will begin in the second quarter of studies. Also included in the training are nursing simulation and practice, NCLEX-PN prep and review, and training in IV therapy. Students acquire soft skills, such as effective communication, professionalism to garner trust, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Course topics include basic math and calculations, medical terminology, nursing concepts, fundamentals of nursing, psychosocial nursing, lifespan development, medical surgical nursing, maternal child nursing, basics of pharmacology, and nutrition. Graduates will receive a diploma to apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for approval to take the NCLEX-PN. Day, evening, and weekend schedules are available. The program is open for enrollment in January, April, July, and October. Tuition for the program is $18,945 plus $3,169 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.hondros.edu/programs/practical-nursing.html
- Address: 4100 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 44131
- Phone: (800) 783-0095
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.49%
Cleveland Job Corps Academy
The Cleveland Job Corps Academy School of Practical Nursing hosts a practical nursing certificate program for youth ages 16 through 24. Students receive free, hands-on training to prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam and a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The curriculum consists of 1,160 hours of research, clinical and teaching experiences. Course topics include Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Maternal Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, and Nursing Care for the Older Adult. Graduates will have the confidence to practice within the state’s legal and ethical framework, demonstrate interpersonal skills to establish rapport with coworkers and clients, respect the rights of others, deliver quality care to persons of all ages, and maintain patient confidentiality. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24, submit an essay on “why I choose nursing as a career choice”, take and pass the Nurse Entrance Test, possess a high school diploma or GED, provide two references, and possess Basic Life Support and current immunization for participation in the clinical experiences. Tuition, textbooks, uniforms, and supplies will be provided at no cost.
- Website: http://cleveland.jobcorps.gov/Libraries/pdf/cleveland_nursing_brochure.sflb
- Address: 13421 Coit Road, Cleveland, OH 44110
- Phone: (216) 541-2518
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A
Auburn Career Center
Successful completion of the Practical Nursing Certificate program at Auburn Career Center gives graduates the authorization to take the NCLEX-PN. The 1,200 clock hour curriculum prepares students for the delivery of high-quality nursing care to patients of all ages and varying states of health. Through a partnership with Lakeland Community College, graduates may also continue their education through Lakeland’s Associate Degree program. Applicants must take the ACT WorkKeys® pre-entrance exam and earn a minimum Level 5 in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. A high school diploma or GED equivalent, background check, satisfactory references, and documentation of meeting the health requirements are some other prerequisites to enroll. All students must attend an orientation before the start of classes. Classes meet Monday through Friday; clinical hours may vary. A student that is absent for more than 60 hours will be dismissed from the program. Tuition is $13,950 and includes the cost of books, uniform, supplies, and NCLEX-PN testing fees. Financial aid and monthly payment plans are available to qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.auburncc.org/content.php?cid=570
- Address: 8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077
- Phone: (440) 357-7542
- Fax: 440-358-8012
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 45.08%
Cuyahoga Community College
The one-year certificate practical nursing program at Cuyahoga Community College is open for admission in the fall semester. The program is offered as a day or evening track and consists of three semesters (fall, spring, and summer). The day track is limited to 64 students and the evening track admits up to 48 students each year. Students must complete the program’s 34 credit hours to graduate. Course topics include Human Biology, Physical Assessment for the Practical Nurse, Nurse Management of the Adult, Fundamentals of Practical Nursing, Lifespan Nursing for the Practical Nurse, and Lifespan Development. Applicants must complete the prerequisite coursework with a minimum 2.5 GPA, submit transcripts from other schools, high school diploma or GED, and submit an online request for review. Upon notification of successful review, the student must take an entrance test and background check. Citations must preclude a student from admission to the practical nursing program. The approximate cost of tuition is $3,554 plus expenses for books, fees, uniforms, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursing/practical-nursing-certificate.html
- Address: 700 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
- Phone: 216-987-4067
- Fax: 216-987-4287
- Email: [email protected]
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
MDT College of Health Sciences
The Practical Nursing Program at MDT accepts new students three times per year. Day and evening schedules are available and class times vary according to schedules. Daytime sessions are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Evening sessions are Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Saturday classes, when available, are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The three-semester program combines on-campus teaching experiences with practical experiences in a variety of clinical settings. Students learn the concepts of health promotion and maintenance. They also gain exposure to the theory of basic nursing care, the disease process, pharmacology, and specialty nursing. Time spent in a simulated lab will prepare students to use those skills at the clinical sites – a long-term care facility and hospital. Applicants must achieve the minimum required score on the entrance exam, possess a high school or GED certificate, complete a background check, have a clean record with the Nurse Aide Registry and the National Sex Offender Registry, and provide state photo identification. Applicants must also schedule a personal interview with the admissions department. Prior to the sixth week of the first semester, students must provide evidence of health insurance, current CPR certificate, a physician’s evaluation, immunization (MMR, Td Booster, and chicken pox) documents signed by a health care provider, current TB screening results, negative drug screen, and Hepatitis B vaccine. Tuition for the program is $20,606 plus $2,541 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://atsinstitute.edu/cleveland/default.aspx
- Address: 325 Alpha Park, Highland Heights, OH 44143
- Phone: 440-449-1700
- Fax: 440-449-1389
- Email: [email protected]
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 52.63%
Central School of Practical Nursing
The practical nursing certificate program at CSPN is a 46-week program comprising of 4 levels. Each level requires 11 to 12 weeks of instruction covered in an average of two classroom days and two clinical days per week. CSPN grants advanced placement to students who have previously obtained college credit for required courses. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED with a minimum score of 475 and be at least 18 years old. An entrance exam will be administered to determine placement and capacity to complete the program. After passing the entrance exam, the prospective student must attend a scheduled information session, supply all the necessary documents (transcripts, BCI/FBI checks, and non-refundable processing fee), and pass a drug test. Class times are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Community clinical times may be scheduled in the evening from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The total cost of the program is $15,810 and includes classroom, lab, and clinical instruction. Books and uniforms cost extra.
- Website: http://cspnohio.org/
- Address: 4700 Rockside Road, Summit 1, Suite 250, Independence, Ohio 44131
- Phone: (216) 901-4400
- Fax: (216) 901-4020
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.93%
Cuyahoga Valley Community College
CVCC is recognized as one of the top nursing schools in Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding areas. The 10-month full-time program accepts new students for the fall semester, beginning in August and ending in June the following year. Class times are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Clinical times vary. There’s also a 21-month part-time program available which begins in September. Part-time students meet for a minimum of 15 to 22 hours each week. Clinical times are on the weekends (every other weekend) from 6:45 am to 3:00 pm. Upon completion of 1,200 clock hours, graduates become eligible to take the NCLEX for practical nurses. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, pass the pre-entrance WorkKeys test, submit a completed application and supporting documentation, attend an enrollment meeting, provide documentation of acceptable physical exam, fingerprinting, and drug screen, and possess a current CPR card for Health Care Providers. Applicants who have been convicted of specific crimes will be denied admission to CVCC’s practical nursing program. Tuition for the program is $12,900 plus $1,150 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.cvccworks.edu/Nursing.aspx
- Address: 8001 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141
- Phone: (440) 526-5200
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 74.19%
North Coast Medical Academy
The practical nursing program at North Coast runs for one year and gives students the option to attend during the day or evening. A two-year weekend schedule is another option that the school offers. The intensive curriculum includes teaching experiences in the classroom and practical learning experiences in a simulated lab and clinical site and emphasizes quality care and respect for the patient’s dignity. All applicants must take a pre-entrance exam, provide official high school transcripts or GED with a minimum score of 45/450, college transcripts (if available), a completed application and fee ($50), and the refundable down payment. The entrance exam fee is $50. Applicants must read and sign the Criminal Record Policy. Upon admission to the program, students must provide a physical exam report signed by a physician, documentation of immunization, a current CPR card for Health Care Providers, proof of liability insurance, documentation of negative drug screen, and complete a criminal background check. Tuition for the program is $20,400 and does not include fingerprinting, liability insurance, textbooks, uniform, and the licensure exam.
- Website: http://www.northcoastmedicalacademy.com/practical-nursing
- Address: 1832 State Route 59, Kent, OH 44240
- Phone: 330-678-6600
- Fax: 330-678-6601
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A
Lorain County Community College
Practical nursing faculty at Lorain Community College utilizes an interactive process to prepare students for success on the NCLEX-PN and on the job. The curriculum facilitates theory, technical, and clinical experiences to prepare students for their role as a practical nurse. In the classroom and lab environment, students practice therapeutic nursing interventions, self-awareness, critical thinking, decision making, and communication techniques in preparation for the clinical experiences which take place in a long-term care facility. Students learn how to care for infants, children, adults, and older adults. At the conclusion of the program, students who meet the continuous assessment standards will graduate and be eligible to take the NCLEX for licensure in Ohio. Through articulation agreements, they will also be eligible for advanced placement in registered nursing programs in colleges and universities. Course topics include body structure and function, introduction to medications, fundamentals of medical-surgical nursing, introduction to psychology, maternity nursing, pediatric nursing, management in geriatrics, and introduction to sociology for a total of 42 credits. Tuition costs $4,970 plus $1,544 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.lorainccc.edu/Academic+Divisions/Allied+Health+and+Nursing/Allied+Health+and+Nursing+Programs/Licensed+Practical+Nursing.htm
- Address: 1005 N Abbe Rd – Elyria, OH 44035
- Phone: 1-800-995-LCCC
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 89.29%
Brown Mackie College
Committed nursing faculty at Brown Mackie College prepare students to function in the role of a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program combines the science of nursing with behavioral sciences, enabling graduates to properly apply the nursing process in a health care environment. Training begins in the classroom where students gather the principles that they must apply in the simulated lab and a medical environment during the clinical experience. Topics covered include geriatrics, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, pharmacology, leadership and transition to nursing, and professional development. Students must earn a total of 58 quarter credits to graduate from the program and become eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. Admission requires a high school diploma or GED certificate, a minimum score of 51 on the academic reading assessment, and a clear background check and drug screen. Tuition for the 12-month program is $23,548 plus $940 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.brownmackie.edu/areas-of-study/nursing/north-canton-practical-nursing-diploma\
- Address: 4300 Munson St NW, Canton, OH 44718-3674
- Phone: 330.494.1214
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 60.00%