Practical Nursing Certificate Information
Special Admission Requirements
Entrance requirements include graduation from high school or its equivalent, and high school chemistry with a “C” or better. High school algebra with a “C” or better, or COMPASS testing to Math 105 equivalency is required. If college courses have been completed, the student must have a minimum college GPA of 2.0. The student must complete a Nurse Aid Training Program with documentation of completion or have recent equivalent work experience with written verification from the employing health agency. Students must also achieve a passing score on the Program entrance examination.
Following acceptance into the program, students must meet health requirements and obtain CPR - Health Care Provider certification by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross, CPR for the professional rescuer, prior to beginning clinical courses. Contact the Program Coordinator or the Office of Student Development for more information.
This program accepts a maximum of 28 students on the Toledo Campus in the Fall and a maximum of 28 students on the Findlay Campus in the Spring. Enrollment is limited by availability of clinical spaces. Students who do not initially qualify for entrance into the Nursing Program may take Arts and Sciences courses as specified by the Nursing Department. Upon successful completion of these courses, the student may reapply for entrance into the program. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for specific details and requirements.
All students entering or enrolled in the Nursing Program must achieve a “C” or better in all courses within the plan of study to progress through the program. Failure to take or pass any one of these courses with a “C” or better will result in the student not being able to progress in nursing courses and the student must meet with the Department Chair or Program Coordinator. Two nursing courses may be repeated one time only.
All nursing courses (NRP, NRS) listed for each semester must be taken in the semester listed, depending on the semester start dates (fall or spring start). Non-nursing courses listed for each semester must be taken in the semester listed or prior to the semester listed, depending on the semester start dates (fall or spring start).
A student who drops out during the first semester will not automatically be readmitted. The student must resubmit a “request for evaluation” to the Practical Nursing Certificate Program through their Ozone account. The student will be added to the list of applicants based on date and time the request was submitted.
Students who leave the program during the second or third semester for reasons other than academic may request readmission and will be readmitted providing there is course seat availability. The student may request readmission by contacting the practical nursing program coordinator.
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.”
If a student fails to achieve a “C” or better in any course within the plan of study, the student must complete the following to be considered for readmission:
- Meet with the Program Coordinator or Department Chair to formulate a plan for readmission and complete the Request for Readmission form.
- Contact the Office of Student Development, Success Advisor for assistance in developing a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.
- The academic plan is submitted to the Department Chair or Program Coordinator for approval. This plan must be completed and approved to continue enrollment in the College.
- Readmission is based on space availability.
- 5. If several students are petitioning to re-enter and a limited number of seats are available, priority will be given based on the date and time the readmission form was submitted.
Licensure/Clinical Agency Requirements
Program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become Licensed Practical Nurses. Students who plan to apply to take the NCLEX must submit fingerprints to the Bureau of /Criminal Identification and Investigation within six months of taking the examination. The Ohio Board of Nursing has the right to refuse to grant licensure to applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony or an egregious felony as described in the ORC: Section 4723.09.
To meet certain clinical agency requirements, background checks will be performed prior to the first NRS course and/or clinical experience and prior to the fourth semester. Based on the results of the background check, clinical agencies may deny a student access to the clinical experience. Certain clinical agencies may require students to have a drug screening prior to attending clinical placement at their agency. The drug screening schedule will be determined by the clinical agency. A positive drug screening will prevent clinical placement at the agency in which the screening was required.