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2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nursing Certificate (Owens Code: LPNP)

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Career Certificate

Campus Offered:

Toledo and Findlay

Credits Required: 43

Program Approval:

Ohio Board of Nursing

Curriculum Notes:

All Nursing Program courses must be completed within a period of six semesters including summer semesters. To earn the Practical Nursing certificate, a grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all required courses within the program plan of study.

This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for practical nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings. The program combines studies at Owens Community College with planned and guided experience in client care in structured healthcare facilities and community agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  •  Utilize a caring therapeutic relationship to demonstrate sensitivity to human needs.
  •  Incorporate knowledge of cultural diversity and spirituality across the life span in the plan of nursing care.
  • Contribute to the nursing process by integrating critical thinking techniques when responding to nursing situations within the scope of LPN practice.
  • Provide a supportive and protective nursing environment at the direction of the RN of other appropriate healthcare professional.
  • Apply principles of teaching/learning in the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health.
  • Use personal, empirical, ethical and aesthetic patterns of knowing to promote health in clients and families, communities and societies.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the management and delegation of patient care in selected health care settings.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families and health team members through written, verbal and electronic modes.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal and professional self-awareness and growth.
  • Incorporate knowledge of legal, political, historical and economical influences in the implementation of patient care.
  • Assume an entry-level LPN position in a health care setting


Required Courses Spring Start (Findlay Campus)

1st Semester - Spring

16 credits

2nd Semester

14 credits

3rd Semester - Fall

13 credits

Required Courses Fall Start (Toledo Campus)

1st Semester - Fall

16 credits

2nd Semester

17 credits

3rd Semester - Summer

10 credits

Apply for Certificate

Students registering for their final semester of course work must petition for certificate through their Ozone account.  The Petition for Certificate can be found under Student Quick Links.  Deadlines and fees apply; please visit for petition deadline dates. For additional information, refer to Certificate Requirements Policy under Academic Policies and Procedures  


1 Anatomy and Physiology I is a prerequisite to Anatomy and Physiology II, students must achieve a “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

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.

Progression/Completion 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).

Non-Academic Readmission

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.”

Academic 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:

  1. Meet with the Program Coordinator or Department Chair to formulate a plan for readmission and complete the Request for Readmission form.
  2. Contact the Office of Student Development, Success Advisor for assistance in developing a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.
  3. 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.
  4. Readmission is based on space availability.
  5. 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.


All students should check for prerequisites for a class before registering.

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