Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC)


The Cincinnati State Practical Nursing Certificate program offers classes at the Clifton Campus and the Great Oaks' Scarlet Oaks Campus. The program is structured to be completed in three continuous semesters of day or evening classes. Licensed practical nurses share in the responsibility for patient care within the established guidelines of the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. The Practical Nursing Certificate prepares students through concurrent classroom education and clinical practice in the areas of basic nursing skills, maternal and infant care, adult and child health, gerontological nursing, mental health concepts, and community health. Program graduates are eligible to take the national standardized NCLEX-PN exam for licensure as a Practical Nurse. Passing a nationally standardized comprehensive exam is part of the requirements for the final course in the certificate program. Admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate program requires completion of selective enrollment requirements. Interested students should speak to an advisor and attend an information session. Enrollment requirements include: • Submit written proof of current registration as a State Tested Nurse Aide prior to applying for selective enrollment. Students may complete the Nurse Aide Certificate course (MCH 130) to prepare for the state test. • Complete a criminal background check, CPR certification, and a statement of health form. • Earn appropriate scores on the Work Keys test. • Have a total grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher in math and science courses.

Program Code



This Nursing Program is approved by: The Ohio Board of Nursing 17 South High Street, Suite 400 Columbus, Ohio 43215-3413 Phone: (614) 466-3947 Website:


Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in a variety of settings, from physician offices to extended health care facilities
  • Work with clients of various ages, from children to the elderly

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$41,540 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 25 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for geriatric patients.

Gainful Employment Data

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Many Registered Nursing degree programs have specific tracks for LPNs who wish to become RNs. Graduates of the Practical Nursing Certificate can receive advanced standing in state colleges for some technical coursework, which shortens the time required to complete a Nursing associate's degree.

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Local nursing home and rehabilitation facilities
  • Elementary schools
  • Home Care agencies

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid


Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC)

Program Prerequisites: Students seeking admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate program must complete selective enrollment requirements. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility and deadlines for selective enrollment.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
PN 101 Practical Nursing Concepts 1 5 9 8
BIO 117 Human Body in Health and Disease * 3 0 3
BIO 127 Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory * 0 2 1
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective   1 0 1
Semester 2      
PN 102 Practical Nursing Concepts 2 7 9 10
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Semester 3      
PN 103 Practical Nursing Concepts 3 4 6 6
MCH 100 Healthcare Informatics 2 0 2
PN 185 Practical Nursing Role Transition 2 8 2
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
Total Credits:   30 34 39


First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3

Biology Requirements: Students may take BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 and BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 in place of BIO 117 Human Body in Health and Disease and BIO 127 Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory. Students who choose to take these courses must complete BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 by the end of the second semester. 


Selective Admission (Progression) Process
Learn about the Health Program Progression process. 

Important Documents
PNC Progression Important Dates 2015-2016

Special Admission Requirements Students seeking admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate program must complete specific progression requirements. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss progression eligibility and deadlines.

Practical Nursing Progression Requirements
Attend Practical Nursing Information Session
Maintain Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater Maintain Math & Science GPA 2.0 or greater
All students entering the PNC program must verify that they are in good standing on a State Tested Nurse Aide registry
Complete PNC Application during the open enrollment period
If applicable, provide documentation of health care work history on company letterhead
Applicants moving forward will be notified of these additional requirements CPR certification – Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer
PNC Statement of Health with current immunizations
Criminal Background Check
Proof of health insurance, active first day of semester
Maintain GPA requirements
Please work closely with your advisor as you prepare to apply to the Practical Nursing Certificate Program.

To apply for progression complete the PNC Progression application eform.

Credentialing Graduates must pass NCLEX-PN, the national standardized practical nursing examination, to practice as a licensed practical nurse.

Important Documents
General Information
​Program Cost Sheet (Forthcoming)
 Health and Public Safety Ready to Progress Policy 
HPS Handbook


Program Chair
Denise Rohr RN, MSN
Robin Everhart RN, MSN