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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 Admission 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 Admission. 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.
  • Have a total grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher, and a GPA of 2.00 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.

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


Effective 2020-2021 academic year

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
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective   1 0 1
BIO 1XX Biology Elective   3 2 4
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 Elective  
BIO 117
& BIO 127
Human Body in Health and Disease
and Human Body in Health and Disease Laboratory
BIO 151
& BIO 152
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy and Physiology 2


Students seeking admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate program must complete specific Selective Admission (Progression) requirements. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss Selective Admission eligibility and deadlines.

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

PNC Selective Admission requirements include:

  • Attend a Practical Nursing Information Session (dates will be posted soon)
  • Complete the PNC Application (Available below or available from the Health and Public Safety Division Office)
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and maintain a GPA for Math & Science courses of 2.0 or higher
  • Verify that you are in good standing on a State Tested Nurse Aide registry
  • If applicable, provide documentation of health care work history on company letterhead
If selected, additional requirements include:
  • Provide CPR certification – Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer
  • Provide PNC Statement of Health with current immunizations (see "Statement of Health" and "Statement of Health Key" documents below)
  • Provide Criminal Background Check information (see "Background Checks" document below)
  • Provide proof of health insurance, active the first day of semester (see "Health Insurance Shopping Guide" document below)
  • Maintain GPA requirements
Credentialing: Graduates must pass NCLEX-PN, the national standardized practical nursing examination, to practice as a licensed practical nurse.

Important Documents

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Barbara Ratliff RN, MSN
(513) 569-1282
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