Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Healthcare Workers Are In High Demand

The Practical Nursing Program is an entry-level program designed to prepare students to care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. Program topics are specific to health care and provide over 400 hours of lab and clinical experience preparing students for entry-level employment as practical nurses. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam.

Upper Valley Career Center Practical Nursing faculty is comprised of highly caring and qualified instructors. All nursing instructors are licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing and are certified by the State Department of Education.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicant must:
1. Have a high school or state issued diploma.
2. Pass required standards on pre-entrance test which evaluates math and reading skills.
3. Meet with the Practical Nursing Program Director for an interview after passing the pre-entrance test.
4. Complete the FAFSA and meet with Financial Aid.
5. Submit reference letters, transcripts, and medical forms.

Program Outline

 Quarter 1
Anatomy & Physiology
Nursing Principles I
Pharmacology I
Clinical (Geriatrics) 
Quarter 2
Medical Surgical Nursing I
Nursing Principles II
Pharmacology II
Mental Health Concepts
Clinical (Medical-Surgical) 
Quarter 3
Medical Surgical Nursing II
Pharmacology III
Issues and Trends I
Clinical (Medical-Surgical & Pediatrics)                     
Quarter 4
Medical Surgical Nursing III
Maternal Child Nursing
Pharmacology IV
Issues and Trends II
Clinical (Medical-Surgical & Maternal Child Nursing )

Start Dates

Date Days Time Hours /Cost Site
March 2, 2020 Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm 1,356 Hrs / $16,675* HSC
September 2020 Mon-Fri  8:00am - 4:00pm  1,356 Hrs / $16,675  HSC 
*Cost includes books, uniforms, and lab fees and is subject to change.

Enrollment Process  

1. Click Here to request information online or call Student Services at 937.778.1980  

2. Visit the following link to schedule the pre-entrance assessment, WorkKeys.

3. Visit the following link to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA.


The Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division Practical Nursing Program has FULL Approval Status with the Ohio Board of Nursing.  


Graduation and Employment Rates based on ACCSC's Annual Report for 2017

School of Practical Nursing (Information represents the following Cohorts: January 2015 and August 2015)

34 Graduates/60% Graduation Rate

24 Graduates Employed In Field/83% Employment Placement in Field

Meet the Coordinator

Melissa Presser
Healthcare Program Coordinator
Health Science Center
8811 Career Drive
Piqua, Ohio 45356

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Earn Professional Certifications

Earn Professional Certifications Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website for additional information- NCSBN Website.

Useful Links and Documents:

All applicants of the Practical Nursing program are required to take the WorkKeys assessment and score a Level 5 or above to be considered for admission. This exam measures Reading, Locating Information and Mathematics skills. Click here to see sample test questions.

PN Student Catalog

Student Catalog

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