Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Healthcare Workers Are In High Demand

An LPN is a vital part of the healthcare system and is responsible for providing patients with essential care, which includes helping them to eat, dress, bathe, etc. They also assist Registered Nurses (RNs) and Doctors in keeping detailed records, maintaining clear communication between the entire care team and working with patients and their families to understand procedures and how to care for sick relatives.

While many nurses spend their entire careers working as an LPN, this position is also a great stepping stone to furthering your education and enjoying a pay increase by becoming a BSN-RN or Nurse Practitioner (NP). (source)
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

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

Start Dates

Date Days Time Hours /Cost Site
Fall 2020  Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 3:30 pm  1356 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.  


Entry-Level Career Opportunities

  • Physician’s Office
  • Hospital
  • Nursing facilities
  • Home health care services
  • Military nursing
  • Travel nursing
  • Hospice
  • Urgent care

Advanced Career Opportunities

With advanced education, there are many career options in the healthcare field, including: 
  • Registered Nurse
  • Labor and Delivery Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Midwife
  • Flight Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Educator
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

    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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