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:

  • Have a high school or state issued diploma.

  • Pass required standards on pre-entrance test which evaluates math and reading skills.

  • Complete the FAFSA and meet with Financial Aid.

Program Outline

Term 1

Term 2

Anatomy & Physiology

Medical Surgical Nursing I

Nursing Principles I

Nursing Principles II

Pharmacology I

Pharmacology II


Mental Health Concepts

Clinical (Geriatrics)

Clinical (Medical-Surgical) 

Term 3A

Term 3B

Medical Surgical Nursing II

Medical Surgical Nursing III


Maternal Child Nursing

Pharmacology III

Pharmacology IV

Issues and Trends I

Issues and Trends II

Clinical (Medical-Surgical & Pediatrics)

Clinical (Medical-Surgical & Maternal Child Nursing)

Start Dates




Hours /Cost


Spring and Fall Start Dates


8:00 am -

4:00 pm

1356 Hrs /

$ 17,376.00


*Cost includes books, uniforms, and lab fees and is subject to change.

Enrollment Process

Board of Nursing

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 2021

School of Practical Nursing (Information represents the following Cohorts: February 2019 and September 2019)

  • 27 Graduates | 64% Graduation Rate

  • 25 Graduates Employed In Field | 93% Employment Placement in Field 

Meet the Coordinator

Amanda Davidson
Healthcare Program Coordinator
937.778.1980 Ext. 510

Health Science Center
8811 Career Drive
Piqua, Ohio 45356

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.