Practical Nursing (432)

Southern State Health Sciences

Nature of Profession

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick and help people stay healthy. They observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress. Other duties may include administering medication, assisting in convalescence and rehabilitation, instructing patients and their families in proper care and helping individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.

Program Design

The program is designed to be completed in three semesters and combines lecture classes, lab practice and clinical experience designed to prepare the graduate to be eligible to complete the licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse. Continuation in the nursing program requires a minimum grade of "B" in all NURS courses and a minimum grade of "C" in all other required courses including prerequisites.

Program Admission Criteria

Fall Semester (Central or Mt. Orab Campus) Entry Deadlines

  • Application and required documentation must be received in Nursing Office on or before — February 28 (or last business day of month)
  • Application available online beginning — January 1
  • Application and required documentation accepted — January and February
  • Notification sent via email on or before — March 31

Note: Practical Nursing courses will be held on Central and Mt. Orab Campuses. The ADN program (2nd level) Nursing courses will be held on Central Campus only.

Entry to the program is competitive and is based on academic achievements and testing scores. The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to the deadline for a student to apply for the program (completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission):

  • 1. Completed Nursing Application and Responsibility Form
  • 2. Proof of SSCC acceptance
  • 3. High school graduate or GED certificate recipient
    • High school seniors must submit a letter of support from their high school administrator verifying their upcoming graduation, followed by the submission of an official final high school transcript to the nursing department by July 1st.
  • 4. SSCC course listing (if SSCC courses taken or transfer courses used for prereqs)
  • 5. Completed TEAS score in PROFICIENT, ADVANCED or EXEMPLARY categories (within 24 months of application — Program Entrance Exams are offered at Southern State’s Testing Center)
  • 5. Completed high school chemistry or CHEM 1120 (or higher level) with minimum grade of "C"
  • 6. Completed high school algebra or MATH 1117 (or higher level) with minimum grade of "C"
  • 7. Completed high school biology or BIOL 1104 (or higher level) with minimum grade of "C"

Current knowledge of prerequisites is expected. Refer to the college Catalog for any additional requirements of the above courses.

Application Submission

The following items must be submitted for an application to be considered "complete". Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents. Application packets must be mailed or hand delivered to the Nursing Office; faxed packets will not be accepted.

  • 1. Nursing Application and Responsibility Form
  • 2. Proof of acceptance to Southern State (acceptance letter, course listing or copy of student ID)
  • 3. Official high school transcript verifying graduation or GED certificate
    • High school seniors must submit a letter of support from their high school administrator verifying their upcoming graduation, followed by the submission of an official final high school transcript to the nursing department by July 1st.
  • 4. SSCC course listing (if SSCC courses or transfer credit is used to meet prerequisite requirements)
    • Log into MyRecords, click on "Student", then "My Course Information", select "Unofficial Transcript", scroll to bottom of transcript, click on "Unofficial Transcript PDF" and print (this is the only printout that will be accepted).
    • Transfer coursework must be evaluated by SSCC Director of Admissions and posted to SSCC transcript prior to nursing application to be counted towards prerequisites.
  • 5. Copy of ATI-TEAS test showing minimum scores listed above

Incomplete applications will not be considered. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Nursing Office, the content of your application packet will be reviewed to identify that required documentation is included.

Non-nursing courses may be completed prior to entry into the program or during the appropriate semester of the nursing program.

Note: A felony or misdemeanor may disqualify a candidate from being certified by the State of Ohio (as outlined in Section 4761.04 of the Ohio Revised Code). Learn more about Eligibility for Clinical Placement.

Courses

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1105 Success for Allied Health Professionals 1
BIOL 2205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
NURS 1101 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NURS 1115 Pharmacology I 2

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2206 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NURS 1105 Maternal Newborn Nursing 4
NURS 1120 Medical Surgical Nursing I 6
PSYC 1111 Life Span Human Development 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
NURS 1113 Trends in Nursing 2
NURS 1121 Medical Surgical Nursing II 5
Level I Total: 43

Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to apply for the Practical Nursing Certificate and would also qualify to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

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