Practical Nursing (432)

Southern State Health Sciences Banner, Practical Nursing

Offered on: Brown County Campus (Day)

Nature of Profession

The Licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides patient care due to illness or desire to maintain health. The LPN scope of practice is defined by the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. The LPN provides care at the direction of a licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, chiropractor, or registered nurse. The majority of LPNs work is in long-term care and community organizations.

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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 "C" in all Nursing courses and a minimum grade of "C" in all other required courses including prerequisites. Students must have the ability to fulfill the essential technical standards defined in the Technical Standards Policy.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Engage in professional nursing practice that is holistic and patient-centered while culturally appropriate to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Practice professional nursing that includes the acceptance of leadership responsibility and incorporates personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  • Deliver nursing care utilizing documented best practices.
  • Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice.
  • Utilize patient care technology for the delivery of patient care and management of information.
  • Work collaboratively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the healthcare team utilizing effective professional communication.
  • Recognize the role of the nurse within the context of the larger health care system.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Practical Nursing Curriculum

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.

Technology requirements for Nursing program: Desktop, laptop, or tablet running Windows 8.1 or later or Mac OSX 10.8 or later. Not all required software/online resources will work with Android or iOS. High speed internet must be accessible.

E-books will be utilized in program. Program package includes all texts (e-books) for the entire Nursing program at a reduced cost and provides updated versions as available.

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 1510 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 1511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
PRAC 1500 Practical Nursing Concepts I 5
PRAC 1200 Pathophysiology 2

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 1520 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 1521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
PRAC 1600 Practical Nursing Concepts II 5
PRAC 1300 Pharmacology 2

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
PRAC 1700 Practical Nursing Concepts III 7
Program Total: 35

Other recommended courses are: BIOL 2300/2301, CHEM 1124, COMM 1115, ENGL 1102, MAST 1115, PSYC 1110, PSYC 1111.

Non-nursing courses may be completed prior to entering the program, however the credit hours per semester will be less while in the program and may affect the amount of Financial Aid you receive each term.

Practical Nursing Graduate Outcomes

Nursing Pinning
Licensure Pass Rate
(First-time test-takers for NCLEX-RN)
Completion Rate
(Number of students who complete the program in no more than 100% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course)
Job Placement Rate
(Percentage of graduates, six (6) to twelve (12) months after graduating)
December 2020 100% 63.63% 100%
December 2021 100% 63.63% 100%
December 2022 100% 58.82% 100%

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Nursing Office & Faculty

The Nursing Office is located in room 328 on Central Campus and operates from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Phone
  • 800.628.7722 x2640
  • Mailing
  • Nursing Office
  • Southern State Community College
  • 100 Hobart Drive
  • Hillsboro, OH 45133