2022-2023 EGCC Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2022-2023 EGCC Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nursing Certificate

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Day Program on the Steubenville Campus and Youngstown Campus

The one-year certificate in practical nursing is designed to meet the need in nursing services for a worker who will share in direct patient care. The program graduate is prepared to give safe, competent nursing care within a select range of patient care situations at the direction of the registered nurse and/or licensed physician.

Practical Nursing Program application/admissions criteria are identified in the Admissions section in this catalog.

The individual who successfully completes all program requirements is awarded a certificate in practical nursing and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- PN). Successful passing of this exam merits the graduate the right to apply for state licensure as a licensed practical nurse and use the initials LPN.

Upon successful completion of the certificate in practical nursing, the graduate will be able to:

  • Use effective communication skills with clients and health team members.
  • Utilize the nursing process when delivering nursing care to meet the client’s physical and psychosocial needs while adhering to the ethical principles and legal framework inherent to practical nursing.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the nursing skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level practical nurse.
  • Provide the client with a safe, effective environment while utilizing concepts from the conceptual framework of the school of nursing when assisting clients to deal with their health status.
  • Meet requirements for the NCLEX- PN.

Practical Nursing

Recommended System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz or higher
    • RAM: 4 GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 100 GB or more
    • Graphics: DirectX9 or higher
    • Display: 720p
    • OS: Mac 10.14 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or higher
    • RAM: 8 GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 256 GB or more
    • Display: 1280x800 resolution or higher

Chromebooks are not recommended




Total Semester I Credit Hours: 9

Total Semester II Credit Hours: 14

Total Semester III Credit Hours: 15

Total Credits: 38

All students entering the PN program must meet the requirements in place at the time of admission.

Program Prerequisites:

  • MTH 095 - Introductory Algebra  (2 cr.) with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Successful completion of a Nursing Entrance Exam: TEAS Test (may be taken a maximum of two times). A student must wait one month to retake if unsuccessful on first attempt. The student must meet the benchmark score in place at the time the TEAS is taken. Contact Enrollment Services for information and to schedule the online test. Books and a practice test are available for purchase at www.atitesting.com.
  • Prior to admission, submit a current CPR Card: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider. Submit copy to PN Program Director and EGCC medical records specialist.
  • Prior to admission, submit a current Ohio STNA card, documentation of having completed an STNA coure, or 6 months experience working as a Nurse Aid.  Submit a copy to EGCC medical records specialist. HSC 102  and HSC 108  are offered each semester at EGCC. For those with certificate in another state, contact the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry at 1-800-582-5908.
  • A criminal records check by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and FBI must be completed prior to applying to the PN Program. The bureau will forward this information to the Ohio Board of Nursing.
  • Clinical sites reserve the right to prohibit a student with a criminal background history from caring for patients in their facilities based on the infraction.
  • The Ohio Board of Nursing has the right to prohibit a nursing graduate to take the State Board Exam based on a past felony conviction. See www.nursing.ohio.gov.
  • A random drug test may be conducted during the Practical Nursing Program.

▲Student must obtain a letter grade of P (pass), or C or better (see Practical Nursing Handbook) to progress to graduation/certification. A “C” in a PN course is 80%.

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