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licensed practical nurses

Practical nursing

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work in all medical areas, such as hospitals, nursing homes, health care clinics and even in a patient’s home. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a graduation certificate and will then be eligible to sit for the NCLEX PN exam to receive licensure.

Stark State College’s practical nursing program consists of two semesters of academic coursework and hands-on learning experiences in the classroom, learning laboratory and clinical settings. This program will prepare you to qualify for the licensing examination for licensed practical nurses.


  • Accepting 46 students each semester
  • Practical nursing application deadline – April 30 for fall admission.
  • Practical nursing application deadline – November 15 for spring admission.

Classes scheduled

  • Fall (starts in August) M-F: 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
  • Spring (starts in January) M-F: 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    no evenings or weekends at this time

Criminal background checks will be required for all nursing student before beginning nursing courses and on an annual basis. Depending on the individual’s criminal background, it may not be possible to provide required clinical placements.

According to Section 4723.28 of the Ohio Revised Code, nursing students are responsible for informing the department chair/director of nursing, early and during the program, of any misdemeanor related to alcohol or drugs, or felony convictions so that students may be informed of the steps the Ohio Board of Nursing will take before considering their application to sit for the licensing examination.

According to Ohio HB327: anyone previously convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for an egregious felony will be precluded from initial licensure. Egregious felonies are: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault, kidnapping, rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, aggravated arson, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Candidates who wish to sit for the NCLEX-PN (licensing examination) will be required to submit their fingerprints to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

For more details, contact the Ohio Board of Nursing website at

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