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licensed practical nurses

Practical nursing

Now accepting applications for Fall 2020

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work in all medical areas, such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, health care clinics and even in a patient’s home. Graduates of Stark State’s practical nursing program receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX PN exam to receive licensure.

Classes are held Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All PN classes and labs are held at the Stark State Akron campus, 360 Perkins St. Clinical experiences are at healthcare facilities within a 75-mile radius. Each fall and spring, 46 spots are available in the program.


To get started on your pathway to nursing, follow these easy steps for new student enrollment. If you need help, just contact the advisers at the Gateway Center and let them know you’re interested in a practical nursing major.

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Initial requirements for the PN program

  1. Proficiency requirements:
    *IDS102 with B or better (or Accuplacer reading score 246+)
    *MTH091 AND MTH092 with B or better (or Accuplacer math score 250+)
  1. High school or post-secondary GPA of 2.0 or greater
  2. FBI/BCI background check through Stark State Security valid for 1 year
  3. TEAS Test – 58.7 percentile or higher valid for 3 years
  4. SSC101 and BIO101 (or equivalent) with a C or better. These courses may be completed during the first semester of the PN program.

You must submit these items to the Akron Gateway Center to be considered for admission:

  • completed PN application
  • background check email from SSC security office
  • TEAS test results.

All items must be turned in before the June 15 deadline for the fall cohort or Nov. 15 for the spring cohort. The Admission Committee will review applications and notify applicants by email if they’re accepted or declined for admission. Accepted students must attend a mandatory orientation for information about CPR, drug screen, health records, uniforms and ID badges.


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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