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licensed practical nurses

Practical nursing

Now accepting applications for Fall 2024

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 Practical Nursing exam to receive licensure.

The day program offers a fall semester and spring semester start with classes Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The evening/weekend program offers a spring semester start ONLY with classes two evenings a week from 4 – 9:30 p.m. and clinical experiences every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. All PN classes and labs are held at Stark State College Akron. Clinical experiences are at healthcare facilities within a 75-mile radius. There are 46 seats available with each new cohort.


Once you are ready to get started on your pathway to nursing, follow these easy steps for new student enrollment. Advisers at the Gateway Center would be glad to help you. Please let them know at that time that you are interested in pursuing a practical nursing major.

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 together prior to the June 15 deadline for the fall cohort or December 1 for the spring cohort. The admission committee will review applications and notify applicants by email if they are accepted or declined for admission.

Once accepted, students must complete a mandatory orientation to receive information about CPR, drug screen, health records, uniforms, and ID badges.

Criminal background checks will be required for all nursing students 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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