This three-semester program is designed to prepare the licensed practical nurse for licensure as a registered nurse. The program incorporates lectures, labs and supervised clinical experiences to prepare the student for the role of the registered nurse. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN), which allows the graduate to practice as a registered nurse.

Program Details

Review the program sheet and advising checklist for information on required courses, sequence and more. See this program’s estimated expenses.

Pre-Admission Examination
The National League for Nursing Pre Admission Examination (NLN PAX) for registered nursing programs “PAX-RN” is a standardized entrance exam for potential nursing students who seek admittance into nursing schools nationwide.
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The Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal

Northwest State Community College requires students to take the pre-admission exam and receive a score > 50th percentile for each of the three areas tested in order to be admitted to the nursing program. It is recommended that students complete the admission requirements of biology, chemistry, MTH 090 and any developmental English courses needed prior to attempting the pre-admission exam. Students register and pay for the exam at

How to Apply

separate application is required, in addition to the College application. The nursing admissions committee usually meets once a semester. Any applications received at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting are reviewed; applications received after are reviewed at the next meeting. There are no set dates when applications need to be in.

Questions should be directed to Marsha Buehrer, administrative assistant, at or 419.267.1246.


All programs in the Nursing Division are fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The RN program is also accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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