The practical nursing program is a one-year certificate program designed to prepare students for providing nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings and for employment as licensed practical nurses. The three-semester program incorporates lectures, labs, and supervised clinical experience in a variety of area healthcare facilities.

Nursing faculty are available to advise students as they progress through the program. Successful completion of the program prepares the students to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN), and practice as licensed practical nurses.

Program Details

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

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.

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment information for NSCC’s certificate programs is available online. Gainful employment information includes: estimated cost of the program, average student loan debt and types of jobs available.