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The Practical Nursing Career Technical Program is a two-year program offered by Collins Career Technical Center for high school students in Ohio who are interested in pursuing a career in the nursing field. This program provides students with knowledge, skills, and practical experience. The program covers theory, nursing skills lab, simulation lab, and clinical experiences. Once you graduate from the PN program, you will be fully qualified to write to the NCLEX-PN® to become licensed as an LPN in Ohio.

What Do Practical Nurses Do?

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health
  • Duties of LPNs vary, depending on their work setting and the state in which they work. For example, they may reinforce teaching done by registered nurses regarding how family members should care for a relative; help to deliver, care for, and feed infants; collect samples for testing and do routine laboratory tests; or feed patients who need help eating.

LPNs may be limited to doing certain tasks, depending on the state where they work. For example, in some states, LPNs with proper training can give medication or start intravenous (IV) drips, but in other states LPNs cannot perform these tasks. State regulations also govern the extent to which LPNs must be directly supervised. For example, an LPN may provide certain forms of care only with instructions from a registered nurse.

In some states, experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses supervise and direct other LPNs and unlicensed medical staff.

Careers in this Field

Sure, here are three lists of careers that a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can pursue based on their certification, additional training, and college degrees:

LPN careers with certification:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Home Health Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • EKG Technician
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Medical Secretary
  • Hospice Aide
  • Personal Care Aide

LPN careers with additional training:

LPN careers with college degrees:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Health Services Researcher
  • Nurse Midwife

These are just a few examples of the many career paths that an LPN can pursue based on their education and training. The LPN certification can be a valuable stepping stone to higher levels of education and more advanced career opportunities in the healthcare field.

Important Information About This Program

This program requires an extensive amount of study time outside of the school day. Students must be prepared to work hard in order to stay in the program and be successful.

Students begin this program as STNA students. They are not accepted into the Practical Nursing program until they have meet all of the requirements.

Students Must Be Provide the Following to be Accepted into the Program:

  • Recent Physical Exam
  • Negative TB Skin Test (or screening positive reactors)
  • Completion of the HBV
  • Rubella Immunity and History of Chickenpox or the Chickenpox Vaccine.
  • Flu when Available
  • Current COVID Vaccination Status
  • $15 Liability Insurance Fee

Students are not accepted into the Nursing program until they complete these entrance requirements in the first semester of their junior year:

  • STNA Certification (Students must maintain an 80% or better on each test in the course.)
  • Cannot have more than four excused or unexcused absences for lab days during the first semester (STNA portion) of the junior year.
  • Maintain an 80% in all course work during the program (academic and lab classes).

Requirements once admitted into the Nursing program:

  • Cannot have more than 32 hours of excused or unexcused lab absences during the entire program.
  • Maintain an 80% in all course work during the program (academic and lab classes).
  • Miss no more than one clinical day (excused or unexcused) for the entire program.
  • Must pass a predictor exam in order to sit for the board exam.


Mike Baker

Practical Nursing Teacher
High School

Teresa Hall

Practical Nursing Instructor, State Tested Nursing Assistant Teacher
High School

Meghan Gillum

Health and Services Academies Supervisor
High School

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