Starting Fall 2020 the Division of Nursing will be transitioning to a one-plus-one curriculum.  Effective Fall 2020, all Nursing students will need to apply to the Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing.   Students who successfully complete the first year of the program will be awarded a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

The Practical Nurse (at the direction of a licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, chiropractor, or registered nurse) works in a variety of settings including: clinics, home care, hospitals, long term care facilities and physicians' offices. The curriculum consists of 34 semester credit hours, divided among nursing and non-nursing courses. The nursing courses consist of classroom activities, clinical labs, hospital and long-term care facilities caring for patients of all ages with a variety of health deviations. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. ACCESS in Nursing is available for graduates.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more here and here about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

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Fall 2020 Program Admission Requirements

Starting Fall 2020 the Division of Nursing will be transitioning to a one-plus-one curriculum.  Effective Fall 2020, all Nursing students will need to apply to the Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing.   Students who successfully complete the first year of the program will be awarded a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

The new nursing curriculum is presented as a career ladder concept based curriculum designed to improve nursing career mobility and provide seamless progression from nurse aide certification to practical nurse certification to the associate degree in applied science in nursing.  Students who successfully complete the two prerequisite nursing courses are eligible to sit for the ODH STNA (Ohio Department of Health State Tested Nurse Aide) examination and progress to the nursing program after meeting all admission requirements. Students who successfully complete the first year of the program will be awarded a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Students who complete the second year of the nursing program will be awarded an associate degree in applied science and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.  All students are admitted using a common admission criteria. The new admission criteria are as follows:

Prerequisite Course Work

BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I 14
MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics 23
NURS-1000Introduction to Health Care and Professional Nurse Concepts (5 week hybrid course) 31
NURS-1010Introduction to Patient Care Concepts (10 week lab/clinical course)4
Select one of the following:3
General Psychology
Honors General Psychology
  • All applicants must be 18 years old and have a High School Diploma/GED, or a higher degree transcript must be on file in the Office of the Registrar.
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 from Tri-C with a minimum of 9 credit hours from any course that maybe used to meet the general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree. If an applicant’s Tri-C GPA is less than 2.75, transfer GPA from an accredited institution as recognized by the college can be used for admission criteria only if the student has 9 credit hours of courses that maybe used to meet the general education requirements Associate of Applied Science Degree, and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.  Note:  Students who who have completed Health related courses may apply to use these courses to meet the 9 credit hour requirement. These courses are subject to division approval only.
  • All applicants are required to take The Health Education Systems Inc Admission Assessment Exam-A2 (HESI A2) as part of the application process for entry into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Students can complete the A2 at any time during the application process, but must complete it prior to beginning NURS 1010-Introduction to Patient Care Concepts and must achieve a minimum score of 75% on the Math and English** sections for consideration for the program. One attempt can be made per month. If a 2nd attempt is needed only the section(s) below 75% needs to be completed. There is a limit of 2 attempts in a 12-month period. Three separate tests compose the English Language portion of the exam. The three tests are: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar. Please visit http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursing/hesi-a2-entrance-exam.html for detailed information on the HESI examination as well as how to register for the exam.
  • Complete and pass a background check that includes finger printing and BCI check.
  • Students will be required to have a “B” or higher in all required prerequisite and co-requisite sciences courses

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Collects, prioritizes, organizes and records patient information in an accurate and appropriate manner for continuity of patient care.
  2. Integrate interpersonal skill concepts and professional behavior standards into the practice of Practical Nursing. The ability to utilize therapeutic communication skills effectively with members of the health care team, patients and families.
  3. Apply the principles of medication administration, utilizing the nursing process to affect a positive and safe outcome. Also, utilize the nursing process while implementing scientific principles of nursing, consistently, to safely provide technical care.
  4. Delegate and supervise within LPN scope of practice, unlicensed personnel in the performance of appropriate skills while adhering to facility policies and procedures.
  5. Demonstrate a theory based practice when planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care of individuals and groups across the lifespan, including end of life care.
  6. Utilize critical thinking in a clinical environment, applying the nursing process to meet self-care and self care deficits across the life span. Including end-of-life care.
    A practical nurse should be able to use critical thinking skills to:
    • Assist RN with patient assessment
    • Prioritize patient care among patients
    • Recognize when a patient is in trouble and seek assistance
    • Delegate tasks within scope of practice
  7. Effectively teach patients and families self–care to attain, maintain optimal level of wellness or to a dignified death in accordance with patient’s wishes.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics 3
NURS-1000 Introduction to Healthcare Concepts 1
NURS-1010 Introduction to Patient Care Concepts 4
Select one of the following:  
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours12
First Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NURS-1200 Fundamentals of Nursing Concepts 4
NURS-1210 Concepts of Nursing Care for Patients in Community and Behavioral Health Settings 2
Select one of the following: 4
Life Span Development  
Honors Life Span Development  
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
NURS-1220 Concepts of Nursing Care for patients with Acute and Chronic Conditions I 5
NURS-1230 Concepts of Nursing Care of Childbearing Families and Children 4
NURS-1240 Role Transitions 1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours39