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

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Applications may be requested after meeting requirements listed below
  • Please see application procedures for more information.
  • High School Diploma/GED, or a higher degree transcript must be on file in the Office of the Registrar.
  • Cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
  • Students enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) who do not possess a Tri-C GPA and are seeking to enter the Practical Nursing Certificate Program with transfer credit for support courses from another accredited institution** may use that institution’s cumulative GPA if  the GPAisf 2.5 or greater. (**Schools accepted by Tri-C)
  • For the student that has a degree from another institution, the degree GPA will take precedent over the Tri-C GPA, if that GPA is higher than the Tri-C GPA.
  • An official transcript must be submitted to Tri-C’s Enrollment Office (Metropolitan, Eastern, Westshore, or Western Campus).
  • Complete the program admission courses listed below with grade of "C" or higher or achieve the appropriate score on English and Math placement tests.
MATH-0955Beginning Algebra (or appropriate score on Math Placement Test)6
ENG-0990Language Fundamentals II (or appropriate score on English Placement Test)6

Other Information

  • Day and modified evening classes admitted Fall only. Space available basis. Clinical experiences may be held during the day and/or evenings.
  • BIO-1050 Human Biology and BIO-105L Human Biology Laboratory may be repeated once to improve a grade of “C” or less. A grade of less than “C” received over 7 years ago will not count toward the “one science course” repeat rule.
  • The Elsevier Admission Test (A2) is required for admission to the program. Students must achieve a grade of 75% or higher on the Math Skills and ***English Language portions of the exam. There is a limit of two attempts within a 12 month period. Students may attempt the exam one time a month. If a second attempt is needed to achieve a passing score, only the section(s) below 75% needs to be completed.
  • ***The English portion of the exam is composed of three separate tests. The three tests are: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar. All three sections must be taken for a score to be used for admission purposes.
  • A grade of "C" or higher is required for core courses: ENG-1010, BIO-1050/BIO-105L, PSY-1010 General Psychology and PSY-2020 Life Span Development.
  • BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II together will be accepted in place of BIO-1050 and BIO-105L effective Fall 2011 (may be taken after admission to the program).
  • Once Practical Nursing courses have begun, all other classes must be taken in program sequence.
  • Graduates of this certificate program may be eligible for the LPN to RN Track of the ADN Program.
  • All students enrolled in Health Career and Nursing programs requiring off campus clinical experiences are required to complete a background check that includes fingerprinting and a court search. Log onto for further information.

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
First SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1050 Human Biology 1 3
BIO-105L Human Biology Laboratory 1
PNUR-1200 Physical Assessment for the Practical Nurse 2
PNUR-1210 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 3
PNUR-1322 Nursing Management of the Adult I 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
PNUR-1330 Nursing Management of Adults II 8
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours14
Summer Completion
PNUR-1341 Lifespan Nursing for the Practical Nurse 4
Select one of the following: 4
Life Span Development  
Honors Life Span Development  
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours34