Practical Nursing

Program Objectives

Collins Career Technical Center is committed to providing excellence in nursing education. Since the nursing faculty believe learning is a dynamic, lifelong process, the curriculum places importance on the need for continued growth in one's nursing practice. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue a career in the field of practical nursing while building a foundation to enable students to continue their education. The faculty utilizes a blend of theory based on evidence based practice with hands on experiences to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist in the promotion of health and wellness to individuals, family and the community.

Program Goals:

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN and seek employment in providing direct nursing care to individuals with commonly occurring health problems within a structured health care setting. The practical nurse functions under the direction of the registered nurse, physician, health care provider, or dentist. The nursing program provides the administrative, technical, clinical, and ethical training necessary to pursue a nursing career in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Private physician and counseling practices
  • Nursing facilities
  • Community clinics and agencies
  • Length of Course:

    There are five practical nursing programs available.

    Two programs begin in August and end the following June.

    • The LPN 101 (Chesapeake Campus) program meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.
    • The PN 105 (Chesapeake Campus) program meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.

    Three programs start in January and end the following December.

    • The PN 102 and PN 104 (Coal Grove Campus) meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the day.
    • The PN 103 (Coal Grove Campus) program meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening.

    Collins Career Technical Center Practical Nursing applicants are accepted on a first come first serve basis. You must comply with all health screening guidelines and application process. Applications must be hand delivered with proof of identification to one of our locations. The Program accepts 40 students per class.

    Job Opportunities:

    Graduates are employed in area hospitals, private physician and counseling practices, nursing facilities, community clinics and agencies


    Ohio Board of Nursing

    Clinical Sites

    Clinical Obligations

    Program Cost Breakdown

    ** Costs are subject to change
    **(Total calculated on licensure in one state, based on state of most expense).

    Please read Admission Procedures
    The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

    If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

    Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission.

    Description Course ID Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 1 (12 weeks)
    • Professional Roles
    NSG100 8 Hours
    • Pharmacology Introduction
    NSG210 36 Hours
    • Nursing Principles I
    NSG200 234 Hours
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    BIO100 56 Hours
    • Medical Terminology
    HLTH100 24 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 1 Total Hours
    358 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 2 (12 weeks)
    • Nursing Principles II
    NSG202 163 Hours
    • Pharmacology I
    NSG220 21 Hours
    • Mental Health
    NSG400 36 Hours
    • Med Surg I
    NSG300 142 Hours
    • CPR
    HLTH101 8 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 2 Total Hours
    370 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 3 (10 weeks)
    • Pharmacology II
    NSG230 21 Hours
    • Peds / Growth and Development
    NSG410 36 Hours
    • Med Surg II
    NSG310 225 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 3 Total Hours
    282 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 4 (10 weeks)
    • Leadership
    NSG110 18 Hours
    • Maternity
    NSG420 44 Hours
    • Med Surg III
    NSG320 207 Hours
    • Pharmacology III
    NSG240 21 Hours
    Practical Nursing Quarter 4 Total Hours
    290 Hours
    Total Program Hours
    1300 Hours

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    Gainful Employment
  • A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. However, the student will have weekends free and it is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.
  • Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.
  • The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.
    The first semester consists of didactic and Laboratory courses. Second semester is clinical practice. Each semester will alternate didactic and clinical.
    Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook
    The sonography program at CCC has 5-10 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.
    No. Students will receive adequate training in echo and vascular clinical settings, changing every semester, taking into consideration the need of the student.
    Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 hours one-way).
    No. Students must provide their own transportation.
    It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the CDMS program takes two (2) years to complete.
    The medical sonography scan lab at CCC is state-of-the-art. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.
    No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.
    Approximately 5. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Technical Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.
    Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.