Practical Nursing

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The health care industry is growing, and along with it is the need for qualified Practical Nurses. Whether in a hospital, extended care facility, or home health, employers look for skilled, compassionate people to handle one of the most important aspects of client care-bedside nursing. As a Practical Nurse, your primary role will be bedside nursing, assisting physicians and Registered Nurses in client care. You are an important part of the health care team and your skills have a direct effect on the client's health and well-being.

The program is offered as either 1 year full-time day or 2 year part-time evening classes. During the program, your studies will include both classroom and clinical experiences. Your classroom instruction will be enhanced by concurrent clinical experiences at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Selby General Hospital, Harmar Place, and Heartland of Marietta. You will also gain experience through observational time with home nursing, nursery schools, physicians' offices, and clinics.

The practical nursing education program is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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  • Hospitals
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Physician's Offices
  • Clinics
  • Private duty
  • Home Health


After graduation, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This examination is designed to test knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. The use of a national examination facilitates licensure by endorsement from one jurisdiction/state to another. There are many career opportunities open to Washington State Community College Practical Nursing Education graduates.

If you wish to continue your nursing education, you may enroll in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Washington State Community College with advanced standing, provided you meet admission criteria. There are also nursing programs in other areas in which you may enroll with advanced standing, provided you meet admission criteria.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Practical Nursing Education program is limited and admission is done on a selective basis. Selection is made based on ACT Score or the TEAS V Nurse Entrance Test scores, high school transcripts (GED), and references. There are specific requirements that must be met for admission.


  • Recognize optimal health and normal function for self and individuals across the lifespan, practicing and teaching this knowledge within the scope of practice to family and community members.
  • Collect and record objective and subjective data within the scope practice of a practical nurse.
  • Perform basic nursing skills with dexterity, competency, insight, and safety within the scope of practice for a beginning practical nurse.
  • Develop communication and listening skills which can assist clients across the lifespan to cope with problems which affect health and rehabilitation within the scope of practice for the practical nurse.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing actions and contribute to establishing a new nursing approach as needed within the scope of practice for the practical nurse.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and co-workers both orally and in writing.
  • Develop skills which promote appropriate interpersonal relationships, effective communication, and mental health.
  • Develop an appreciation for the dignity and integrity of human beings which leads to respect for the individuality of the client and other health team members.
  • Demonstrate a code of behavior based on ethical principles and an understanding of the legal scope of practice of the practical nurse.
  • Demonstrate motivation to learn through involvement in assignments, participation in conferences, and self-evaluation.



Practical Nursing Education - Day and Evening Program course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.

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Practical Nursing is a certificate program.

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Alicia Warren, MSN, RN
Director & Associate Professor
Practical Nursing Education
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