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1. What GPA do I need?

A 2.60 GPA is required for acceptance into the LPN program

2. Is the Practical Nurse (PN) program full-time or part-time?

Columbus State currently offers a full-time day and full-time evening program.  The full-time evening program begins in the spring semester and the full-time day program begins in the summer semester.

3. How long is the full- time PN program?

The full-time PN program is four semesters long and takes approximately 15 months to complete.

4. When are courses offered?

Courses are offered both during the daytime hours as well as the evening hours in order to accommodate the busy lives of our students. 

5.  Where are Practical Nursing courses offered?

Practical Nursing classes are offered at Columbus State's main campus downtown, in our newly renovated lab facilities.

6. What prerequisite courses do I need to register for before I can apply to the PN program?

Students must complete the following courses before applying to the Practical Nursing program:

STNA Certification or NURC 1001 (Nurse Aide Training) within the past five years

  • If a state-approved course and exam were taken at an outside facility, the student will need to pay for and apply for "N" credit by submitting a copy of their certificate of completion or their card from the Ohio Department of Health.
    • Please contact Mecy Corum at 614-287-5806 for assistance with this process
  • NOTE: In order to register for NURC 1001 at Columbus State, you must complete and submit the required health records to the Health Records Office at least ten days before registration starts. Please complete this early as class space is limited.


  • Students must be placed into 0100 or higher so they can complete BIO 2300, Human Anatomy in the first semester. 


  • Students must also be placed into ENGL 1100


 Students must be placed into 0100 or higher.


7. When are students admitted into the practical nurse program?

The Practical Nursing program has a summer and a spring start for new students. 

8. Do the practical nurse program courses need to be taken in order?

Yes, the PNUR courses are sequential and should be completed in the order they are prescribed.

9. When are applications for admission accepted?

The application deadlines for the full-time programs are as follows:

Applications for the summer  must be submitted no later than February 28th while applications for the spring start must be submitted no later than September 30th.

10. Is there a waiting list for the PN program?

There is no waiting list for the program.

11. When is my completed health record required to be turned in?

Deadlines are posted at the Health Records office. Please contact the Health Records office at 614-287-2450 for information pertaining to the semester you plan to be admitted to the Practical Nursing program.

12. What is the cost of the PN program, excluding prerequisite courses?

  • The cost is $135.93 per credit hour .The program is 39 semester credit hours. Therefore, tuition is estimated at $5,301.27 for in-state students.
  • Fees, equipment and uniforms are estimated at $1,4000.
  • Students are required to purchase their e-books and curriculum package prior to beginning their first term in the LPN program. The Evolve curriculum package is approximately $1,600.00

13. How many hours are required for each course including lecture, lab or clinical hours?

Students will spend the following amount of time, approximately, in each course including lecture, lab, or clinical:

  • PNUR 1100  Four hours/week in lecture/ lab     
  • PNUR 1200  Two hours/week in lecture
  • PNUR 1300  Four hours/week in lecture/ lab, PNUR 1766 and 1866 must be taken in the same term.    
  • PNUR 1400  Four hours/week in lecture/lab.  This course must be taken with PNUR 1767 & 1867.
  • PNUR 1765 Four hours/week in lecture/lab 
  • PNUR 1865 30 hours per semester in clinical - schedule varies
  • PNUR 1766 Four hours in lecture/ lab. This course must be taken with PNUR 1300 and 1866.
  • PNUR 1866  45 hrs per semester in clinical, for an average of five hours/week for 9 wks.
  • PNUR 1767 hours per semester in lecture/ lab.  This course must be taken with PNUR 1400 and 1867.
  • PNUR 1867  90 hours per semester in clinical, for an average of six hrs/wk for 15 wks    
  • PNUR 1900  3 hours in lecture/ lab /seminar
  • PNUR 1906 105 hours per semester in practicum (similar to clinical).  Weekly hours may vary.

NOTE:  This does not include independent study time.  Nursing curriculum is very challenging.  Students are encouraged to plan accordingly. 

14. When should I take the nursing entrance test?

Students must complete the HESI A2 exam before starting the LPN program.

15. What  scores do I need to attain on either of the nursing entrance tests?

Practical Nursing accepts an average score of 75% minimum on the HESI A2 Admissions Exam including the science score. An electronic calculator may be used.

*Students will have two attempts to complete the HESI A2 exam and achieve the 75% Students will not be permitted to complete the HESI A2 exam more than two times.


16. Should I use a study guide before taking one of these tests?

The HESI A2 Study Guide is available at the DX. It is called the Evolve Reach Testing and Remediation Admission Assessment Exam Review, 2nd Edition by HESI-Elsevier. A copy is also available at the CS library.



19. Where can I receive an application for the PN program?

Use the online Practical Nursing Application form

20. Will there be an orientation for accepted practical nursing students? 

Yes, there is a mandatory on-site orientation  prior to the beginning of the term. Students will receive information regarding this orientation with their acceptance packet.