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1. What GPA do I need?

For all applicants, a 2.60 GPA is required. 

2. Is the practical nurse (PN) program full-time or part-time?

The PN program offers two tracks for completion including both a full-time day & a full-time evening program. Students are free to take required general education and basic courses whenever it is convenient for them as long as these courses are completed by the term in which they are required. 

3. How long is the Full time PN program?

The full-time PN program takes 12 months to complete.

4. When are the courses for the full-time evening practical nurse program?

Practical nurse courses (PNUR) can be scheduled Monday through Friday , from as early as 5:00 pm to as late as 10:30 pm. Labs and clinicals may be held on Saturdays or Sundays from as early as 7:00 am to as late as 5:00 pm.

6. When are courses for the full time day practical nursing program?

Courses in the day program will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

7.  Where are Practical Nursing courses offered?

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

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

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

STNA Certification or NURC 1001 (Nurse Aide Training) 

  • 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. Contact Mecy Corum at 614-287-5806.
  • NOTE: In order to register for NURC 1101 at Columbus State, you must complete and submit the required health records to the Health Records Office at least ten days before registration starts. In order to decrease the risk of late registration please complete this early.

MULT 1010, Medical Terminology.

  • Students may have prior-learning experience from another program that meets this requirement. Contact April Pace  at 614- 287-5152 for additional information or testing information

BIO 2300, Human Anatomy. BIO 0100 is a prerequisite for BIO 0100. 

ENG 1100

Math 1025

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

Students are admitted into the full time programs in the spring to begin Practical nursing courses in the  Summer Semester.

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

Yes, the PNUR courses are sequential. If a student has to skip a term because of an emergency or an unforeseen event, the student is considered Out of Sequence and will need to meet with his/her LPN program adviser before rejoining the PN program.

11. When are applications for admission accepted?

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

Summer Semester admission is February 28th  each year.


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

No, there is no waiting list for the program.

13. 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.

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

  • The cost is $135.93 per credit hour .The program is 38 semester credit hours. Therefore, tuition is estimated at $5,165 for in-state students. Fees, books, equipment and uniforms are estimated at $3,000.

15. 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 5 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 6 hrs/wk for 15 wks    
  • PNUR 1900  3 hours in lecture/ lab /seminar
  • PNUR 1906 112 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.  Plan accordingly. 

16. When should I take the nursing entrance test?

Students should take the nursing entrance test after they take the COMPASS placement test and any needed developmental courses to ensure success on it. Please contact 614-287-5750 to schedule the HESI A2.  

17. 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.


18. 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 Practical Nursing Application form

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

Yes, there is a mandatory on-site orientation one week prior to the beginning of the term.