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1. What GPA do I need?
For applicants applying for the AU 14 schedule and beyond, a 2.60 GPA is required.
2. Is the practical nurse (PN) program full-time or part-time?
The PN program is a part-time program with technical courses being held in the evenings and on weekends. 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. Does CSCC have a full-time practical nurse program?
No, CSCC does not have a full-time curriculum for the PN program at this time. Columbus State is considering adding a full-time program in 2015.
4. How long is the part-time PN program?
The PN program takes 21 months to complete.
5. When are the courses for the part-time evening practical nurse program?
Practical nurse courses (PNUR) will be scheduled on one or two weeknights each from as early as 5:30pm to as late as 10:30pm. Labs and clinicals may be held on Saturdays or Sundays from as early as 7am to as late as 5pm.
6. Where are Practical Nursing courses offered?
Practical Nursing classes are offered at Columbus State's main campus downtown, in our newly renovated lab facilities.
7. 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:
NURC 1101, Nurse Aide Training.
- If the state-approved course was taken in a long-term care facility, student will need to submit a copy of their certificate of completion or their card from the Ohio Department of Health. Contact Rita Krummen at 614-287-5387.
- MULT 128 is acceptable for Mount Carmel Health employees
- 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 10 days before registration starts. Complete this early!
MULT 1010, Medical Terminology.
- Students may have prior-learning experience from another program that meets this requirement. Contact Peggy Mayo at 287-2608 for additional information.
- Students may test out of this course. Contact Peggy Mayo at 287-2608 for further information. There is a $50 fee for testing out of a course.
BIO 2300, Human Anatomy. BIO 0100 is a prerequisite for BIO 0100.
9. When are students admitted into the practical nurse program?
Students are admitted into the PN program for Spring and Autumn semesters currently.
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.
12. When are applications for admission accepted?
The application deadlines for Autumn Semester admission is May 31 each year. The deadline for Spring Semester enrollment is Oct. 31 each year.
13. Is there a waiting list for the PN program?
No, there is no waiting list for the program.
14. When is my completed health record required to be turned in for 14SP?
Deadlines are posted at the Health Records office. Please contact the Health Records office at 287-2450 for information pertaining to the semester you plan to be admitted to the Practical Nursing program.
15. What is the cost of the PN program, excluding prerequisite courses?
- Currently, tuition is $132.60 per credit hour for in-state students. The program is 29 semester credit hours. Therefore, tuition is estimated at $3,845 for in-state students. Fees, books, equipment and uniforms are estimated at $2,500.
- The cost will go to $135.93 in Autumn 2014.
16. 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 x 15 weeks
- PNUR 1200 Four hours/week in lecture/ lab x 15 weeks
- PNUR 1300 Five hours/week in lecture/ lab x 10 weeks (This course is only offered in summer term.) PNUR 1766 and 1866 must be taken in the same term.
- PNUR 1400 Four hours/week in lecture/lab x 15 weeks This course must be taken with PNUR 1767 & 1867.
- PNUR 1765 Four hours/week in lecture/lab x 15 weeks
- PNUR 1865 45 hours per semester in clinical - schedule varies
- PNUR 1766 Four hours x 10 weeks in lecture/ lab (This course is only offered in summer term.) 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 x 15 weeks. 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 x 15 weeks 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.
17. 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 287-5750 to schedule the TEAS V or the HESI A2. Science scores are needed for both tests.
18. 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.
Practical Nursing also accepts the following minimum scores on the TEAS 5 test: Reading Comprehension-73%; English-63%; Math-60%, and Science -46%. The questions are four-option multiple choice. No calculators are allowed.
19. 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.
The TEAS V Study Guide is available in the DX. We recommend that you browse through it and decide if it will help you. You may also consult the test publisher’s website at atitesting.com where you may purchase practice tests. Click on “On-line Store” and then shop by “TEAS Products.” A copy is also available at the CS library
20. If I have taken MATH 1020 or higher, do I need to take MATH 1000?
No. MATH 1000, Math Skills for Health Professionals, is no longer required by the Practical Nursing program. However, students must have completed DEV 0105, placed into (and completed) DEV 0115 or higher, or completed a different Algebra course higher than DEV 0105.
21. What is Corporate Screening?
This is the company that Columbus State uses for drug screening and background checks. Students must pay for and complete a drug screen and background check once they are admitted to the program.
22. Where can I receive an application for the PN program?
Use the Practical Nursing Application form.
23. Will there be an orientation for accepted practical nursing students?
Yes, orientation for students is online and will be followed by a meeting with your faculty advisor.