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An Affordable Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Be ready to take your nursing licensure exam in as little as nine months (960 hours) with the full-time, 9-month, or 16-month licensed practical nurse (LPN) program at Portage Lakes Career Center’s W. Howard Nicol School of Practical Nursing. Located in Uniontown and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, our vocational nursing program is taught in a modern facility by experienced registered nurses with access to the latest technology. Students also complete clinical experiences at various health-care facilities throughout the Akron-Canton regional area.

New in 2020! Portage Lakes Career Center also offers a 16-month option to get your LPN license. For more information, call 330.896.8102 to speak with an admissions counselor.

At Portage Lakes Career Center, we take the guesswork out of planning and budgeting for an LPN school. With no hidden fees of any kind, you can be confident there will be no surprises in the cost of your education. In addition to instruction, books, uniforms, and graduation supplies, tuition for qualifying students covers the NCLEX-PN (National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses), application for the Ohio Board of Nursing, and NCLEX test prep.

All-inclusive Tuition: $14,995 + $300 Device Fee
Program Entrance: August of Each Year
9 Month Track: M-F, 8 am – 3:30 pm
16 Month Track: T, W, & TH, 8 am – 4 pm

* Start times may vary on Clinical Days

Currently Accepting Applications For Fall 2021 Start

Frequently Asked Questions About LPN Certificate Programs

How much does a licensed practical nurse (LPN) make per year in Ohio?
The average annual salary of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Ohio is $43,678 (December 2019).

What kind of jobs can LPNs get?
LPNs usually provide nursing care in long-term care or rehabilitation facilities, home care settings, physician offices, and outpatient clinics. In Ohio, LPN nursing care is delivered at the direction of a registered nurse or any of the following authorized to practice in this state: a physician, physician assistant, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, or chiropractor.

How many LPN program applicants does Portage Lakes Career Center accept?
Enrollment in our practical nursing program is limited to 50 students.

How do I enroll in the Portage Lakes Career Center nursing program?
To get started, you must submit an application. Applications can be completed online on the PLCC website. If you do not have computer access, you can come to the school during normal school hours to complete the application.

Our Vocational Nursing Program: Your First Step Toward a Nursing Career

Students of all ages and backgrounds choose the practical nursing program at Portage Lakes Career Center. Allow us to be your entryway into professional nursing. Class sizes are limited. 

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Other program benefits: graduates of the Portage Lakes Career Center practical nursing program earn 30 technical credits toward an associate’s degree of technical studies from the University of Akron.

Learn More About Our Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Want to go deeper with Portage Lakes Career Center’s practical nursing program? Read the additional information available:

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Placement Methodology

PN Handbook 

PN Full-Time 2020-2021 School Calendar

PN Part-Time 2020-2021 School Calendar

Pre-admission Workkeys Examination Information for LPN Program

The examination used by this nursing trade school is a standardized test used to measure the applicant’s ability and knowledge of reading for information, mathematics and locating information. It is suggested that applicants review and prepare for the examination. The GED Preparation books and Preparation for Practical Nursing Preadmission Test by Arco are recommended for review. Most of these are available at local libraries or bookstores.  Click here to view or download a WorkKeys® preparation guide with sample questions and answers for the Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information sections.

The test consists of these three parts:

READING FOR INFORMATION: The Reading for Information test measures skill in reading and understanding work-related instructions and policies. The reading passages and questions in the assessment are based on the actual demands of the workplace. Passages take the form of memos, bulletins, notices, letters, policy manuals, and governmental regulations.

MATHEMATICS: The Applied Mathematics test measures skill in applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems. The test questions require the examinee to set up and solve the types of problems and do the types of calculations that actually occur in the workplace. This test is designed to be taken with a calculator. As on the job, the calculator serves as a tool for problem solving.

LOCATING INFORMATION: The Locating Information test measures skill in using information presented in workplace graphics such as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, charts, and instrument gauges. Examinees are asked to locate, insert, compare, and summarize information in one graphic or in a group of related graphics. At the highest level, examinees are asked to make decisions and draw conclusions based on information contained in one or more graphics.