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Practical Nursing

An Affordable Licensed Practical Nurse Program​

Be ready to take your nursing licensure exam in less than ten months with the 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 practical 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.

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. For more information, call 330.896.8102 to speak with an admissions counselor.


Our 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.

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.

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Admissions Policy Statement

Students looking to enroll in the above-listed program must submit an official high school or GED transcript to be reviewed. Team members will grant student placement only after evaluating the transcript and determining that it meets all criteria for admission.







Full-Time 9-Month Track:

Monday – Friday 

8 am – 3:30 pm

Part-Time 14-Month Track:

(Contact our Admissions office for more information) 




Equipped and Empowered

Frequently Asked Questions About The LPN Certificate Program

How much does a licensed practical nurse (LPN) make per year in Ohio?

The median annual salary of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Ohio is $44,000 (topjobs.ohio.gov, January 2023).

What kind of jobs can LPNs get?

LPNs usually provide nursing care in hospitals, 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.  Our Practical Nursing graduates often secure employment at Aultman Hospital, Summa Health System, Akron Children’s Hospital, and University Hospitals.

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 tuition is all-inclusive - no hidden or additional fees

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If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.