Adult & Community Education, Columbus City Schools

  • Full Tuition Scholarship  

    Available to a graduating CCS senior for enrollment in Summer 2022 or Fall 2022.

    Click here for details and application.  

    Become a Practical Nurse in Columbus, Ohio             

     Our 12-month Practical Nursing program in Columbus is a fast, affordable way to gain the nursing skills needed to work in the healthcare field.

    • Convenient 12-month, daytime Practical Nursing program
    • A long tradition of excellence in nursing education –66 years
    • Outstanding graduate success on the state board examination
    • Click to HEAR FROM US about our Practical Nursing program

    Program Registration: 

    Please download the application packet for registration information. 

    Click here for a video to assist with the application.




Practical Nursing Calendar

Practical Nursing

  • Please note: The phone number for Practical Nursing has changed. The new number is 380.997.7618.

    Program Registration:

    Please download the application packet for registration information. The application checklist appears on page 3. Check out the Roadmap to Registration for a more simplified view of the process.  


    The HESI A2 Entrance Examination 

    Students must achieve a composite score of 75% on the HESI Entrance Exam in order to qualify for admission to the Practical Nursing program.
    Note: the science tests are not required.
    The required 75% score is an average of the following 4 sections of the examination:
    • Vocabulary and General Knowledge 
    • Grammar 
    • Math 
    • Reading Comprehension
    You are required to achieve the 75% on one exam session. We do not combine scores from different test dates. 
    Free Exam Prep- BRIDGE TO NURSING CLASSES- FREE classes to prepare you for the HESI test. Click on this link for dates and registration.  Bridge to Nursing
    Download this link:  HESI 101 for more information about a brief class to prepare for HESI test.
    Study Guides:  
    You may choose to purchase the HESI A2 Study Guide. The Columbus Metropolitan library may also have this book available or you can check out GED study materials to help you prepare.

    HESI Test Registration:  HESI TEST DATES  

    Step 1: Create an Elsevier Evolve account at , Click on login/create account. Write down your username and password! You will need it to take your test and retrieve your scores!
    Step 2: After you have created your Elsevier account, if you wish to take the test at our school, complete the HESI registration form and submit it with payment. You must register and pay for your test no later than the Friday prior to the test. Cost of the test is $60 payable by check, money order or credit/debit card only. Payment is accepted by mail or in person. Please register early, as we can only accommodate about 8 testers in each session.
    Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin. The door will be locked when the test begins, and late arrivals will not be admitted. There are no refunds for missed exams or late arrivals.

    Financial Aid:

    Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. See the financial aid section in the application packet or call our financial aid coordinator at 380.997.7620. 

    Gainful Employment Disclosure 

    Request for Advanced Standing (transfer credit)

    Practical Nursing may award advanced standing to students who meet the requirements. Download the Request for Advanced Standing here. Please note that the request for advanced standing must be turned in along with nursing application. Late submissions will not be considered. 


    Students must possess a high school diploma or GED, meet required scores on the entrance examination, and hold a current BLS Healthcare Provider card. Additionally, all students who have been accepted into the nursing program must attend the Student Success class, which is held prior to the start of the nursing program. See Information Packet for complete details and other requirements.

    CPR Requirement: All incoming students must have a valid CPR Card. Our nursing program specifically requires the BLS Provider certification. 


    Our 12 month Practical Nursing program is divided into three trimesters. The tuition for the entire program is $15,900, payable by the trimester. We accept all forms of financial aid and scholarships. All students are encouraged to apply for as much financial assistance as possible. Books and uniforms are not included in the tuition.

    Class hours are 8 am - 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on clinical days, when students will be required to be at their clinical site by 7 am. please refer to the calendar at the top of the page for application deadlines and program dates.

    Practical Nursing Curriculum Overview


    Anatomy & Physiology I
    Pharmacology II
    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing I/ Medical Terminology

    Anatomy & Physiology II
    Nursing Care of the Adult I (Medical-Surgical Nursing) 
    Pharmacology II 
    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing II 

    Nursing Leadership
    Nursing Care of the Adult II
    Maternal-Child-Pediatric Nursing
    Mental Health Nursing 

    Book list for August 2022