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    Columbus School of Practical Nursing            

     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
    • Students normally finish this program in 12 months, pending staffing levels
    • A long tradition of excellence in nursing education –67 years
    • Outstanding graduate success on the state board examination
    • Click to HEAR FROM US about our Practical Nursing program
      Nationally accredited by COE and full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing


    Our 12 month Practical Nursing Program is divided into three trimesters.  Tuition is $18,000 for the full program. We accept all forms of financial aid and scholarships. Books and uniforms are not included in the tuition. 

    Program Application: 

    Please download the  Information Packet. The checklist of requirements appears on page 3. Check out the Roadmap to Registration for a step-by-step process.

    Click here for a video to assist with the application.

Practical Nursing Calendar

Practical Nursing

  • The HESI A2 Entrance Examination 

    Students must achieve a composite score of 75% on the HESI Entrance Exam in one exam session in order to qualify for admission to the Practical Nursing program.
    The required 75% score is an average of the following 4 sections of the examination:
    • Vocabulary and General Knowledge 
    • Grammar 
    • Math 
    • Reading Comprehension
    Additional Study Guides: 

    HESI Test Registration

    HESI Test Dates


    Financial Aid

    Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Call our financial aid coordinator at 380.997.7620.  

    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 a nursing application. Late submissions will not be considered.  

    Program Schedule

    Class hours are 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on clinical days, when students will be required to be at their clinical site by 7 a.m. All posted dates and times for course offerings are dependent upon sufficient staffing availability. 

    Course Schedule for May 2024

    Book list for May 2024

    PN Student Handbook