Practical Nurse (PN) Program

Your Practical Nursing Career is Waiting…

Licensed Practical Nurses are needed to fill our national nursing shortage. Job positions for Licensed Practical Nurses are increasingly on the rise as more individuals are increasingly in need of nurses to provide personal care within the home in addition to the traditional hospital, nursing home and extended care settings.


What does a Practical Nurse(LPN) do?

Practical Nurses (PNs) work with and under the direction of registered nurses and physicians. They provide direct bedside care for injured, sick and handicapped patients, and also assist with patient education. Many practical nurses are responsible for managing team nursing patient care delivery and are responsible for supervising unlicensed personnel.




The School of Nursing will admit students to the Practical Nursing Program on a quarterly enrollment schedule.

 To qualify for the practical nurse program, you must: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete school application packet and submit $50.00 school application fee.
  • Submit copy of driver’s license or state ID, and social security number.
  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript.
  • Submit a money order payable to Acadia Career Institute in the amount of  $75.00 for HOBET test and schedule date to take the test.
  • Successful score on the HOBET (Health Occupations Entrance Exam) a score that is:

             Reading:         60% or higher

             Math:              60% or higher

If the candidate is not successful on the first attempt, the applicant has the option to re-take the HOBET for a second time. If the applicant is not successful after two attempts, the applicant must wait four (4) months before re-attempting the HOBET for the third time.

  • Meet with PN Program Director for interview.
  • Obtain and submit an electronic fingerprint criminal background check. Both an Ohio Bureau of criminal Investigation and Identification (BC&I) and a Federal Bureau of InvestigationFBI) are required for admittance to the PN program.
  • Submit proof of immunizations/lab titers-

            MMR, Varicella, HepatitisB, Tetanus & TB screening

  • Submit physical/drug screening
  • Review and sign the ACI Admissions Acknowledgement Form.
  • Submit proof of current CPR Certification for Health Care Providers that includes adult, child, and infant. CPR certification must be maintained until the end of the program.
  • Submit NSO student liability insurance.

* Be accepted as candidate into the program

  • Submit a completed PN Program Application Packet, including 3 reference forms, and all required documents. References must be able to speak to academic ability and/or work ethic.
  • Sign and receive a copy of the State of Ohio Disclosure Form.
  • Sign and receive a copy of the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Attend mandatory Nursing Information Session
  • A negative background check. Students should be aware that:
  • A felony conviction may affect ability to attain licensure.
  • Criminal background checks, including fingerprints, are required for licensure and are required by many clinical sites providing clinical experiences. If any clinical site refuses to allow a student to do a clinical due to a criminal background check, the student will receive a “U” in clinical and be unable to complete the nursing program.
  • Be aware that clinical agencies may require additional drug screens. If a student does not pass drug testing, the student will be dropped from the program

It is important that to understand that fulfilling the admission requirements DOES NOT guarantee the candidate acceptance into Acadia Career Institute’s Practical Nursing Program. Clinical rotations may be scheduled mornings, afternoons, nights, and on weekends. The PN program is totally residential in nature and no component is done through distance learning.



The Acadia Career Institute Practical Nursing Program is presented over a period of 48 weeks. This period is divided into four (4) 12-week quarters. A total of 610 clock hours are spent in the classroom, 162 clock hours in lab, 428 clock hours in clinical rotations and 24 clock hours in observation experiences. The student will receive a total of 1200 clock hours for this program.


Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, providing all requirements for graduation are met, the graduate will receive a diploma and will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/ Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN) developed by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The school will assist the graduate with job placement, but does not guarantee employment or a minimum starting salary.

Program Costs:

*Tuition and Fees information are available in the school office.*

School Catalog

The full Acadia Career Institute School Catalog can be picked up in the school office.