Prepare to care.

If you want to have a positive impact on the lives of others while building a successful future, this certificate program may be the place to start. During lectures, labs, and clinical classes, you’ll train to become a vital member of healthcare team, working under the supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse to help meet patients’ physical and psychosocial needs.

In our nursing lab, you’ll prepare for real-life caring interventions using patient simulation as you develop, practice, and implement the knowledge, technical skills, and abilities you’ll need to succeed in the field. You’ll gain clinical learning at local healthcare facilities.

The Practical Nursing Certificate Program has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Board of Regents. Once you graduate, you can sit for the national NCLEX-PN licensing exam. A course schedule can be viewed here. See policies and procedure here.

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2023-2024 Estimated Practical Nursing Program Cost

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn

  • Contribute to the identification of holistic needs in the plan of care as a member of a healthcare team.
  • Practice evidence-based decision making to establish priorities according to human needs of patients.
  • Utilize effective verbal, nonverbal, written, and computer skills while providing care for patients with holistic needs and while communicating with other healthcare providers.
  • Employ safety and health promotion practices in the ever-changing environment to maintain patients’ state of wellbeing.
  • Understand and demonstrate holistic nursing care within the limits relative to their scope of nursing practice and ethical standards.
  • Illustrate advocacy by speaking, writing, or acting in support of the patent’s needs.
  • Employ delegation techniques within the scope of practice in providing holistic care.

Possible careers

  • Behavioral health services
  • Freestanding surgical centers
  • Home health and hospice agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • State and federal corrections facilities
  • Urgent care facilities

Program Information

  • A 10-panel urine drug test must be obtained by you (the student) and submitted separately to the nursing program.
  • Drug testing must be submitted by August 1st.
  • Hand deliver or email the results to the Nursing Program Academic Specialist, Ms. Stephanie Tracy, at
  • These results will NOT be uploaded to your CastleBranch (CB) account.
  • If your drug test is positive due to prescriptive medications, it is YOUR responsibility to work with your healthcare provider to convert a positive drug test to a negative drug test based upon prescriptive medications.
  • You will be removed from the program if the drug screen is positive in the absence of an authorized prescription by a medical provider.
  • You understand that at the discretion of the director of the nursing program and/or nursing faculty, a repeat 10-panel urine drug test can be required.Failure to submit a requested drug test will result in immediate removal from the nursing program.
  • You are responsible for all costs associated with drug testing.

Health and immunizations requirements are not a stipulation for entrance to Belmont College (the “College”).  However, students seeking entrance to any of the College’s healthcare programs are subject to health and immunization requirements as a direct result of the demands of the healthcare facilities utilized by the programs to achieve student learning outcomes.  Those students who are choosing to enter a healthcare profession must sincerely reflect on the personal healthcare requirements that they may face as a student and later as a professional.

Healthcare facilities are requiring College students to demonstrate proof of compliance with their health and immunization requirements prior to entrance into the facility for clinical experiences.  Entrance to any healthcare facility by College students is a privilege which can be revoked due to non-compliance with the signed clinical contract which outlines their health and immunization requirements.

The College’s healthcare programs generally require clinical experiences at a wide range of facilities, so choosing not to participate at facilities where vaccines are required limits a student’s ability to achieve the skills required by the program’s learning outcomes and may lead to failure to complete the program.

Many facilities with health and immunization requirements have provisions for exemptions based upon religion or specific medical considerations. Students who receive vaccine exemptions from a clinical facility must follow the facility’s policies pertaining to these exemptions. All exemptions are subject to review and may be rescinded based upon new healthcare guidelines. Any student who receives a vaccine exemption from a clinical facility must follow the facility’s policies pertaining to the exemption and assumes the cost of any additional requirements set by the facility for those who are not vaccinated, including, but not limited to, mask fit testing or additional disease testing. Students must provide a copy of the approved exemption to the College through their healthcare program.

Some clinical facilities are requiring the College to determine exemptions based on religion or specific medical conditions. All exemptions processed by the College will be determined by the individual healthcare program and must also be accepted by the healthcare facility. A student seeking an exemption from the College must submit the required paperwork. All exemptions processed by the College will be valid for the length of the current academic year, unless specified differently by a healthcare facility’s exemption policy. A student must reapply for an exemption each academic year or upon reinstatement or change of program. All exemptions are subject to review and may be rescinded based upon new healthcare guidelines. Any student who receives a vaccine exemption from the College must follow any healthcare facility’s policies pertaining to the exemption and assumes the cost of any additional requirements set by any facility for those who are not vaccinated, including, but not limited to, mask fit testing or additional disease testing.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek exemptions in a timely manner that will not delay his/her scheduled entrance to their assigned healthcare facility. Any absence due to the exemption review process not being completed by the time of planned entry to the healthcare facility is at the fault of the student. These absences will not be excused and will be made up only as permitted and outlined by the healthcare program. Students are to obtain the necessary paperwork from their healthcare program. All completed paperwork is to be returned to the healthcare program in a timely fashion.

The College cannot guarantee the availability of an exemption at any healthcare facility.  The decision denying an exemption by the College is final and cannot be petitioned.  However, a student may reapply for a previously denied exemption based on new and additional information. Refusing to comply with the health and immunization requirements and policies of a healthcare facility may result in failure to meet the requirements of the academic program. Such a choice is at the student’s own personal risk and could prevent the student from successful completion of the academic program. The College is not responsible for providing alternative clinical sites due to a student’s exemption status. The College is not responsible for any illnesses or healthcare expenses acquired by the student in relation to their clinical experiences.

ncoming nursing students will need to order their uniforms from Studio Scrubs in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Students need to go to the store to size and order uniforms, lab jacket, and shoes.  The cost for these items will be billed to the College who will post your individual charges to your student account. The cost for ONLY UNIFORMS, LAB JACKETS, AND SHOES can be posted to your student account.  Once the uniforms and shoes are ordered the student assumes full financial responsibility, even if the student does not enter the nursing program.

Due to the embroidery of the College’s logo on the tops and lab coats, all uniforms must be ordered ONLY through Studio Scrubs.

Clinical sites require nursing students to be clearly identified.

Students must purchase two tops, two pairs of pants, and one lab coat. These will be worn during campus labs and clinical settings. Should the student have navy pants from  the STNA program, those pants may be worn if the fabric and color matches the top.

It is recommended that students only purchase uniforms at this time as there is a lab kit that will be purchased when you order your books.  This kit contains several items such as scissors, stethoscope, etc.

Please consider the sizing of the uniform to allow for adequate body movements.

Orders should be placed as soon as possible to ensure delivery of the uniform for the start of the fall semester which is August 21, 2023.  The deadline to size uniforms at Studio Scrubs is June 19, 2023.

Uniforms can take six to eight weeks to come in, so please take this into consideration when placing an order (Studio Scrubs sends the uniform to another vendor to be embroidered). Students cannot attend clinical experience without the proper uniform.  Plan to be in the clinical experience as soon as the first week of the semester.  All clinical absences must be made up and the student will be charged an extra fee for that experience.

Uniforms are be picked up at the store by the student.

Contact information for Studio Scrubs:

Studio Scrubs, LLC
8 Elm Grove Crossing Plaza
Wheeling, WV  26003
Phone: 304.905.0221
Fax: 304.905.0275


Karolyn Fox, MSN, RN, CCRN
Director of Nursing