LPN schools in Cleveland area/NE Ohio?

  1. 2 Hi all! I'm an STNA in NE Ohio looking into applying to LPN school in the Cleveland area. I'm looking at Central School of Practical Nursing, Marymount School of Practical Nursing, ATS Institute, and Tri-C (though Tri-C doesn't start til next Fall, and the others start in Spring or Summer). I'd appreciate any advice on these schools from anyone who attended or knows anything about any of these programs. Thanks!
  2. Visit  filumena profile page

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  3. Visit  cjmjmom profile page
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    I attended Central many, many years ago and found it to be a great school. I have a dear friend that is a clinical instructor at ATS and her opinion about the school is it's pretty good.

    I bet these schools would welcome you to visit and sit in on a class or two. You could mingle a bit with other students and get their opinions...

    Hope this is helpful...
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  4. Visit  hiddenheart profile page
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    There are 4 schools that I can think of between Akron and Wooster, one or two even has night and weekend classes. Cleveland state is the only one I can think of up North. Medina Joint Vocational offers it I think. Check with your Vocational Schools, many of them have adult classes and some has LPN programs. If you can't find vocatoinal schools, call your local high school for info. Best of Luck.
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  5. Visit  lccougar02 profile page
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    I know Willoughby Tech is an LPN school
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  6. Visit  Katherine216 profile page
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    I'm currently a student a Central right now. I'm set graduate in October. I think that i am getting a great education here. It is very hard work though, in our 1st semester, we had about 15 people fail out of 50! Even though it is hard, it's worth it. The instructors are great. I can even get a hold of them personally on the weekends if i have a question about anything! I would recommend this school to everyone!
    Last edit by Katherine216 on Jan 9, '09 : Reason: wanted to add more.
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  7. Visit  luvnursing23 profile page
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    I myself graduated from central in april 2006, class #147. This school is the only school I recommend to people. It is a small school and you get to know the instructors very well. Also it is hard, which is the way you want it that way you remember what you were taught! I will never forget my pharm. teacher ( I dont think anyone will) Amazing school. I wish they had an RN program too, I would of applied in a heartbeat. If you have any questions about the school just ask!!
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  8. Visit  filumena profile page
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    Thanks all! This is great advice! I'm taking the NET this week at Central, and am really leaning towards them because their program starts in March (the soonest start date with no waiting list!) One question I had, how is the area that the school is in? Is it safe? I don't spend much time downtown, but I know there are good and bad parts of Cleveland. Also, any advice on how not to fail? How were clinicals? THANKS so much! I really appreciate input as this is my only source of first-hand opinions on the school!
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  9. Visit  Tiffanysmom profile page
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    Medina County Career Center itself doesn't offer it. The program is through Lorain County Career Center and if you are a Medina County resident, you can take classes at MCCC through LCCC. I am in the program and also live in Medina County. I am taking online classes this semester, because the weather has been so crappy here lately.
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  10. Visit  smyle2156 profile page
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    I just finished the Tri c program LPN, the only concern that I have with a lot of the smaller schools is if your credits will transfer to another school should you want to become an RN. If you go to tri c or anther community college, then you will have most of your pre reqs finished and you know they will transfer. Hope my 2 cents helped
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  11. Visit  swampthing25 profile page
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    Tri-C have a bridge?? If so,do they have a waiting list?? I attend ATS and want to jump right into an LPN to RN... I will be done in August,and have no interest working as an LPN... Have a great job for school as a paramedic reading telemetry and want to hold that job until I complete RN.....
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  12. Visit  RFWB profile page
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    Ok, so I see this is a sort of old thread and you may have already made a decision by now....but I had to throw in, so to speak.

    I'm also a recent grad from Central - class 152, graduating last october. I can also verify that the education was FIRST RATE. Very thorough, very relevant, and prepared me VERY WELL to enter the workforce. I passed boards with flying colors on the first try and was working two days after my license number posted - I had job offers before I was out of school based on the reputation the school has in the community.

    It's a TOUGH school - but it should be. They're training you for such awesomely important work, and it shouldn't be taken lightly. If you REALLY, seriously want to be a good nurse - go to central. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer them - I had doubts before (and sometimes even during!!!!) my time there, but after all is said and done and I've seen grads from the other schools entering the workforce with me, I'm SO happy with my choice.
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  13. Visit  RFWB profile page
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    Quote from filumena
    Thanks all! This is great advice! I'm taking the NET this week at Central, and am really leaning towards them because their program starts in March (the soonest start date with no waiting list!) One question I had, how is the area that the school is in? Is it safe? I don't spend much time downtown, but I know there are good and bad parts of Cleveland. Also, any advice on how not to fail? How were clinicals? THANKS so much! I really appreciate input as this is my only source of first-hand opinions on the school!
    Thought I could help answer some of those questions, although I'm a little late and you may have already made your decisions regarding CSPN. I'm a recent grad. I also live in the area the school is located in.

    It's as "safe" as any metropolitan area is. You're there during the day, and it's a busy area. As long as you're not walking around with $100 bills hanging from your pockets, you're probably fine. The closest we ever came to having any "incidents" were some "colorful" folks walking around the outside of the school. The staff handled security VERY well (there is a full-time security watchmen there when school is in session, watching the entrances and the parking lot). I never felt unsafe. I mean, I'm also a native New Yorker, so maybe that's why! But there's really nothing to be scared of in that area.

    Also, re: not failing.......sure fire advice. STUDY. Period. Study your butt off. Do absolutely EVERYTHING the instructors tell you to do. Simple enough. You CANNOT skip the reading. You CANNOT skip the clinical practice. You MUST study EVERY NIGHT. That pretty much sums it up. You don't have to read for hours on end - but I wouldn't advise going a night without opening a book. It sounds like a lot, but after the first few weeks, you get used to it. While i was there, it seemed like it would never end. Now, in hindsight, it seems like it just flew - a year after I started, I'm a nurse. It's kind of mind-boggling.

    Good luck in whatever you choose to do. My own personal advice though - CSPN is kind of a treasure. If you are serious about becoming a nurse and can knuckle down and do the work, you won't regret it.
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    Quote from luvnursing23
    I myself graduated from central in april 2006, class #147. This school is the only school I recommend to people. It is a small school and you get to know the instructors very well. Also it is hard, which is the way you want it that way you remember what you were taught! I will never forget my pharm. teacher ( I dont think anyone will) Amazing school. I wish they had an RN program too, I would of applied in a heartbeat. If you have any questions about the school just ask!!
    Haha!!!!! About that certain "Pharm teacher"....you're right, NO ONE will forget her!!!!!! I used to jot down the amusing things they all said up at the top of my notes during class - I have the most amzing lists of quotes EVER!!!!!! Amazing teachers....who occasionally said some truly HYSTERICAL things.

    And here's an interesting tid-bit, since you brought up the RN thing - we were told that they were in the process of trying to start an RN bridge program right there at the school that would allow current students to continue on for their RN and would allow past students to bridge in smoothly. The administration did tell us that they were hoping this would happen in the next few years - they shared it with us as a real potential option for our class (i'm the most recent graduating class, i think the next class behind us finishes this month). Who knows if and when this really will get off the ground, it was hardly announced to us officially - but keep your eyes open, you may actually get your wish.
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