Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Nursing Department

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) offers the Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate, the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, and the LPN to RN nursing degree programs. Students Schools Scholarships

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Columbus State Community College (CSCC), a public institution, was founded in 1963. 

Registered Nurse (RN) Associate Degree (AAS)

Columbus State Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree (ADN) giving students the opportunity to practice as nursing students providing care to clients within the community.

There are five semesters within the program that consist of a curriculum based on nursing, humanities and sciences with a focus on psychomotor skills. Clinical practice for students will be done in a wide variety of practice settings.

After completion of the ADN program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam and be licensed in their state.

Traditional Nursing

Students who like the classroom lecture type of setting will benefit from the Traditional Nursing program.

For the traditional track, the lecture and seminar activities take place on campus in the classroom. The lecture is provided in a large group format, whereas the seminars are in smaller groups. There are also other opportunities to practice in the laboratory to learn concepts and skills. Then, there are clinical opportunities to work collaboratively throughout any of the central Ohio medical facilities.

Blended Nursing

The blended program is designed for the more modern type of student who desires a combination of in-class and online course work. The program will include both online courses and hands-on experiences. The student must attend clinical and/or lab for 1 or 2 days per week depending on the number or credit hours per semester and the class/clinical arrangements. (Central Ohio area only)

There are two parts for instruction for each of the course. They consist of the theory portion of the course, which is delivered 100% online and includes: online lectures, videos, discussion groups and other learning activities. The clinical and campus lab will be taught in the skills lab at Columbus State Community College or a clinical site in the Central Ohio area.

The online student is held to the same standards as a traditional student, but will participate online interactively, rather than a large group or seminar. Those who want to do this type of learning have to be highly motivated and organized.


Columbus State Community College offers an LPN to RN program, allowing the working LPN to obtain his/her RN license.

LPNs have the same track as the traditional RN students though the LPNs take a Summer intensive bridge course and may already have credit for some courses. There are Prior Learning "N" Credits for up to three courses for LPNs who qualify.

LPNs must apply to Columbus State Community College and complete all prerequisites before applying to the program. LPNs must be licensed in Ohio.

Application for the Traditional Track (RN), Blended Track and LPN to RN Track (not all inclusive)

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • GPA 2.6 or above or ACT composite score 18 or above
  • NURC 1001 Class with grade of "C" or better within the last 5 years, or N Credit for State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) Card issued within the last five years
  • HESI A2 with a score of 75
  • Requirements for health, fingerprinting, drug screening, essential duties and CPR

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Certificate

The Practical Nursing Program offers two programs; a full-time day and evening certificate program. The full time program is four semesters in length.

Students who successfully complete the practical nursing program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Frequently Asked Questions

I was wondering if there is a waiting list for the PN program?

No. There is not a waiting list for the Practical Nursing program.

What GPA do I need if I do the PN program?

Applicants must have a 2.60 GPA for acceptance into the PN program.

2019 NCLEX Pass Rates

  • ADN - 91.85%
  • LPN - 100%

Accreditation and Approval

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Columbus State Community College is accredited by the  Higher Learning Commission.

The Ohio Board of Nursing approved the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs.

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