WSCC's Practical Nursing Program Opens Enrollment to High School Seniors

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MARIETTA, OH (March 30, 2017)—The Practical Nursing program at Washington State Community College (WSCC) recently announced plans to create a nursing pathway for College Credit Plus (CCP) students. The opportunity will help high school students blaze a path toward earning their certificate in Practical Nursing (PN), and upon successful completion, put them in a position to earn their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in only one additional year.  

The healthcare field, and particularly nursing, is one of the fastest growing careers in the US. As a significant portion of our workforce, the Baby Boomers, near retirement age combined with a growing population, there is a significant workforce gap in the field of nursing. WSCC is expanding its efforts to address this gap by providing early college options to exceptional high school students through CCP.

CCP, Ohio’s initiative to give 7th-12th grade students the ability to earn free college credits, presents a unique opportunity for students to get a head start on their nursing career.  To be accepted into the Practical Nursing program, high school students must meet rigorous criteria.  Among the requirements, all high school graduation requirements must be met at the conclusion of the student's junior year and the student must be 18 years old by mid-January of their senior year.  Enrollment is limited to the first 50 eligible applicants. The PN program is three semesters with classes beginning in June following students’ junior year and ending in May of their senior year. 

“CCP has proven that high school seniors can successfully be on campus full-time, and that’s really what they need to effectively complete the Practical Nursing program,” explained Alicia Warren, WSCC’s Practical Nursing Program Director.

Students who complete the Practical Nursing program and pass the NCLEX-PN exam, the national licensure test, can work as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and are eligible to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. “This sets students up to successfully earn their ADN in just one year following their high school graduation,” confirmed Warren. After passing the licensure exam, ADN students are able to work as Registered Nurses (RNs).

“Our goal is to get graduating high school seniors to have their PN certificate so they can transition into the Associate Degree Nursing program,” confirmed Warren, citing the nursing shortage that is being felt nationwide.

WSCC has one of the top performing nursing schools in Ohio. The PN program maintains a long-standing reputation for above average licensure rates with a 98.3% three-year average and a 100% job placement rate. For those students interested in advancing their nursing degree, WSCC consistently exceeds state and national averages for first-time NCLEX-RN candidates.

 “Ultimately, we want to help fulfill the local community’s nursing needs. Our nurses, both LPNs and RNs play vital roles in doctor’s offices, hospitals and retirement facilities,” Warren said.

For more information about the Practical Nursing program, contact Alicia Warren at 740.885.5698 or download the application at

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has fueled the community’s future through education. We work to make a positive impact by providing opportunities for growth. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to enrich your life, we cultivate pathways to guide you toward future growth.  Be inspired. Be WSCC. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit or call 740.374.8716.

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