About the School of Practical Nursing
The Akron School of Practical Nursing (ASPN) program is designed to prepare adult learners for a professional career as a licensed practical nurse. The ASPN program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing with a status of Full Approval for 5 years (the highest approval the OBN will honor) and has a 6 year accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE) http://www.council.org/. For more information about national and program accreditation, please contact the school. ASPN is one of the most affordable practical nursing programs within Northeast Ohio - costing under $14,000. ASPN students consistently succeed in passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) with scores well above the state and national levels. ASPN has relationships with Akron’s leading health care facilities, opening doors for students to complete clinical training requirements in some of the region’s top health care facilities. The ASPN program prepares students to enter the workforce in as little as 10 months with a new class beginning each August and each January. The ASPN has successfully graduated over 5,000 students.
History of the School of Practical Nursing
In 1951, Worth Howard, executive director of Akron City Hospital, was very conscious of the need for more nurses. He approached the Akron Board of Education about the possibility of meeting the need through vocational education. The program, which was the seventh in the state of Ohio, opened in September 1951 and was approved by the National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Services Inc. It was operated by the Akron Board of Education and with the cooperation of the Akron hospitals. In 1956, the school received approval from the Ohio State Board of Nursing Education and Registration and, in 1976, was accredited by the National League for Nursing. The school was initially located in the Leggett Elementary School building. The school moved to Margaret Park Elementary School, then back to expanded facilities in the Leggett Elementary School building in 1967. There were 27 students in the first class. In 2009, the Akron School of Practical Nursing was moved into the Erie Island building off Copley Road. To date, the Akron School of Practical Nursing graduated more than 5,000 practical nurses. The passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) remains between 92-100%, and the demand for graduates continues to be very high in the health-care community.
For more information on accreditation:
Council on Occupational Education