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    Page Title| Administration   Practical Nursing

    A program offered by Ocean County Vocational Technical School and approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the New Jersey Department of Education.

    Phone: (732) 473-3100 x 3145
    Email: lpnursing@mail.ocvts.org

    PN Student Handbook
    PN Admissions Application

    Financial Aid is available

    The OCVTS Practical Nursing program was formed in 1959. The program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to take the New Jersey Board of Nursing Examination for qualification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). The Practical Nursing Program has a competitive admission process. Class sizes are limited and the application process may take up to one year to complete. The course is 10 Months in length, excluding holidays and weekends. Forty percent of the time is devoted to classroom theory and laboratory. The remaining time is devoted to clinical experience.

    Classes Begin in September
    with June Graduation

    Class Hours are 8:30AM - 2:30PM
    Clinical Hours are 7:30AM - 1:30PM
    (Clinical hours may vary depending upon specialty)


    This program consists of lecture and clinical experiences to educate students to care for acute, sub-acute, chronically ill and convalescent patients. It is regulated by the State Board of Nursing and prepares students for the state licensing examination. Classroom theory and clinical experience are equitable in the number of hours required in the course. Students who successfully complete the program and pass the state licensing examination can find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, industry, clinics, private homes and public and federal health agencies. Curriculum includes the study of anatomy and physiology, nutrition and diet therapy, pharmacology, medical/surgical nursing, geriatrics, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, interpersonal relationship in nursing, maintaining records and independent study. A placement test is required for all applicants entering this challenging program. Personal transportation is required. A Tech Prep agreement with Ocean County College provides students with an opportunity to earn advanced college credit upon successful completion of this program.

    A practical nurse is trained to care for acute, subacute, convalescent and chronically ill patients under the direction of a licensed physician or registered professional nurse.


    Public recognition of the need for more practitioners in health and medical care has increased employment opportunities for medical professionals. Licensed practical nurses may find employment in hospitals, industry, private homes, nursing homes, clinics, and public and federal health agencies.

    A CAREER IN CARING Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients. -www.bls.gov 9/9/2019

    Clinical Experience

    Clinical experience is a vital part of the program. Agreements are developed between the cooperating facilities and OCVTS to provide students opportunities to gain experience in hospitals and other health care facilities.

    Clinical Affiliates:

    • CentraState Medical Center
    • Children’s Specialized Hospital of Toms River
    • Crystal Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation
    • Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River
    • Goddard Schools
    • Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing and Rehab at Brick
    • Hampton Ridge Healthcare and Rehabilitation
    • Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
    • Hackensack Meridian Sub-Acute Rehabilitation at Wall
    • Ocean County Health Department
    • Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center
    • Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.
    • Ocean Medical Center
    • Shorrock Gardens Care Center
    • RJW Barnabas Behavioral Health
    • Southern Ocean Center – Genesis HealthCare
    • Southern Ocean Medical Center
    • Trenton State Psychiatric Hospital

    Diplomas and Licensing
    Graduates will be awarded an Ocean County Vocational Technical School diploma by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Board of Education. Students are then eligible to take the state licensing examination. Licensed practical nurses are qualified for employment in any New Jersey hospital or other institution providing nursing care.

    Entrance Requirements

    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have satisfactorily completed four years at an accredited high school or obtained high school completion status. A high school transcript must be submitted with the application.

    • Application submitted with fee

    • Written essay

    • Pre-nursing seminar

    • Online pre-admission test
      (fee paid directly to testing company at time of online testing registration with debit/credit card)

    • Criminal background check

    • Negative drug screening

    When a file is completed with all of the above, the admissions team will evaluate the candidate.

    Applicants accepted must have a satisfactory health record as evidenced by a physical examination which includes lab tests and immunizations.

    2018 OCVTS nursing graduates attained a 90.16% pass rate for the New Jersey Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN), surpassing both the state average of 81.18% and the national average pass rate of 85.91%. OCVTS graduates boasted the highest pass rate in the state of New Jersey for vocational nursing programs.

    Note: All photographs used in this brochure depict OCVTS nursing students. As per the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations, patient privacy was preserved.

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