Barb Dawson, coordinator
330 873-3355

Important News:
Akron School of Practical Nursing will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2018 class soon. On July 1, 2018 there will be a Change of Control from Akron Public Schools to Stark State College. Fall classes will be offered at Stark State College in Akron, located at 755 White Pond Drive.

The Practical Nursing program is one of the most affordable in Northeast Ohio at less than $10,000. Our students consistently succeed in passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) with scores well above the state and national levels.

What's more, 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 Practical Nursing program prepares students to enter the workforce in as little as 10 months. Since 1951, ASPN has successfully graduated more than 6,000 students.

History of success

  • 100% pass rate on Ohio NCLEX for the last six graduating classes
  • 100% job placement in long-term care, rehab, home care, correctional facilities, doctors' offices, schools and more
  • Full, five-year approval through the Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Full, six-year accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education


Our curriculum is designed to guide the student from simple to complex information. Students learn in the classroom and practice lab prior to performing care on patients in a clinical setting. Students are taught by registered nurses with many years of nursing experience.

Curriculum Plan


Applications are accepted during open enrollment periods in spring and fall.

Financial Aid 

Federal Student Aid  (Title IV) is available for Practical Nursing students.  The Financial Aid Administrator will notify students of their eligibility after they have completed the FAFSA requirements.

Financial aid information (PDF) 

Financial aid instructions and links


The Practical Nursing training program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing with a status of Full Approval for five years (the highest approval the OBN will honor) and has a six-year accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE)  For more information about national and program accreditation, please contact the school. 

Clinical affiliations

Akron School of Practical Nursing has created many affiliations and partnerships with healthcare facilities in the Akron/Cleveland area.

Students complete their clinical hours at healthcare facilities that offer them a wide variety of experiences.  These experiences allow the them to expand their skills and identify clinical settings that they may be interested in working after graduation.

Current partnerships include:

  • Akron Children's Hospital
  • Canal Pointe
  • Copley Health Center
  • Hickory Ridge
  • Rockynol Retirement Community
  • Salem Community Hospital
  • The Village of St. Edwards
  • Veterans Administration
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