Start Your Rewarding Career in Nursing

Are you passionate about helping others and looking for a fulfilling career in health care?

Lakeland Community College's Nursing-RN program prepares you to become part of a tradition of phenomenal caregivers. You'll bring critical thinking, professionalism, and knowledge to patients in need.

Students that are ready to commit their time, talent, compassion and intellect, and combine it with an outstanding Lakeland education will become a valuable and highly-sought-after member of the health care community.

Lakeland Community College's accredited Associate of Science in Nursing program can prepare you to become a registered nurse (RN) in just two years.

Fast-Track Your Future in Nursing

Our comprehensive nursing-RN program prepares you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exceptional patient care across various health care settings. Through a combination of nursing courses, clinical rotations, learning lab experiences, and simulation you'll gain a strong foundation in:

  • Direct patient care
  • Critical thinking and judgement
  • Coordination of care and Interventions
  • Patient education and Promotion of Health and Wellness

An associate degree in nursing at Lakeland typically takes about two years to complete if you attend full time. Students are then eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), a national exam, after graduation. Our program focuses on preparing graduates as competent entry level nurses that are ready for the NCLEX-RN. Lakeland nursing graduates consistently perform above-average on the exam to earn their nursing credential.

Most four-year colleges also accept credits from Lakeland's nursing program for those who decide to pursue more education after attending Lakeland.

Become a Leader in Patient Care

Our program graduates are known for their exceptional care, compassion, professionalism and dedication to patient well-being. Lakeland provides a strong foundation for a successful and rewarding career in nursing.

Explore Diverse Career Opportunities as a Registered Nurse

RNs are in high demand, with a wide range of career opportunities available. Upon graduation and passing the (NCLEX-RN), you'll be qualified to work in various health care settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Critical care units
  • Emergency rooms
  • Remove nursing jobs
  • And many more!
What Degree do you Need to Become a Nurse?

Lakeland Nursing-RN graduates can get a job as an RN directly out of college with licensure. Many nurses continue their education to earn bachelor's or graduate degrees in the field as well.

Some students set the bar high for themselves and want to move fast, so they may choose the option for dual enrollment with Ursuline College's Breen School of Nursing. With this, you'd take courses concurrently at both Lakeland and Ursuline programs, saving a lot of time and money.

Ask your admissions counselor about enrolling in the RN to BSN degree program with Ursuline College right here on campus at Lakeland's Holden University Center.

Lakeland also has affiliations with the University of Akron and Bowling Green University for BSN completion. Talk to your academic counselor about these options.

2-year vs. 4-year nursing degree salaries

Nurses can get a job with an associate or a bachelor's degree. Salary ranges vary depending on your degree level. Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for more information on nursing salaries in Ohio and in the country.

Flexible Scheduling for Busy Lives

Lakeland's Nursing-RN program offers start dates in both the fall and spring semesters. With a focus on hands-on learning and practical application, with challenging course work our program prepares you to start your nursing career upon graduation.

Why Earn Your Nursing Degree at Lakeland?

Although nursing is considered one of the best jobs without a bachelor's degree, all students are encouraged to further their education. Starting at Lakeland and then transferring to a bachelor's program can save you thousands of dollars!

  • World-class, modern learning facility – Complete with simulation and hospital style environments. Area health systems value Lakeland students because they know students are prepared with modern, high-quality, industry-grade equipment.
  • Dedicated nursing tutors – Students can seek additional help outside the classroom with on-campus professional tutors who are RNs.
  • Community service – Students can participate in community volunteer opportunities to further enhance their education. In this example, our Lakeland nursing student is in photo #12.
  • Teachers in excellence – All full-time faculty are professionally prepared at the master's degree level or above. They stand ready and dedicated to facilitate your education and guide you to become a revered health care profession in our community or any where in the world.
  • Exam-ready – Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examination which is required for licensure to practice nursing in the state of Ohio. Lakeland nursing students have consistently surpassed the national average for pass rates.
  • Financially smart – Earning a Lakeland nursing degree is accessible and affordable compared with similar programs in the area. Most students graduate with little to no debt by earning their degrees at Lakeland. Lakeland has numerous nursing scholarships available to help students achieve their educational goal.

If you're ready to join in the tradition of Lakeland nurses, make an appointment with an academic counselor at 440.525.7200 to see how you can get started.

Requirements to Become a Lakeland Nursing-RN Student

There are three ways to become an RN nursing student at Lakeland, depending on where you are on your educational journey.

Here's the breakdown of options:

  • Option 1 – You're a new high school grad or recently graduated within the last two years.
  • Option 2 – You're a current college student at Lakeland or elsewhere.
  • Option 3 – You already have an Associate of Science or bachelor's degree.
  • Option 4 – You are already a licensed practical nurse.

If you haven't already, apply to Lakeland and go through the process to be ready to register for classes.

To be considered for acceptance into the program*, complete the following courses.

  • BIOL 2210 (pass with grade "B" or higher)+
  • ENGL 1110 (pass with grade "C" or higher)
  • FYEX 1000 (pass with grade "C" or higher – note: for high school Option 1 only)
  • MATH 1330 or MATH 1550 (pass with grade "C" or higher)+
  • PSYC 1500 (pass with grade "C" or higher)

Once you complete these, you can apply to Lakeland's Nursing-RN Program to request a spot in the next cohort. Some students may have high school or other college credit that may fulfill these requirements. To see if you have prior credits that may be counted, make an appointment with an academic counselor at 440.525.7200 to map out your degree plan.

*Note: You must be formally accepted into the nursing program in order to take the nursing courses.

+ Note: No more than two attempts allowed to achieve required grade.


Approved by:
Ohio Board of Nursing
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

The Associate Degree nursing program at Lakeland Community College located in Kirtland, Ohio is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.

Ready to Take the First Step?

Apply to Lakeland now in a few easy steps!

Contact a Lakeland health counselor to learn more about our program and how it can help you achieve your career goals in nursing.

For Currently Enrolled Students

Jamie Galiardi I was able to see so many different fields related to nursing care, which really helped me to narrow down which area of nursing I want for my future career. The instructors are engaging and available to help students along the way; they make you feel valued and encouraged. Jamie Galiardi

John Barber My favorite part of Lakelands nursing program is the small class sizes, which helped me to feel comfortable and connected with everyone. I saw clinical settings that required me to utilize and strengthen my critical thinking skills which I feel will provide me with an undoubtable benefit when I am ready to enter the workforce as a registered nurse. John Barber

Janiqua Taylor During classes, clinical and simulation experiences we were given many opportunities to explore different real-life experiences that we will see in the workforce. I feel very confident in passing the NCLEX and in my ability to work as an RN. Janiqua Taylor

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