The Northern Career Institute began as the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing in September 1962. Our original charter was to “educate those interested in becoming practical nurses, and to help relieve the nursing shortage”. The program has grown and developed to accommodate society growth and advancement of technology. There have been over 80 graduating classes since our beginning in 1962.
In addition to the adult program, in 1964, the Willoughby-Eastlake School City School District offered a high school practical nursing program at the request of the Board of Education. This program was offered through the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing and assisted the growing community to meet the need for health care providers.
The LPN program is nine (9) months in length. The first semester is basic nursing theory and the introduction to patient care with hands-on experience. The second semester is devoted to hospital and patient experience, the instruction in medical-surgical nursing and advanced specialty areas. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Examination to be licensed as a Practical Nurse.
Our nursing students find employment in a variety of health care settings such as Long Term Care Facilities, Rehabilitation Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, Physician Offices, and Home Health Care.
In the fall of 2015, we made the decision to expand our school with new program offerings including Medical Assisting and Medical Billing and Coding. At the same time we announced a new name, the Northern Career Institute, to reflect the changes being made at our school.