Who We Are

ACENSealThe Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing (IGH) was founded in 1964 as a one year practical nursing program, associated with Rochester General Hospital. The school is named in honor of an outstanding benefactress of the hospital.


IGH was housed within the original Westside Division of Rochester City Hospital and moved in 1966 to the Northside Division of the Rochester City Hospital, now known as Rochester General Hospital. The school is currently located within the new, state of the art facility at the Rochester Regional Health Learning Center, 1630 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621

IGH mission

The philosophy of IGH reflects the mission of Rochester Regional Health, to provide an evidence-based educational program that would enable a nursing professional to begin to practice in an ever-changing health care community.

IGH vision

Lead the evolution of health care education to enable graduates to practice nursing excellence, develop a professional identity and to become life-long learners.

2015 IGH Framework

Philosophy of the IGH School of Practical Nursing

The Isabella Graham Hart (IGH) Program believes that practical nursing practice is grounded in the biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual sciences practiced under the supervision of a registered nurse or other qualifies health care professionals. Nursing is devoted to promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of individuals and families, as well as promoting a peaceful, dignified death. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) care for diverse individuals and families across the lifespan in a variety of inpatient and community-based settings by providing safe, culturally sensitive, individualized, patient/relationship centered care.

Professional values guide interactions with individuals, families, and the health care team. LPNs demonstrate professional behaviors by exhibiting accountability for their actions, meeting the health care needs of patients, and assuming legal responsibility for the care they provide. LPNs demonstrate professional identity by upholding their commitment to the public and by adhering to an established code of ethics.

The major roles of the LPN include provider of nursing care and member of the nursing profession. As providers of care, LPNs contribute to the promotion of wellness, use nursing judgment in the identification of current and emerging patient problems and function as advocates for individuals and families. In addition, LPNs demonstrate leadership by guiding and directing other LPNs and unlicensed assistive personnel to provide safe, quality patient care within their states scope of practice. They provide selected patient education using established protocols and reinforce education provided by other members of the health care team to achieve positive clinical outcomes.

IGH believes that students that graduate from this program must be ready to practice in a complex and changing clinical environment. To assure that students are ready for their role as an LPN, IGH measures eight student learning outcomes with identified competencies by which the student must successfully complete to demonstrate proficiency in their role as a graduate of IGH.

We are proud of our success rate at IGH.

  • NCLEX-PN Pass rates: 87.72% (2nd quarter 2017)
  • Program Completion rates: IGH average: 95% (2016)
  • Job Placement rates 0-6 months after program completion: 93.3% (2016)


Isabella Graham Hart School of Nursing is in the Rochester Business Journal 2016 List of Top 100 Workforce Training programs.