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Rochester General College of Health Careers

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Practical Nursing Program

The 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 

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. 

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. 

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Program Outcomes

The Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing (IGHSPN) continues to uphold excellent program outcomes Our current success rates are:

  • NCLEX-PN Pass Rates: 85.3% (2019)
  • Program Completion Rates: 94% (2019)
  • Job Placement Rates (0-6 months after program completion): 80% (2019)


The requirements for admission are:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) in an official format. Transcripts or GED must be in a sealed envelope from the granting institution or school district
  • Obtain a score of Basic or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) entrance assessment
  • Essay (included in the application) - in 500 words or more, tell us why you want to be a nurse.
    • Why are you choosing nursing as a career?
    • How will IGH help you achieve your goals?
    • What life experiences have brought you to this decision?
  • Two current references. Please use the reference form to submit yours. 

Financial Aid

For financial aid information, please call: (585) 974-5500 or email: [email protected].

Reference Form

Please have your references fill out the Rochester General College of Health Careers Reference Form and return it to the RGCOHC Campus.

Practical Nursing Course Catalog

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Virtual Open House

Learn more about our Licensed Practical Nurse training program, meet the faculty, hear from current students, and take a tour of our state-of-the-art school. Informational sessions include financial aid, career counseling, and assistance with prerequisite class registration.

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Our private and modern facility was designed for the sole purpose of training students enrolled in health career related programs. 

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Your Future in Nursing Just Got Closer

If you are ready to take the first step toward nursing success, apply to the Isabella Graham Hart School, today. Our program will provide the foundation for a successful career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 
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