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Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing

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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 

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. 


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 qualified 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 a provider of nursing care and a 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 state's 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.

IGH continues to uphold excellent program outcomes. Below are our current success rates.

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

IGH Graduation

The IGH Practical Nursing Certificate Program is registered by the New York State Department of Education which allows the IGH graduate eligibility to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in New York State. 

NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions.
State Education Building - 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12234

IGH is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  This ensures that every student is trained under nationally established standards for nursing education.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

State Education Code of IGH: SED # 617000