• Practical Nursing

    The Practical Nursing Program, coordinated by the Health Sciences Department, offers a certificate in Practical Nursing. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

  • The Practical Nursing Program at LaGuardia is in response to the growing need for skilled health care personnel who can provide care at the practical nursing level and are motivated to continue in the Nursing Profession. The Practical Nursing Program was approved in July 2004 by the New York State Education Department

    A forty-eight (48) credit, certificate-bearing program has been organized to be rigorous, but supportive of the adult-learners from diverse cultural and literacy experiences.The Practical Nursing Certificate Program provides students with the opportunity to complete the courses of study in ten (10) months after completing the pre-clinical core educational courses. The tenth month program admits students once per year, each Fall I semester.

    The program prepares graduates to function as practical nurses performing tasks and responsibilities within the framework of case-findings, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of supportive and restorative care in healthcare facilities that offer chronic and acute care services. 

  • The Practical Nursing Program is committed to:

    • Provide a course of study at the college level to qualify students who wish to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN);
    • Provide the practical nursing program curriculum as an academic entry point on the nursing career ladder;
    • Facilitate an articulation process that minimizes educational barriers between The Practical Nursing Program and Associate Degree in Nursing Programs.
    • Support the mission of LaGuardia to enhance recruitment and retention of students by providing an opportunity for those students who are interested in nursing to move up the nursing career ladder.
    • Enhance the applicant pool of Associate Degree Nursing Programs with well-prepared practical nursing graduates who are interested in continuing their education.

    Click here for additional information regarding Practical Nursing Certificate Costs and Outcomes (Gainful Employment).


    In support of LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.


    Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you: 

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan


    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Carole Julien, Advising Services  cjulien@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6006  B 100T 
    Delle-Ann Barrow, Advising Servicesdbarrow@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6008 B 100H

    Once enrolled to the clinical phase full time faculty will have posted office hours when they are available to meet with students. Times other than those posted may be arranged by mutual agreement. It is the student's responsibility to make and keep the appointment. If unable to keep an appointment, a cancellation call is expected.

    To be eligible for progression into the clinical phase of the practical nursing program, a student must meet the following requirements:

    • Satisfactory completion of all remediation courses per CUNY policy

    • Registered as a pre-clinical practical nursing major (Curriculum Code 431)

    • Earned at least a 2.5 grade point average in each pre-clinical key courses

    • Registered for Practical Nursing Candidacy (LPN000.4199) in the Spring Session I (for entrance in the Fall). Key courses should either be completed or will be completed by the end of this 12-week session.

    • Key Courses Cumulative GPA of 2.5 While a GPA of 2.5 in the key courses is the minimum requirement for consideration, it does not guarantee progression to clinical courses.

    • Completed Health Screening as required by clinical affiliated agencies.

    • Attend a mandatory program orientation seminar upon acceptance into the clinical phase 19

    • Beginning with the Fall 2009 semester in order to advance into nursing clinical coursework, (Application for candidacy in RN or PN Programs), students must provide documentation in one of the following categories:
      • (A).US citizenship
      • (B).Permanent residency
      • (C).International student
      • (D).Granted asylum, Refuge Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government.
        Please Note: the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status. For more information,visit: (http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html).

    When students are notified that they have earned a seat in SCL101 additional requirements must be met. The medical form including lab results and immunization dates must be submitted, as well as a current CPR (BCLS for Health Care Provider) card. Malpractice insurance must be purchased; assessment exams must be paid for and taken. The selection of candidates for the clinical phase of nursing will be determined in the Spring Semester. Students will only be automatically granted two chances to apply for candidacy.

    Current Students

    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.

    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.


    Prospective Students

    Review the Practical Nursing Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.



    Pre-Clinical Courses

    Course Number Course Name Credits
    ENG101 English Composition I*
    SSY101 General Psychology* 3
    MAT106 Mathematics of Medical Dosages*
    SCB203 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    SCB204 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    Pre-Clinical Credits 16 


    Clinical Courses
    Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Credits
    SCL101 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
    SCL102 The Science and Art of Nursing I: Introduction to Practical Nursing
    SCL103 Concepts in Pharmacology and Nutrition 
    SSY240  Development Psychology I 
      Session Credits 14
    Total Credits 30


    Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Credits
    SCL114 Parent-Child Nursing - PN

    Session Credits
    Total Credits 36 


    Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Credits
    SCL105 Mental Health Nursing - PN 3
    SCL118 The Science and Art of Nursing II: Transition Student to PN
    SCL119 Medical - Surgical Nursing - PN
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 48 


    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.