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 DepartmentA 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
The Practical Nursing Program is committed to:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Review the Practical Nursing Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
*Indicates a key course for candidacy
Clinical CoursesFall I
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.