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).
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.
What makes this major unique?
The LPN is a certificate/non degree pathway which takes 10 months to complete once the pre-requisite courses have been completed (shorter duration than to be an RN). LPNs work primarily in long term care settings as opposed to hospital settings, supervised by an RN, NP, physician, or midwife. The LPN is not allowed to assess patients, but can collect data and report that data to the RN.
LPNs are vital members of health care teams but do not have the same level of responsibility. Students who wish to advance in the nursing field will need to pursue additional education.
The LPN program is a certificate program — students do not earn an associate’s degree. Students who earn their LPN license can return to LaGuardia to complete the RN portion of their training through the LPN to RN Advanced Standing Pathway (Bridge program).
|ENG101 English Composition I*||3|
|SSY101 General Psychology*||3|
|MAT106 Mathematics of Medical Dosages*||2|
|SCB203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|SCB204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|SCL101 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing||6|
|SCL103 Concepts in Pharmacology & Nutrition||3|
|SCL105 Mental Health Nursing – PN||3|
|SCL114 Parent-Child Nursing – PN||6|
|SCL120 Transition to Practical Nursing||2|
|SCL119 Medical-Surgical Nursing – PN||9|
|SSY240 Developmental Psychology I||3|
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