Practical Nursing (LPN), Certificate

Room: E-Building, E-300/C-252

Phone: (718) 482-5774


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).

NCLEX-PN pass rates

Year NCLEX-PN Pass Rate
2021 100%
2022 100%
2023 100%
Three-Year Average 100%

Job placement rates

Year Currently working or enrolled in an RN program
2021 70%
2022 100%
2023 100%

Program completion rates

Year Program Completion Rates
2021 65%
2022 46%
2023 61%

PN Program Educational Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply Nursing Process to care of adults (pediatrics in SCL 114, Parent-Child Nursing-PN) consistently modifying care based on evaluation of expected outcomes.
  2. Develop/Demonstrate increasing knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with professional practice in providing care for adult/pediatric patients.
  3. Develop/Demonstrate Critical Thinking Skills to provide safe and effective care to the adult patient.
  4. Develop/Demonstrate effective communication skills when interactions with patients, families and members of the interprofessional teams.
  5. Incorporate care that addresses the cultural, ethnic, spiritual and social diversity of the adult/pediatric patient.
  6. Integrate knowledge of legal, ethical and professional standards in the delivery of nursing care.
  7. Promote health; prevent illness by incorporating patient education into the care of patients, families and communities, we serve.
  8. Demonstrate increasing skill in the care of adult/pediatric patients using Translation of Research, EBP and Informational Technology.
  9. Demonstrate an attitude that is consistent with role development, increasing professionalism, and a commitment to life-long learning.
  10. Use reflection to develop skills of self-awareness and self-monitoring to improve practice in | providing patient-centered care.

Program Requirements

Candidacy & TEAS Update

Spring 2024 Nursing Program ATI TEAS Deadline, June 4th 2024

Candidacy Application

As of Spring 2021 the process for applying for Candidacy has changed. You are required to request the Candidacy Form by emailing The Candidacy Form will then be sent to your LaGuardia Live email for you to complete and submit. We no longer send or receive the Candidacy Form as an attachment.

Change of Major

As of Fall 2021 the Change of Major process has changed. You are required to request Change of Major Form by emailing The Change of Major Form will then be sent to your LaGuardia Live email with a unique Link for you to complete and submit. We no longer send or accept the form as an attachment.

ATI Remote Proctoring – The exam will be conducted remotely, please review the instructions.

As of Spring 2020 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 to the Office of the Registrar (C107):

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • International student with F-1 status
  • Asylee
  • Refugee
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Individuals paroled into the United States whose parole has not expired
  • Persons residing in the U.S. pursuant to an Order of Supervision
  • Persons granted a stay of deportation/removal
  • Persons granted an indefinite voluntary departure
  • Persons on whose behalf an immediate relative petition has been approved
  • Persons who have filed an application for adjustment of status to permanent resident
  • Persons granted Deferred Action Status
  • Persons who entered and have continuously residency in the U.S. before 01/01/1972
  • Persons granted suspension of deportation or cancellation of removal
  • Cuban/Haitian entrants 16.Persons with a pending application for asylum, withholding of removal or deportation, protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), cancellation of removal, or TPS
  • Persons in T or U non-immigrant status
  • Self-petitioner under the Violence Against Women Act 19.Other persons living in the U.S. who are not
    unlawfully present

*CUNY has added several additional categories of student status for entry into the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Please contact the Registrar for a complete list.

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, please visit

There is a deadline to apply for License Practical Nursing Candidacy every Spring I [12 week] session. It is the student’s responsibility to check the Academic Calendar for this date. Students can only register for LPN Candidacy (LPN000) by emailing the Health Sciences Department at Change of major does not automatically place you into Candidacy.

Are You Interested In...

  • Working with people with multiple medical needs?
  • Medical/hospital environments?
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals?
  • Working flexible shifts?

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.

Career Possibilities

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.

  • Long Term Care Nurse
  • Physician Office Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Occupational Health Nurse

Transfer Possibilities

The Licensed Practical Nurse program is a 10-month certificate program. Students who obtain their LPN license can return to LaGuardia and apply for the LPN to RN Advanced Standing Pathway to earn an associate’s degree in Registered Nursing.

Additional Resources

LPN Student Handbook

Degree Requirements

Courses Credits
Pre-Clinical Courses
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
Clinical Courses
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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