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).

Program Requirements

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: CUNY – Citizenship Now!.


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.

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 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).

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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