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

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.

Nursing Programs – ATI TEAS
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 Pracctical 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 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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