Practical Nurse (LPN Training)

APPLY NOW:  Job Market is Bright for LPNs

Practical nurses (PNs) are important members of the healthcare team and can be found anywhere healthcare is delivered - in hospitals, nursing homes and other exciting healthcare settings.

Now is a great time to pursue a pathway into the healthcare field with Maria College.  Maria’s LPN program will take only four terms to complete.  Start in January 2016 and graduate in May 2017!   You will be prepared to take the NYS LPN licensure exam and start working in less than two years. 

Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.  This is due to an aging baby-boom population, growing rates of chronic conditions, increased demand for outpatient care centers and a large number of LPNs expecting to retire. Click here for more information.

EXCELLENT OUTCOMES

We're proud that Maria PNC graduates enjoy a near-perfect pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). Their scores have been consistently higher than the average pass rate in New York State.  Click here to see pass rates.

COLLEGE CREDIT

Unlike other PN programs, students at Maria College receive college credit for their courses. Upon completion of the PNC program and required prerequisite courses, students may be eligible for admission for advanced placement into our, or other, AD programs.

The Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC), a program within the Maria College Department of Nursing, is a 48-credit certificate program.  Upon successful completion of the required coursework, students are eligible to sit for the New York State National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Passing the licensure exam will make the graduate eligible for LPN positions in the health field.

GET STARTED

You may apply online to the PNC program by clicking here or contact Admissions with questions or enrollment information:
Phone: 518.861.2517
Email: admissions@mariacollege.edu

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The PNC courses are offered on the weekend* and consist of a sequence of four semesters or about 15 months. You will begin the program with PNC 101 in January 2016.  This will include lecture and lab classes. The college success seminar for PNC (PRD 103) must be taken concurrently with PNC 101.  The remaining nursing courses (PNC 102, 103 and 104) are clinical courses and require student participation every weekend from May through April of the next year (varies year to year, so please check the college's academic calendar).  Lecture and lab classes are during Saturday and Sunday of the "Weekend College".  Clinical experience is required off-site at a clinical facility during Saturday and Sunday of the opposite weekends.  *Note: open lab hours, and other activities (advisement, special testing, review classes) are not exclusively on the weekend

The PNC program is offered in two tracks:

Track One
Track One allows a student to complete the Certificate on a part-time basis during the weekend in 47 credits. Of those, 22 to 25 will transfer to the ADN Program at Maria College (15 Nursing and 9-12 Liberal Arts). This track is designed for the student whose interest is to begin working as an LPN after completing the Certificate.

Track Two

Track Two allows a student to complete the Certificate on a part-time basis during the weekend in 48 credits. Of those, 32 will transfer to the ADN Program at Maria College (15 Nursing and 17 Liberal Arts).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • High School graduate or GED with a minimum GPA: 80 (high school graduates); 2.5 GPA (transfer students)
  • Physical examination, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (CPR) are required prior to enrolling in the required PN clinical courses.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V):  The TEAS V is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.  Applicants will be admitted on the basis of meeting the minimum requirements for entry and their TEAS test scores.  Applicants scoring below the desired TEAS test score may consider enrolling as a Maria College General Studies Student (GSN). Upon completion of remedial course work, the student may retest. Admissions decisions will be based on space availability.  For more information including registering for the exam, please visit the Testing Requirement page

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required in the PNC Program. (A grade of “C-” is not adequate to meet the minimum requirement of “C”). The student must pass both theoretical and clinical components of a nursing course, or the course must be repeated in its entirety.
  • Each state and/or profession has procedures for certification and licensure including, among others, consideration of felony convictions, pending criminal charges and professional misconduct. As a result, completion of a program does not guarantee licensure or certification.

FORMER MARIA PNC ENROLLEES: RE-ADMISSION INFORMATION

Failure to successfully complete course work that is required by the nursing program results in dismissal from the program. A student may repeat a nursing course only once. Re-admission to the PNC Program is not automatic, and is at the discretion of the Nursing Chairperson and faculty, and may depend upon space availability. Re-admission to the nursing program beyond PNC 101 will require a written, dosage and skills examination. The student must be successful in all three examinations.

Transition to course, Nur 240, must be within two years of graduating from the PNC Program. If out of the nursing program for more than two years, the LPN will need to take the PN-RN Transition Course. Those who wish to re-enter the program after two years must start with PNC 101. Any student who is unsuccessful in the PNC program will not be considered for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.

MARIA NURSING EDUCATION OPTIONS

Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)
This program prepares graduates for RN licensure.  Up to 32 PNC nursing credits can be transferred to the Maria ADN program. Click here for more information on AAS Nursing Program.

BSN Degree Completion Program
The Maria College Bachelor of Science is Nursing (BSN) degree completion program is designed for graduates of the accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing who also hold a New York State unrestricted RN license, to complete the last two years of a four year bachelor's degree in nursing. Click here for more information on our BSN Degree Completion Program


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