Practical Nurse Certificate (LPN)

Maria College PNC graduates have an excellent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN® consistently surpassing the annual mean pass rate for New York State.

Practical Nurse Certificate (LPN)

Your first step toward a nursing career
Our Practical Nurse Certificate Program prepares you for a career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). You’ll attend class for four semesters or about 16 months*. During that time, you’ll earn 30 nursing and 16 liberal arts and sciences credits. You’ll also develop the knowledge and skills to provide direct nursing care in a variety of settings.

*Note: these are nursing classes only. A transcript review will determine if you need other prerequisites in addition to the nursing classes.  This could result in two additional terms of study (only evening options available).

Weekends
Most courses—including all those that require off-site clinical experiences—are held on weekends. The weekend program begins in the spring semester (January) and includes lecture and lab classes. Note: depending on how the prerequisites you need for the program, you may be required to take courses in the evening.

Classes and labs are scheduled every other weekend and, on alternative weekends, to fulfill your clinical requirements– spring semester (start), then summer, fall, ending in the following spring semester.

One of New York’s best
Students who complete the required course work are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Maria College PNC graduates consistently surpass the annual mean pass rate for the NCLEX-PN® in New York State. This strong performance has earned Maria a top 10 ranking in New York State from PracticalNursing.org.  Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represents how well a program supports students toward NCLEX-PN licensure and beyond.

College credit
The Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC), a program within the Maria College Department of Nursing, is a 46-credit certificate program. Maria students also receive college credits for their LPN courses (30 in Nursing, 16 in Liberal Arts and Sciences). As a result, PNC program graduates may qualify for advanced placement in AAS programs offered at Maria or other colleges—giving you a head start toward a career as an RN.

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Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can expect a bright future as the industry job growth is above average in comparison to other occupations. To learn more, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

 

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, Office of the Professions (http://www.op.nysed.gov).

  • End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

    After completion of the Practical Nurse Certificate program (LPN training) at Maria College, the graduate will be able to:

    • Demonstrate clinical competency by applying principles to meet the basic physical and psychological needs of clients through the lifespan with primary focus on activities of daily living (ADL), caring interventions, technical skills, and safety needs of clients.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of data gathering and Nursing Care Concepts of the human system, with consideration of how the environment, cultural and ethnic diversity affect client care in various environments to promote, maintain and manage health.
    • Teach basic health promotion/maintenance and self-care to an individual using a designed teaching tool to promote teaching and learning.
    • Communicate in a collaborative manner with the client, significant support persons, members of the health care team, and with community resources.
    • Incorporate critical thinking into clinical decision making when advocating care for clients, families, significant support persons or groups in a variety of environments.
    • Demonstrate professional behavior in an accountable, responsible manner within the legal scope of LPN practice, as a member of the profession of nursing.
  • Program Schedule

    The PNC courses are offered on the weekend* and consist of a sequence of four semesters (nursing classes only) or about 16 months. Begin the program with PNC 101 (includes lecture and lab classes). The remaining nursing courses (PNC 102, 103 and 104) are clinical courses and require student participation every weekend (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 alternate weekends.

    *Note: open lab hours, and other activities (advisement, special testing, review classes) are not exclusively on the weekend.

  • Course Sequence

    First Term

    Course

     

    Credits

    BIO 103

    Introduction to Human Biology*

    4

    ENG 111

    Composition I 

    3

       

    7

    Second Term

    PSY 100

    General Psychology

    3

    SOC 101

    Introduction to Sociology

    3

       

    6

    Third Term

    PNC 101

    Fundamentals of Practical Nursing I

    4

    PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3

       

    7

    Fourth Term

    PNC 102

    Fundamentals of Practical Nursing II

    8

       

    8

    Fifth Term

    PNC 103

    Fundamentals of Practical Nursing III

    8

       

    8

    Sixth Term

    PNC 104

    Fundamentals of Practical Nursing IV

    8

       

    8

    * BIO 209 or BIO 210 may be substituted

  • Application Requirements
    • High School graduate or GED with a minimum GPA: 80 (high school graduates); 2.0 GPA (transfer students)
    • A physical examination, including tuberculosis testing, required immunizations and basic life support (BLS) are required before the student will be allowed to take clinical courses.
    • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI): The TEAS VI 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. Admissions decisions will be based on space availability. For more information including registering for the exam, please visit the Testing Requirement page.
  • Graduation Requirements
    • Earn a minimum grade of “C+” in all nursing courses required in the PNC Program.  The student must pass both theoretical, lab, and clinical components of a nursing course.
    • 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.
  • Advance Placement Options

    Qualified LPN applicants may be granted advance placement into the Associate degree in Nursing program in one of three pathways:

    1. Successful completion of the Advanced Placement Review Course (NUR 195).
      Successful candidates will receive transfer credit for the first semester of nursing courses.
    2. Successful completion of the PN-RN Transition Courses (NUR 198 and 199) and 23 required liberal arts credits.
      Successful candidates will receive transfer credit for the first two semesters of nursing courses.
    3. Successful completion of the Maria College Practical Nurse Certificate program, licensure, and completion of all Associate degree program required liberal arts credits with the exception of microbiology (BIO 203). Applicants must have a minimum of six months’ work experience as a licensed practical nurse.
      Successful candidates will receive transfer credit for the first two semesters of nursing courses.

    Please note:

    • Advance Placement Nursing applicants must meet all nursing admission and program requirements.
    • A copy of the Practical Nurse license, a letter of employment verification, and a resume of work experience must be submitted at time of application.
    • Placement is dependent on seat availability and is at the discretion of the Associate degree Program Director.
  • Student Achievement Data

    Year

    NCLEX-PN® First-time Pass Rate

    Program Completion Rate

    Job Placement Rate

    2019

    100%

    2018

    93.75%

    100%

    2017

    91.7%

    70%

    91%

    2016

    93.3%

    91%

    2015

    95.2%

    49%

    2014

    100%

    2013

    97.1%

  • Articulation Agreements
    • Graduates of Nursing Assistant program at Capital District EOC with license to practice as Nursing Assistant to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with Certified Nurse Assistant to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with Home Health Aid Certificate to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with Home Health Aid Certificate to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with AAS in Human Services to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with AAS in Health Studies to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with General Education Certificate to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
    • Schenectady County Community College graduates with Nurse Aide certificate or Home Health Aide certificate to Practical Nurse Certificate program at Maria College
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