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 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).
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 opposite 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). In 2018, Maria’s pass rate for first time test takers was 93.75%. Maria graduates consistently surpass their peers in other New York LPN programs. 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.
The Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC), a program within the Maria College Department of Nursing, is a 44-credit certificate program. Maria students also receive college credits for their LPN courses (28 in Nursing, 16 in Liberal Arts and Sciences). As a result, LPN 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.