Practical Nurse (lpn)

Practical Nurse (lpn)

Maria College of Albany - Albany, NY

  • Certificate

The Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC), a program within the Department of Nursing, is a 48-credit certificate program with up to 32 transferable nursing credits to the ADN program at Maria College. 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. The Practical Nurse Certificate Program is offered through Weekend College and can be completed within six semesters by the qualified applicant. The program consists of 47-48 credits (29 nursing and 18-19 liberal arts). It is recommended that at least 13-14 liberal arts credits be completed prior to the first nursing course. Admissions priority is given to those applicants who have successfully completed the science requirement. To enter the Practical Nurse Certificate Program, the applicant must provide evidence of a completed high school program or the equivalent. Applicants who do not have previous college credit or do not meet SAT cutoff scores will be required to take a placement test to determine the appropriate level of mathematics and language arts. Those scoring below a cutoff score will be required to complete remedial course work before admittance into the program so that they will be prepared to complete the program. A complete physical examination, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (CPR) are required before they will be allowed to take clinical courses. To be admitted to the Practical Nurse Program, Human Biology and/or Anatomy and Physiology must be completed within 7 years and can be repeated only once. This includes transfer credits and withdrawal from course. The PNC courses are offered only on the weekend and consist of a sequence of four sememsters or about 15 months. The first course, PNC 101, which begins in May of each year, has lecture and lab classes during the summer Weekend College, which is generally every other weekend. 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 clincal courses and require student participation every weeekend from September through August of the next year. Lecture and lab classes are during Saturday and Sunday of Weekend College. Clinical experience is required off-site at a clinical facility during Saturday and Sunday or the opposite weekends. A grade of ā€œCā€ or better is required for all courses required in the PNC Program. Transition to Nur 240 must be within three years of graduating from the PNC Program. If out of the nursing program for more than three years, the LPN will need to take the PN-RN Transition Course. Those who wish to reenter the program after three years must start with PNC 101. 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).

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