Certificate in Practical Nursing

This three-semester sequence within the Nursing Program prepares students to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) and become a Practical Nurse (PN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). LPN certification can open doors to work in many different industries and settings, including hospitals, medical and dental clinics, community centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, and armed forces.

Admission into the Nursing Program is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Engage in professional practice appropriate to the role of the Practical Nurse that is patient centered and culturally appropriate for individuals, families and communities.
  • Deliver nursing care appropriate to the role of the Practical Nurse that is evidence based across the lifespan.
  • Engage in effective and appropriate inter-professional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes in the role of the Practical Nurse.
  • Demonstrate conscience in the role of the Practical Nurse through the application of professional practical nursing standards as well as ethical and legal decision-making.
  • Use technologies for the management of information and in the delivery of patient care.

Class Requirements


NURS 120 Introduction to Nursing Concepts (3)

NURS 125 Principles of Nursing Practice (4)

NURS 140 Health & Illness Concepts I (3)

NURS 145 Health Care Participant (3)

NURS 155 Nursing Pharmacology (3)

NURS 160 Assessment and Health Promotion (4)

NURS 200 Health and Illness Concepts II (3)

NURS 205 Professional Issues in Practical Nursing (3)

NURS 225 Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions (4)