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Practical Nursing One-Year Career Program

The Practical Nursing Certificate curriculum prepares the graduate to assume responsibilities of patient care in hospitals and similar facilities within the scope of the defined functions of the practical nurse.  One Practical Nursing class is admitted to the College each year in the fall.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, applications must be received in the Nursing Office no later than February 28 if you wish to be considered for the fall program. Please contact the Nursing Office or the Admissions Office for complete application requirements. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive and not all applicants can be selected.

Completion of the program and recommendation by the Program Director entitles the graduate to be considered for admission to the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEXPN). A passing score on the examination results in qualifying for licensure as a practical nurse. Licensure is determined by the Board of Nursing.

Practical Nursing is designed as a career ladder program. The first year of the associate degree and the first year of the practical nursing programs are identical. Students interested in the Associate Degree Nursing Program should refer to the Nursing Program.

This is a career program and is designed to enable students to seek employment at the program's completion. If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, please check with your advisor and the Student Success Center as soon as possible.

Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for a Certificate in Practical Nursing.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-2254, (410) 585-1900, 1-888-202-9861. Graduates of the program receive a certificate and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as Licensed Practical Nurses.


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