Program Learning Outcomes
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Hegis Code: 5209.20
Curriculum Code: NUPN-CERT

     The Practical Nursing certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry into practice as well as provide opportunities for students seeking admission into Advanced Placement LPN-RN programs. Upon award of the Practical Nursing certificate, graduates are qualified to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-LPN).**

     The Practical Nursing Certificate program is registered by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326: (404) 975-5000, Fax: (404) 975-5020.

Program Prerequisites

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     Prospective nursing students are strongly advised to attend a nursing information seminar. For further information contact the campus Office of Admissions. All Associate Degree RN program (Day, Evening and LPN-RN Advanced Placement) applicants* are required to take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) and achieve a minimum of Proficient Level on the ATI Academic Preparedness Category in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Applicants must complete the application for admission and all prerequisite courses by the application deadline. The Office of Central Admissions must receive the TEAS V score report by the supporting documentation deadline. Within the year prior to the supporting documents deadline, applicants may only take the TEAS V twice, and must register and pay all fees each time. The results of the second attempt would then be used for admission consideration. Further information including dates and locations for TEAS V testing at the College is posted on Suffolk County Community College School of Nursing website and on the ATI website The nursing program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The College reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.

* Current high school students applying for admission to the Associate Degree Day program are exempt from taking the TEAS V test but must meet all other minimum requirements, as specified below.

Current High School Students Completion of High School Biology Class
Applying for Admission Consideration into the Practical Nurse Certificate Day Program (Eastern Campus) Completion of High School Chemistry Class with Lab
Completion of two (2) units of High School Math Classes
College Placement Test (CPT) scores at MAT007 and ENG 101 level
High School Diploma or High School Equivalency
Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission Consideration into the Practical Nurse Certificate Day Program (Eastern Campus) The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the application deadline: ENG101, PSY101, and BIO 105. These courses may be retaken only once to achieve a higher grade. The second grade will be used for admission consideration. BIO130 and BIO132* may be substituted for BIO 105. In addition, a minimum grade of a C must be earned for BIO 105, or BIO 130 and BIO 132 and must have been completed within ten (10) years prior to submitting the application for admission.

Applicants may submit a CLEP or similar standardized test score in fulfillment of the ENG 101 and/or PSY 101 prerequisite. The CLEP score will not be computed as part of the cumulative grade point average for purposes of admission decisions.

* PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisites of high school chemistry and Integrated Algebra or its equivalent are required for registration to take BIO130. CHE100 is recommended for those without high school chemistry and MAT006 or MAT007 is recommended for those without high school Integrated Algebra to be completed prior to registration of BIO 130.

Program Start Date Application
Current High School Students Applying to the Practical Nurse Certificate Day Program (Eastern Campus) Spring Semester August 1 August 31
Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission into the Practical Nurse Day Certificate Program (Eastern Campus) Summer Semester January 1 January 31

General notes about the Practical Nursing Program:

  • Nursing (PNU) clinical courses require that students travel for clinical experiences throughout Suffolk County.
  • The maximum time to complete the program requirements upon enrollment is three (3) years.
  • Students who receive grades less than C in any practical nursing course (PNU) will be dismissed from the program and may reapply for admission for the subsequent application deadline period.
  • Students who fail in the clinical portion of a PNU course will receive an F regardless of the time during the semester this failure occurs.
  • Refer to the School of Nursing website to view additional information regarding the program. The student policy manual and handbook located on the School of Nursing webpage contains information including, but not limited to, academic progression , additional expenses for nursing students beyond textbooks, tuition and fees, attendance (lecture, lab, and clinical), background check, CPR certification, classroom decorum, complaints and grievances, determination of safe clinical practice, dosage calculation competency, electronic communication, health requirements, safety and technical standards, methods of grading, examinations and student evaluation, student record file, and professional behavior.
  • Determination of "good moral character" is a requirement for Practical Nurse Licensure, and eligibility to sit for the licensing examination is subject to New York State law regarding professional misconduct. Applicants for the nursing program who have been charged or convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country, or whose practice of nursing may be impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical or mental disability, must contact the State Education Department, Division of Professional Licensing Service. Although these applicants may take the licensing examination, they may or may not be issued a limited permit and /or practical nurse license, depending on the results of the investigation process.

FIRST SEMESTER: 10 credits Lec. CT* Lab. Cr.
BIO105:Survey of the Human Body 3 - 2 4
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3 - - 3
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3 - - 3
SUMMER SESSION: 5 credits Lec. CT* Lab. Cr.
PNU116: Foundations for Success in Practical Nursing 3 - - 3
PNU119: Pharmacology Safety and Dosage Calculations 2 - - 2
SECOND SEMESTER: 11 credits Lec. CT* Lab. Cr.
*♦ PNU120: Fundamentals of Nursing for Practical Nurses 5 6 2 8
*♦ PNU128: Nursing Care of Adult Clients I 2 3 - 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 11 credits Lec. CT* Lab. Cr.
*♦ PNU133: Nursing Care of Adult Clients II 5 6 2 8
*♦ PNU135: Nursing Care of Maternal-Child Clients 2 3 - 3

*Clinical teaching
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

Nursing 27 credits
English 3 credits
Biology 4 credits
Social Science 3 credits