Program Learning Outcomes
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Hegis Code - 5209.20, CIP Code - 51.3901
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 RN programs. Through an appropriate choice of general education courses, students may prepare for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree admission requirements. Upon award of the Practical Nursing certificate, graduates are qualified to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX).*

     The Practical Nursing Certificate program is registered by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020; website at

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. 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 Consideration into the Practical Nurse Certificate Day Program (Eastern Campus)
  • Completion of High School Biology Class.
  • Completion of High School Chemistry Class with Lab.
  • Completion of two (2) units of High School Math Classes.
  • College Placement Test (CPT) scores at college-level in mathematics, reading and English.
  • 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)
  • Performance in any Liberal Arts and Sciences courses that are part of the Practical Nursing curriculum with a grade of C or better.
  • BIO130 and BIO132 may be substituted for BIO105.
  • Points awarded for any of these courses that were completed by the application deadlines.
  • The more points you have and the higher your grades in these courses, the greater your chance of admission.

PLEASE NOTE: BIO105 or BIO130 and BIO132 must be completed within 10 years to be considered for internal/external transfer to meet requirements for degree completion. Integrated Algebra or its equivalent are required for registration to take BIO105. Prerequisites of high school chemistry and Integrated Algebra or its equivalent are required for registration to take BIO130. Those without high school chemistry and Integrated Algebra or its equivalent will need to complete MAT006 or MAT007 and then CHE100 prior to registration of BIO130. Liberal Arts and Sciences courses may be retaken only once to achieve a higher grade and the second grade will be used toward degree completion.

Program Start Date Application
Current High School Students Applying to the Practical Nurse Certificate Day Program (Eastern Campus) Spring Semester August 15
Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission into the Practical Nurse Day Certificate Program (Eastern Campus) Summer Session January 15
*Application includes, but is not limited to, transcripts and CLEP scores.

General notes about the 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 grade D+, D, or W 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 Credits
  BIO105: Survey of the Human Body 4
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
SUMMER SESSION: 5 credits Credits
PNU116: Foundations for Success in Practical Nursing 3
PNU119: Pharmacology Safety and Dosage Calculations 2
SECOND SEMESTER: 11 credits Credits
*♦ PNU120: Fundamentals of Nursing for Practical Nurses 8
*♦ PNU128: Nursing Care of Adult Clients I 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 11 credits Credits
*♦ PNU133: Nursing Care of Adult Clients II 8
*♦ PNU135: Nursing Care of Maternal-Child Clients 3

*Clinical teaching
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
 Lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours are included in the course descriptions.

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