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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 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 www.acenursing.org.

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. Prospective students must complete the application for admission by the application deadline. Applicants are required to take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)** to be considered for admission. The Office of Central Admissions must receive the ATI TEAS score report by the application deadline. Within the year prior to the deadline, applicants may only take the ATI TEAS 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 ATI TEAS testing at the College, is posted on Suffolk County Community College School of Nursing website www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing and on the ATI website www.atitesting.com.

     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 Practical Nursing Certificate are exempt from taking the ATI TEAS test but must meet all other minimum requirements, as specified below.

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)
  • ATI TEAS exam performance.
  • Performance in any Liberal Arts and Sciences courses that are part of the Practical Nursing curriculum with a grade of C or better.
  • The more courses completed from the General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences courses in the Nursing Program and the higher the grades in these courses, the greater the chance of admission.
  • The admissions rubric used to evaluate student performance can be found at www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing.
  • Admission to the Nursing Program is not guaranteed to any applicant, regardless of courses completed or grades received.

PLEASE NOTE: Liberal Arts and Sciences courses may be retaken only once to achieve a higher grade and the highest grade will be used toward degree completion.

Program Start Date Application
Practical Nursing Certificate Day Program (Eastern Campus) Spring Semester December 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 C, 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 www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing to view additional information regarding the program.

    *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. Students with prior criminal convictions who are interested in pursuing this program should refer to to the following procedure for additional information.

FIRST SEMESTER (SPRING): 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 (FALL): 11 credits Credits
*♦ PNU120: Fundamentals of Nursing for Practical Nurses 8
*♦ PNU128: Nursing Care of Adult Clients I 3

THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING): 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 the curriculum.
  Lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours are included in the course descriptions.