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Catalog 2017-2018 
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nursing Certificate

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No. of Credits: 42
Contact: L. Polk, Chair, Health Sciences Division;
K. Russell, Program Coordinator

The Practical Nursing certificate program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The practical nurse (PN) is prepared to assist with the nursing process to provide nursing care that promotes the achievement of optimal health outcomes. Students learn the principles and practices of nursing through independent and web-enhanced study, lectures, demonstrations, skills practice, and simulation. They participate in clinical practica off campus in a variety of healthcare settings under the supervision of nursing instructors. Employment opportunities exist in long-term care and a variety of community-based health care agencies. The Practical Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing programs have the approval of the Maryland Board of Nursing and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation information regarding the nursing programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000

Practical Nursing Certificate Admission Criteria:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA in high school or in college (with at least 12 earned college credits)
  • College placement test scores at the ENG 1010 and MTH 1115 levels, and placement out of Reading, or completion of the appropriate College Prep courses to achieve these levels
  • ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score of 59 or above.  TEAS scores are considered current for 3 years.

This is a competitive admission program and begins only in the fall. First consideration will be given to residents of CSM’s service area (Calvert, Charles, St Mary’s counties). All petitioners who have met the admission criteria are ranked and admitted according to their residency status and cumulative GPA.  The cumulative GPA will be calculated for all colleges in which transfer work has been applied to the program.

Admission and progression in this program requires that a “C” or better be earned in all coursework.  The minimum grade of “C” is 75% for nursing courses that have letter grades.

Applicants may obtain the Nursing Programs’ Admission Information booklet from an advisor or online at the college’s web site. After reviewing the program requirements and procedures, applicants are advised to attend a nursing information session before meeting with an academic advisor.

This program may be designated as a Health Manpower Shortage program. For more information contact the Admissions Department.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 31.

LPNs with an active unencumbered Maryland or compact state LPN license are eligible to apply for admission to the LPN-ADN Transition pathway. Students should discuss this opportunity with a college advisor. 

NOTE: Students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, a criminal background check and drug screen at the students’ expense. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance and CPR certification. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers OR the American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers are the only accepted CPR courses.

The college will not be responsible for any tuition, fees or other costs that may be charged or paid or lost due to incomplete, untimely or unsatisfactory health records, CPR certification, background check or drug screen.  The college is not responsible for the conduct of background checks and drug screenings, or decisions made by other entities as a result of the background check and drug screening requirements.

Career Opportunities:

licensed practical nurse

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will

  1. Use the nursing process to identify the interrelationship among the person, the environment, health, and the role of nursing
  2. Apply knowledge from the biopsychosocial arts and sciences to assist persons with commonly occurring and recurring health problems to achieve health outcomes
  3. Use established standards and principles to administer safe nursing care which takes basic functional, physiological, psychological, and environmental domains into consideration
  4. Contribute to the development of the nursing plan of care using application of knowledge, judgment, principles of communication, specialized skills, creative problem solving, and critical thinking
  5. Assist the person in achieving health promotion, maintenance, restoration, or palliation
  6. Manage care to meet priorities, providing appropriate delegation to and supervision of assistive personnel
  7. Practice within the legal and ethical framework of practical nursing
  8. Participate in activities that promote responsible, competent licensed practical nursing practice and continued educational development within the global health care community

Gainful Employment:

View Gainful Employment information for this certificate on our website.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite

**** Pending MHEC approval

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