Professor Lisa O'Donnell MS, RN
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The Practical Nursing Program (LPN), coordinated by the Health Sciences
Department, offers a certificate in Practical Nursing. Graduates will be
eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Licensure
Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).
The Practical Nursing Program (PNP) at LaGuardia Community College is in response to the growing
need for skilled health care personnel who can provide care at the practical nursing level and are
motivated to continue in the Nursing Profession. The Practical Nursing Program was approved in July
2004 by the New York State Education Department
A forty-eight (48) credit, certificate-bearing program has been organized to be
rigorous, but supportive of the adult-learners from diverse cultural and literacy
experiences. Beginning Fall 2009, the Practical Nursing Certificate Program
will provide students with the opportunity to complete the courses of study in
ten (10) months after completing the pre-clinical core educational courses. By
February 2010 following the graduation of students who entered March 2009
into the original 12 month program, the 12 month Practical Nurse Certificate
Program should be completely phased out by February 2010 when the class
graduates. The new tenth month program will admit students only once per
year each Fall I semester.
The program prepares men and
women to function as practical nurses performing tasks and responsibilities within the framework of
case-findings, health teaching, health counseling, provision of supportive and restorative care in
healthcare facilities that offer chronic and acute care services.