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Nursing–Licensed Practical Nursing - Certificate (Career)

Application Code 111

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division – Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

This certificate is a curriculum track within the Nurse Education Program for persons interested in becoming a licensed practical nurse. Students learn through lectures, individualized study, and practice in a nursing skills laboratory. With the guidance and supervision of nursing instructors, students provide patient care in a variety of health care settings. The graduate functions as a member of a health care team and provides care to patients with commonly occurring health problems. The coursework overlaps the registered nurse (associate of arts degree in nursing) curriculum to ensure a theory-based practitioner and to facilitate educational mobility within the nursing career field. The certificate is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215, 410-764-5124, and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. Graduates who successfully complete the courses of this certificate are eligible to be considered by the Maryland Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse licensure. By law, the Maryland Board of Nursing may deny admission to sit for licensure for a variety of reasons. These include conviction of a misdemeanor or felony, if the offense bears directly on the fitness of the person to practice nursing.

Suggested Summer Term 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 107Fundamentals of Microbiology


CHEM 103Fundamentals of General Chemistry


Suggested Summer Term 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 203Anatomy and Physiology I


Gen Ed Core MATH 132, MATH 138, or higher core course


Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 204Anatomy and Physiology II


NURS 142Fundamental Nursing Concepts


PSYC 101General Psychology


Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 121College Composition


NURS 143Concepts of Nursing


PSYC 200Lifespan Development


Suggested Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS 144Practical Nursing Concepts


Total Credit Hours: 49

Admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate in the Nursing program is based upon successful completion of required prerequisite courses. MATH 132MATH 138, or higher, BIOL 107, BIOL 203, and CHEM 103 must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.25. Contact the office of admissions and advising to register for an information session regarding the Practical Nursing Certificate.

A grade of “C” or better is required in nursing, mathematics, and science courses.

BIOL 107 and BIOL 203: Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite courses must be completed within five years prior to admission to the first nursing course. If coursework exceeds the five year limit, a student may take an exam(s) to demonstrate competence or repeat the course(s). BIOL 107 and CHEM 103 prerequisite courses must be completed within ten years of admission to the first nursing course.

Admission requirements also include a minimum overall HCC GPA of 2.0 and successful completion of a nursing entrance exam.

For important information about this program, including the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed, please visit