Practical Nursing Certificate Program


  • The Maria Practical Nursing Certificate program (PNC) is a 16 month evening and weekend program* to prepare for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) position (NCLEX-PN exam). 
  • All courses earn college credit.
  • Seamless transition option to Maria Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. A licensed practical nurse (LPN) are important members of the healthcare team and can be found anywhere healthcare is delivered - in hospitals, nursing homes and other exciting healthcare settings.

*Note:  these are nursing classes only.  A transcript review will determine if you need other prerequisites in addition to the nursing classes, which could result in two additional terms of study.

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We're proud that Maria Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC) graduates enjoy a near-perfect pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). Their scores have been consistently higher than the average pass rate in New York State.  Click here to see pass rates.


Unlike other PN programs, students at Maria College receive college credit for their courses. Upon completion of the PNC program and required prerequisite courses, students may be eligible for admission for advanced placement into our, or other, associate degree programs.

The Practical Nurse Certificate (PNC), a program within the Maria College Department of Nursing, is a 48-credit certificate program.  Upon successful completion of the required coursework, students are eligible to sit for the New York State National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Passing the licensure exam will make the graduate eligible for LPN positions in the health field.


You may apply online to the PNC program by clicking here or contact Admissions with questions or enrollment information:
Phone: 518.861.2517


The PNC courses are offered on the weekend* and consist of a sequence of four semesters (nursing classes only) or about 16 months. Begin the program with PNC 101 (includes lecture and lab classes). The college success seminar for PNC (PRD 103) must be taken concurrently with PNC 101.  The remaining nursing courses (PNC 102, 103 and 104) are clinical courses and require student participation every weekend (please check the college's academic calendar).  Lecture and lab classes are during Saturday and Sunday of the "Weekend College".  Clinical experience is required off-site at a clinical facility during Saturday and Sunday of the opposite weekends.  *Note: open lab hours, and other activities (advisement, special testing, review classes) are not exclusively on the weekend

The PNC program is offered in two tracks:

Track One
Track One allows a student to complete the Certificate on a part-time basis during the weekends in 47 credits. Of those, 22 to 25 will transfer to the ADN Program at Maria College (15 Nursing and 9-12 Liberal Arts). This track is designed for the student whose interest is to begin working as an LPN (after passing the licensure exam) after completing the Certificate.

Track Two

Track Two allows a student to complete the Certificate on a part-time basis during the weekends in 48 credits. Of those, 32 will transfer to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Maria College (15 Nursing and 17 Liberal Arts).


  • High School graduate or GED with a minimum GPA: 80 (high school graduates); 2.0 GPA (transfer students)
  • Physical examination, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (CPR) are required prior to enrolling in the required PN clinical courses.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V):  The TEAS V is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.  Applicants will be admitted on the basis of meeting the minimum requirements for entry and their TEAS test scores.  Applicants scoring below the desired TEAS test score may consider enrolling as a Maria College General Studies Student (GSN). Upon completion of remedial course work, the student may retest. Admissions decisions will be based on space availability.  For more information including registering for the exam, please visit the Testing Requirement page


  • Obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required in the PNC Program. (A grade of “C-” is not adequate to meet the minimum requirement of “C”). The student must pass both theoretical and clinical components of a nursing course, or the course must be repeated in its entirety.
  • Each state and/or profession has procedures for certification and licensure including, among others, consideration of felony convictions, pending criminal charges and professional misconduct. As a result, completion of a program does not guarantee licensure or certification.


Failure to successfully complete course work that is required by the nursing program results in dismissal from the program. A student may repeat a nursing course only once. Re-admission to the PNC Program is not automatic, and is at the discretion of the Nursing Chairperson and faculty, and may depend upon space availability. Re-admission to the nursing program beyond PNC 101 will require a written, dosage and skills examination. The student must be successful in all three examinations.

Transition to course, Nur 240, must be within two years of graduating from the PNC Program. If out of the nursing program for more than two years, the LPN will need to take the PN-RN Transition Course. Those who wish to re-enter the program after two years must start with PNC 101.


Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)
This program prepares graduates for RN licensure.  Up to 32 PNC nursing credits can be transferred to the Maria ADN program. Click here for more information on AAS Nursing Program.

BS Degree in Nursing Program
The Maria College Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree is Nursing program is designed for graduates of the accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing who also hold an unrestricted RN license, to complete the last two years of a four year bachelor's degree in nursing. Click here for more information on our BS Degree in Nursing Program

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