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Practical Nursing - Certificate

The SUNY Canton Practical Nursing Certificate program is based upon the beliefs that:

Nursing care is based on a conceptual framework that is meaningful, logical, and relevant. Throughout an individual’s life cycle, there are varying needs that must be met in order to maintain stability. As an evolving being, one is influenced by biological, cultural, psychological, and social factors. When needs are threatened by the internal or external environment, the individual interacts with the environment to restore balance. As an integral part of the health care delivery system nursing focuses on promoting, maintaining, and restoring balance on the health-illness continuum. The goal of nursing is to meet or assist with meeting biopsychosocial needs.

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PN Program Student Learning Outcomes

Practical nursing graduates of the SUNY College of Technology at Canton program will demonstrate or achieve:

1. Demonstrate appropriate care to clients with stable and predictable conditions.

2. Understand client disorders and nursing care utilizing current evidence based practice.

3. Demonstrate developmentally appropriate, respectful and effective therapeutic communication skills.

4. Identify clinical scenarios and situations that fall outside of the PN scope of practice.

5. Demonstrate, proper technique with nursing skills, use of client care equipment and technology in a cost effective manner.

6. Comprehend client environmental factors, family support, and resources that may affect a client’s health status.

7. Demonstrate accountability for legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters within the scope of practice of the practical nurse.

8. Operate effectively within multidisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to provide comprehensive client centered care.

9. Collect data and health histories for individuals using standardized tools in an organized pattern, thereby contributing to nursing care plan.

10. Demonstrate caring behaviors toward clients and his/her significant others, thereby assisting coping with stressful events and changes in health status.

11. Implement standardized teaching tools to promote and maintain health and to reduce risks for clients experiencing common altered health states in the hospital and extended care facilities.

12. Observe, reflect, and participate in self-performance and peer-to-peer teaching.

*Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Career Opportunities:

Graduates gain employment in:

  • Clinics and Physician Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Hospice and Home Health Care agencies
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Units


The program has candidacy status from the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Registered by the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions.
State Education Building - 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-474-3817

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Semester I Credits

LPNC 100 Drug Dosage Calculations & Pharmacology 3
LPNC 101 PN Fundamentals 8
BIOL 217 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (GER 2) 4
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral & Written Expression (GER 10)

Semester II Credits

LPNC 102 Practical Nursing - Specialty Populations 3
LPNC 103 PN Medical-Surgical Nursing 8
BIOL 218 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3
  • Enrolled students are required to purchase a standardized testing program.
  • Students must complete all LPNC courses with a C+ (75) in order to graduate.
  • Successful completion of all corequisite courses with a C or better and a semester GPA of 2.0 or better is required to continue in the program.
  • CPR certification (Health Provider Status) is recommended prior to admission and required prior to start of 2nd semester.
  • Students will complete clinical experiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community agencies throughout Northern New York.
  • Clinical hours may include day, evening, and weekend hours.
  • The college does not provide transportation to clinical sites.
  • Of the two clinical practical nursing courses (LPNC 101, LPNC 103), only one may be repeated one time.

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Christine Thompson MSN, RN
PN Curriculum Coordinator
SUNY Canton
Cook Hall 202