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Practical Nursing - Certificate

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

The Practical Nursing Program combines general education courses and nursing courses that allow students to complete their education in one year and be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. Classroom lectures, laboratory sessions and clinical practicums in area hospitals, long term care facilities and community health agencies are offered over two semesters. Education is viewed as a mentoring relationship based on mutual respect and understanding that recognizes the diverse needs of the learner and empowers the learner to achieve their highest level of potential. Graduates earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing and are eligible to become Licensed Practical Nurses.

» Practical Nursing Program Handbook

» Admission Requirements

» Technical Standards Required for Admission

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

*Gainful Employment Program Disclosure


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

» Admission Requirements


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
Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3

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
  • Students must complete all LPNC courses with a minimal grade of C+ in order to graduate and corequisite courses with a grade of C or better.
  • GPA of 2.0 or better is required to continue in the program.
  • Of the two clinical practical nursing courses (LPNC 101, LPNC 103), only one may be repeated one time.
  • 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.
  • Residency Requirements: Students must complete SUNY Canton's LPNC 102 and LPNC 103 in order to complete the program residency requirements.
  • Enrolled students are required to purchase a standardized testing program.
  • A tablet or laptop computer is required.
  • CPR certification (Health Provider Status) is required prior to admission and throughout the program.

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Debra Backus, Ph.D, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Nursing Director
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