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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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» Admission Requirements

» Technical Standards Required for Admission

Students in this Major:

  • Demonstrate responsibility to the nursing profession by attaining licensure immediately upon graduation as well as through continued learning.
  • Practice within the values, framework, and legal parameters of the Licensed Practical Nurse and is accountable for the nursing care provided.
  • Establish fundamental interpersonal and therapeutic communication both individually and in groups, both personally and through the use of communication technologies that contribute to improved patient outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other members of the nursing team such as the Registered Nurse and unlicensed assistive personnel in providing care and in contributing to improved patient outcomes.
  • Utilize assessment skills to collect client data using a standardized tool and identifies and reports deviations from the normal.
  • Assist in the planning of patient care, implementation of the care plan, and reports and records findings.
  • Deliver nursing care that demonstrates caring behaviors.
  • Utilize a designated teaching tool to instruct individuals on topics such as basic health promotion/maintenance and self-care.
  • Delegate care appropriately and in collaboration with the Registered Nurse in contributing to improved patient outcomes.

*Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Career Opportunities:

  • Long-term care
  • Acute care
  • Clinic settings


  • Registered by the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions.

New York State Education Department Office of the Professions

State Education Department
The University of the State of New York
Division of Professional Education
Professional Education Program Review
Education Building
89 Washington Avenue
2nd Floor, West Wing
Albany, NY 1223
Phone: (518) 474-3817 ext. 360

» Admission Requirements


Semester I Credits

LPNC 100 Drug Dosage Calc & Pharm 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 PN Specialty Populations 3
LPNC 103 PN Medical-Surgical 8
BIOL 218 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3

Students must complete all LPNC and corequisite courses with a minimal grade of C in order to graduate.

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 and evening 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

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.

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Debra Backus, Ph.D, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Nursing Director
Wicks 116