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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

PN Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will appraise the care provided to clients with stable and predictable conditions.
  2. Students will analyze patient disorders and nursing care utilizing current evidence based practice.
  3. Student will demonstrate developmentally appropriate, respectful and effective therapeutic communication skills.
  4. Student will interpret clinical scenarios and situations that fall outside of the PN scope of practice.
  5. Student will demonstrate, proper technique with nursing skills, use of patient care equipment and technology in a cost effective manner.
  6. Student will examine patient environmental factors, family support, and resources that may affect a patient’s health status.
  7. Student will demonstrate accountability for legal, ethical and regulatory parameters within the scope of practice of the practical nurse.
  8. Student will operate effectively within multidisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to provide comprehensive patient centered care.
  9. Student will collect data and health histories for individuals using standardized tools in an organized pattern, thereby contributing to nursing care plan.
  10. Student will demonstrate caring behaviors toward clients and his/her significant others, thereby assisting coping with stressful events and changes in health status.
  11. Student will 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. Student will analyze self-performance and peer performance through the processes of observation, reflection, and peer-to-peer teaching.

*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 courses with a minimal grade of “C+” in order to graduate.

CPR certification (Health Provider Status) is required prior to admission and throughout the program.

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 time.

Successful completion of all corequisite courses with a final grade of “C” or better and a semester GPA of 2.0 or better is required to continue in the program.

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