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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.

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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 Practical nursing program at State University of New York at the Canton located in Canton, New York is accredited by the:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

  • 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

*A grade of C+ or better is required for successful completion of all Nursing courses.

**A grade of C or better in all co-requisite courses.

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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SUNY Canton
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Canton, NY 13617

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