Nurses are the foot soldiers of the health care industry. They function as caregivers and patient advocates to promote and restore health and prevent diseases. Licensed practical nurse education programs equip nurses with the specialized knowledge, technical skills, and critical thinking abilities to care for a multicultural client population across lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. A practical nurse will assist registered nurses with data collection, perform therapeutic and preventive nursing measures, evaluate the outcome of nursing intervention, and contribute to the patient care plan. LPNs work in a variety of settings, including medical clinics, birthing centers, home health, surgical centers, hospitals, community health, ambulatory centers, surgical care centers, and urgent care centers.
Baltimore City Community College
The Practical Nursing Certificate at BCCC prepares students to meet the needs of patients in acute care and long-term care facilities. Students are assured of flexible schedules and individual attention as they develop patient care skills. The curriculum incorporates classroom instruction, hands-on practice in a simulation lab, and supervised patient care activities in a clinical setting and comprises of 45 credit hours. Eligibility to enter and stay in the program is conditional on the Maryland Board of Nursing. Applicants with a criminal conviction may not qualify for licensure in Maryland. Students convicted of a crime prior to or during enrollment must immediately notify the Program Coordinator. Throughout the program, students will learn to apply the concepts of health as a basis for practice, use critical thinking skills to make patient care decisions, utilize the nursing process in healthcare, manage patient needs in a variety of settings, and communicate effectively with patients, their families, and members of the healthcare team. Prerequisite courses are anatomy and physiology, preparation for academic achievement, and microbiology. Course topics include introduction to psychology, introduction to nursing practice, calculations of medications, maternal and child health nursing, adult health nursing, and nursing in childbearing and child-rearing families. Applicants must take the ACCUPLACER test, attend a new student orientation, and submit a completed Maryland Residency Verification form and application form. Tuition for the 18-month program is $4,828 plus $2,917 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.bccc.edu/Page/1612
- Address: 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD
- Phone: (888) 203-1261
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Sojourner-Douglass College prepares practical nursing students to meet the professional, ethical, and intellectual standards associated with practice. The value-centered curriculum helps graduates address patients’ needs in the culturally diverse and complex healthcare system. Students are prepared for success on the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. SDC’s unique three-year BSN degree program offers an exit point for practical nurses. Instructors use lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on skills development in clinical environments to prepare students for safe and competent patient care. Course topics include fundamentals of nursing, mental health concepts, laws and ethical aspects of practice, medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, transition to practice, and trends and issues that impact nursing. Applicants must submit a completed application and fee, pass a criminal background check, provide documentation from a physical assessment and evidence of negative TB and immunization, and submit to routine drug screens.
- Website: http://www.sdcnursing.com/
- Address: 200 N Central Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
- Phone: (410) 276-0306
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 77.10%
Community College of Baltimore County – Catonsville
The Practical Nursing program at CCBC is a 12-month, 3-semester course designed to provide the theoretical and clinical instruction students need to collaborate with other health care professionals to care for patients. Students are eligible for graduation after successful completion of 46 credit hours and will receive a certificate that will confirm their eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN. The application deadline is April 15 for the fall semester – only 40 students are admitted annually. Instructors use various teaching methods in the classroom, lab, and clinical sites to help students develop and use evidence-based practice in patient care, be mindful of culturally diverse patients, and collaborate with other members of the patient care team. Enrollment is highly competitive. Selection will be based on the grades received for non-nursing courses and the TEAS pre-admission exam. Other criteria for consideration are a high school diploma, successful completion of the prerequisite courses, competency in Math, English, and reading, completion of the TEAS, and a GPA of 2.0 and above for all CCBC courses. The total cost of attendance is $6,658 for tuition plus $2,800 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.ccbcmd.edu/nursing/
- Address: 800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228
- Phone: 443.840.CCBC (2222)
- Email: [email protected]
Anne Arundel Community College
Practical nursing students must complete 41 credits to receive a certificate of completion at Anne Arundel Community College. Applicants must attend an information session, submit official high school transcript or GED equivalency, present evidence of completing chemistry with a grade C or better, take the arithmetic placement test, complete prerequisite courses, have good physical and mental health, and maintain a satisfactory academic standing while taking prerequisite and general education courses. Once admitted to the program, students must consent to a criminal background check and urine drug screen, complete the AHA BLS Support CPR for Health Care Providers course, and satisfactorily complete a Health Examination Record. Prerequisite courses are human biology or anatomy and physiology, introduction to psychology, and math. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Tuition is $5,822, based on 16 months of attendance, plus $2,094 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.aacc.edu/nursing/pn_intro.cfm
- Address: 101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
- Phone: (410) 777-2222
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.50%
Howard Community College
The LPN program at Howard Community College prepares students for practice as a licensed practical nurse. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure in the state of Maryland. Applicants must attend an information session, submit a completed application and fee, take the placement test for college English, pass the nursing admission test, and complete all prerequisite coursework with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Clinical requirements include a physical assessment, criminal background check, CPR certification, drug screen, and drug screen. Course topics are college composition, general psychology, fundamentals of microbiology, anatomy and physiology, dosage calculations, foundations of nursing practice, family centered nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and concepts and trends in practical nursing. Students must complete 43 to 46 credits to be eligible for graduation. Tuition for the 15-month program is $7,280 plus $2,310 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.howardcc.edu/admissions-aid/apply-for-admission/alliedhealth/lpn.html
- Address: 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
- Phone: (443) 518-1000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.79%