Licensed practical nursing is an appealing option if you want to enter the nursing workforce in the shortest possible time. In Maryland, the supply and demand of LPNs vary and depend largely on the location, health care setting, and whether the facility can use unlicensed personnel to perform the same duties. LPNs and RNs perform similar functions, according to the setting, although, a registered nurse functions in the more supervisory role. The majority of LPN graduates find employment in long-term care facilities where they form the backbone of the nursing staff and sometimes work without the input of a registered nurse. Trained to organize and prioritize patient care, supervised unlicensed staff, communicate with patients and their families, and follow up with patients after discharge, a licensed practical nurse can be beneficial to employers in acute care and long-term care. The practical nursing program prepares students for success on the NCLEX-PN, success on the job, and provides the foundation for advanced placement in a registered nursing program.
Frederick Community College
The practical nursing program at Frederick Community College requires students to complete 43 credit hours of theoretical and clinical instruction. Upon completion of the Board-approved program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure and provide safe and competent care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. The curriculum includes essential topics such as microbiology for allied health, human growth and development, medical-surgical nursing, reproductive health nursing, introduction to clinical nursing, nursing throughout developmental stages, and issues in practical nursing. The program is offered as a day or evening option. Through a ladder program, graduates can apply to continue seamlessly into the second year of the associate degree program to become a registered nurse. Admission requires a completed application, completion of prerequisite science courses, current titers, immunizations, and TB screening, CPR certification, background check, and drug testing.
- Website: http://www.frederick.edu/degrees-certificates/nursing.aspx
- Address: 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
- Phone: (301) 846-2400
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 99.17%
Hagerstown Community College
The Practical Nursing Certificate program at Hagerstown Community College requires students to complete a minimum 42 credit hours for completion. The program is approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The curriculum is divided into several broad areas with instruction in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical sites to prepare students to function effectively in a clinical setting. Graduates are eligible to tale the NCLEX-PN. Applicants must complete the TEAS and obtain the required scores, submit a completed Supplemental Application for the Practical Nursing Program, provide proof of high school graduation or GED (official transcripts), and complete the prerequisite courses (chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, English, and math). A background check, drug screen, and immunization are necessary for participation in the clinical aspect of the program. Based on 42 credits, tuition for the program is $4,914. Additional fees for registration, specific course fees, textbooks, TEAS test, uniforms, and supplies are applicable.
- Website: http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/academics/divisions/nursing/lpn
- Address: 11400 Robinwood Dr,, Hagerstown, MD 21742
- Phone: (240) 500-2000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 99.17%
Carroll Community College
The Carroll Community College has been conducting the Practical Nursing certificate program with the approval of the Maryland Board of Nursing. Applicants who complete the pre-clinical requirements will then become eligible to complete the fall, spring, and summer terms. The nursing courses are sequential and students must earn a minimum grade C to progress to the next course in the sequence. The prerequisite science courses must be completed within 5 years of participating in the clinical experience. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. Tuition for in-county residents is $160.40.
- Website: https://www.carrollcc.edu/Programs/AcademicLevel/Undergraduate/Certificate-Practical-Nursing/
- Address: 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD
- Phone: (410) 840-8443
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Community College of Baltimore County – Dundalk
Students enrolled in the practical nursing program at the Community College of Baltimore County must complete 46 credits to earn a certification. In preparation for the program, applicants must complete 18 credits of prerequisite courses, including biology, human anatomy and physiology, college composition and introduction to psychology. The program’s curriculum includes theoretical and clinical laboratory study to prepare students for a supportive role as part of the healthcare team. Applicants must obtain a CCBC student ID to submit an application through the Central Application Service. The application to the program is separate from the college and admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing department. Criteria for admission include a high school diploma, successful completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade C or above, English and math competency, and proof of health insurance, immunizations, TB test, criminal background check, and a drug screen. Tuition for the 24-month program is $6,683 plus $2,800 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses-Finder/program/practical-nursing-certificate
- Address: 7200 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222
- Phone: (443) 840-2222
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.10%