Practical Nursing Certificate

male licensed practical nurse filling out a medical chart

As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) you can feel good about what you are doing — helping others. You can also enjoy being in a profession where there is a need for more people as well as flexibie schedules. The path to becoming an LPN is relatively short and you will have the option to continue on to become an RN if you choose to. You will find students of all ages in this program.

BMCC offers a certificate program to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to fulfill an immediate need in the healthcare workforce and it will also serve as a pathway to other medical careers. The program has 46 credits with 16 credits of general education prerequisite courses and 30 credits of LPN courses. The competitive GPA of the five prerequisite courses (i.e., BIO 111, HED 110, ENG 101, MAT 104, and PSY 100) and the competitive score on an admission test (e.g., HESI A2) would determine admission.

The program will provide you with the knowledge, practical skills and experience to become a valuable professional, contributing to quality healthcare.  Students progress through the program by passing all nursing courses with 73% (C) or better. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Exams for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).

Learn more about Admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate Program.

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General Education Courses

Human Biology 1

LPN Certificate Courses

Semester One

LPN 101
Fundamentals of Nursing (w/clinicals)
LPN 102
Mental Health Nursing and Therapeutic Communication (w/ clinicals)
LPN 103
Lab Practical Skills/Infection Control (Part 1)
LPN 104
Pharmacology and Nutrition Across the Lifespan (w/ Medication Calculation & Administration)

Semester Two

LPN 201
Parent-Child Nursing (w/ clinicals)
LPN 202
Lab Practical Skills (Part 2)
LPN 203
Medical-Surgical Nursing
LPN 204
Lab Practical Skills (Part 3)

Semester Three

LPN 301
Gerontology/Rehabilitation & Restorative Care (w/ clinicals)
LPN 302
Transition to Practice (Legal and Ethical Aspects of Practical Nursing)
Total LPN Certificate Program Credits
Total Curriculum Credits


  1. Students who have successfully completed BIO 425 within 5 years of admission to the program can use that course as a substitute for the BIO 111 requirement.
  2. ENG 100.5 will also satisfy this requirement.
  3. MAT 104 must be taken at BMCC. MAT 104.5 will satisfy the requirements of MAT 104.

Nursing Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-730
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8230

Office Hours:
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.