Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Department of Nursing — Curriculum Code 3312

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate

There is a growing demand for LPNs to provide care to individuals in a variety of health care settings. The LPN works in close collaboration with the RN and other members of the health care team in long-term care facilities, assisted living sites, and some hospitals. A state-of-the-art, well-equipped nursing simulation laboratory is available at the Essex County College main campus to facilitate student learning. In addition, a multi-media computer laboratory is available to LPN students. Upon completion of the LPN academic certificate program, a student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to qualify for LPN licensure.

 

Apply for Admission to the LPN Certificate Program (Current Students and Prior Essex County College Students only)

Fall 2019: Classes will begin soon!

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About this Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Certificate

Why major in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

There is a growing demand for LPNs to provide care to individuals in a variety of health care settings. The LPN works in close collaboration with the RN and other members of the health care team in long-term care facilities, assisted living sites, and some hospitals. A state-of-the-art, well-equipped nursing simulation laboratory is available at the Essex County College main campus to facilitate student learning. In addition, a multi-media computer laboratory is available to LPN students. Upon completion of the LPN academic certificate program, a student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to qualify for LPN licensure.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in the LPN program?

Apply to the College as an LPN student (curriculum code: 3312). The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the program:

  • Be at college level in reading, English, and mathematics, which may require the completion of developmental courses (e.g., RDG 096, ENG 096 and/or MTH 092) based on placement test scores.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Achieve a satisfactory score on the LPN program admission exam.

Note: The strict program application deadline is June 30 for enrollment in the following Spring semester. Admission to the program is competitive. Qualified applicants are admitted on a space-available basis. Admission to the LPN program is based on a minimum score of 50% and above in Reading and an overall composite score of at least 50% in English language, Science, Math, and Reading on the pre-admissions (TEAS) test.

Is there educational mobility after completing the LPN program?

The Essex County College Department of Nursing subscribes to the state articulation model for education mobility of nurses. LPN students can enter the RN program upon meeting the admission requirements of the Nursing: LPN Articulation Option A.A.S. Degree Program.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

This program is a 48 week course of study and will be completed in one 12-month cycle (January-December).

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the cognitive knowledge (including basic nursing care theory and practice, patient assessment techniques, comprehensive treatment plan/intervention elements, etc.) required of an entry-level LPN practitioner;
  • Demonstrate the psychomotor skills (including various methods of medication administration, hands-on physical assessments, assisting with teaching/instruction in the care of older adults, etc.) required of an entry-level LPN practitioner; and
  • Describe and demonstrate communication skills and ethical and professional behaviors (including progress reports to members of the health care team, written documentation of client care, etc.) expected of an entry-level LPN practitioner.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Department at (973) 877-1868/1865.

Program Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3-credit)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)
BIO 121 (4 credits)
BIO 122 (4 credits)

Note: Both BIO 121 and 122 must be taken within 5 years of admission to the LPN program.

Society & Human Behavior (3 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)

Major Course Requirements

LPN 101 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing (8 credits)
LPN 102 Adult Health I (8 credits)
LPN 103 Adult Health II/Mental Health (9 credits)
LPN 104 Maternal-Child Health/Pediatric Health (8 credits)
LPN 105 Role Transition (2 credits)

Notes:
(1) The minimum passing grade for all courses is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat that course.
(2) Students enrolled in the LPN program will be required to submit to criminal background checks, health clearance, and CPR certification in connection with their clinical placement at certain health care organizations. All expenses for criminal background checks, health clearance, and CPR certification are the responsibility of the student.
(3) Consult the LPN Program Handbook for specific information on licensure requirements.
(4) This LPN program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430, www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/medical/nursing.htm

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 49

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
LPN 101 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing (8 credits)

Second Semester
BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
LPN 102 Adult Health I (8 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology I: Personality & Social Aspects (3 credits)

Third Semester
LPN 103 Adult Health II/Mental Health (9 credits)

Fourth Semester
LPN 104 Maternal-Child Health/Pediatric Health (8 credits)
LPN 105 Role Transition (2 credits)

Academic Programs and Accreditations

Academic Degrees:
Nursing (A.A.S.)
Nursing: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Articulation Option (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificate(s):
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN

The Nursing Department is accredited by the following:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program
    New Jersey Board of Nursing
    Joanne Leone, Executive Director
    PO Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101
    Phone: (973) 504-6430
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Program
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
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  • New Jersey Board of Nursing
    Joanne Leone, Executive Director
    PO Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101
    Phone: (973) 504-6430

Location: Center for Health Sciences
Telephone: (973) 877-1868
Fax: (973) 877-3117

NOTES: 

(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.