Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Licensed Practical Nursing Program is very competitive and priority is given to students with the highest G.P.A. To be eligible for admission into practical nursing course work (PNR designated courses), students must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve a passing score on both the CUNY/ACT Reading and Writing Skills Assessment Tests.
  • Complete all remediation courses per CUNY policy.
  • A score of 35/30 on M1 and M2 (arithmetic and algebra) of the CUNY COMPASS.
  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 must be obtained with a minimum grade of C or better in the pre-clinical sequence (CMS 11, PSY 11, ENG 10/11); except a grade of C+ or better for BIO 23. BIO 23 may be repeated once to achieve a grade of C+ or better.
  • Grades of C- or below in CMS 11, ENG 10/11, or PSY 11 will not be accepted.
  • Score between the 35th and 40th percentile on the verbal, math, and science components of the National League for Nurses (NLN) Pre-entrance Exam for Practical Nursing students (PAX-LPN), which must be taken at BCC and may only be taken twice. The NLN requires a six-month waiting period before the candidate may repeat the exam.

Students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:

  1. U.S. Citizenship.
  2. Permanent Residency.
  3. International Student with F1 Status.
  4. Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government.

In addition to College tuition costs the student is required to:

  1. Be medically cleared through the College's Health Services Office.
  2. Have completed Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).
  3. Purchase malpractice insurance through the College.
  4. Be prepared to pay the cost for taking competency exams at the end of each clinical semester and the cost of the New York State Board NCLEX-PN Examination at the completion of the program.
Please Note: Science courses older than seven years must be repeated while in the program. Students must maintain a grade of C in all supporting course work (BIO 24, BIO 28, NTR 11, PHM 11). Students may repeat each supporting course with a grade of C- or less once in order to achieve a C grade.

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