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Practical Nursing

The Department of Nursing also offers the Academic Certificate in Practical Nursing. This program is specifically designed for students who wish to obtain a LPN license and continue their studies to the RN level. The Licensed Practical Nursing Program can be completed in one academic year. Graduates are awarded an Academic Certificate in Practical Nursing.

This program provides the student college credits that may be applied to continued academic pursuit. The total credits for this program is 34 credits. All Nursing students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all nursing and science courses before progression to the next course. For all practical nursing courses, a 78% is the minimum grade for a “C”. A grade of “90” must be received on the medical-dosage calculation examinations. This exam is given every semester and must be passed for progression in the program.

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New Jersey works closely with Registered Nurses and other health care providers to care for patients, help patient rehabilitate after an illness or injury and to prevent patient illness. The LPN scope of practice in New Jersey is in development and in most cases follows the nurse scope of practice act in New Jersey. LPNs most often work under the supervision of a registered nurse where the registered nurse follows the New Jersey Board of Nursing's Algorithm for Determining Scope of Practice and for Making Delegation Decisions when delegating duties to the LPN. LPNs are not permitted to delegate duties or responsibilities in the health care setting.

The responsibilities of students of the nursing profession are to:


Learn and encompass nursing standards in your behavior in all areas. Lead by personal example and assert a positive influence on other nursing students. Master the skills, abilities and knowledge required in your nursing profession which includes professionalism, ethics, honesty, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, time management, caring, respect for various cultures and promoting positive outcome through communication. Actively participate in your learning in order to apply the information for safe and effective patient care. Participate in extracurricular activities, services and educational opportunities both on campus and in the community. Support your college, your community and the Nursing Program. Be a proud representative of Cumberland County College’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program.




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