Practical Nursing Certificate (NURC)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The Practical Nursing Certificate program at Lehigh Carbon Community College at the Main Campus located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania and the Morgan Center Site located in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and the Donley Center Site located in Allentown, Pennsylvania is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000; The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing Certificate program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Practical Nursing Certificate program maintains full approval status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

This is an integrated college program spanning three semesters.

Upon completion of the approved curriculum, the graduate receives a certificate as a practical nurse. Once the graduate successfully completes the Virtual ATI NCLEX-PN review course they are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).

The Practical Nursing graduate is prepared to assist in caring for medical and surgical patients, convalescents, and the disabled. Rewarding work experiences are available in extended care facilities, private homes, public health agencies, offices, and clinics. Advanced standing is available for those students who fulfill the necessary requirements. This advanced standing is awarded for NUR 106 only.

Application deadline is February 1 for Summer admission. Complete the online nursing application.  When prompted, login to the myLCCC Student Portal and choose the application for the program to which you wish to apply.

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

  • Integrate the concepts of person, environment, health, nursing, and basic needs to assist with the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of individuals, families, and groups across the life span.
  • Understand the cultural/spiritual needs of a diverse population within a dynamic healthcare system.
  • Utilize critical thinking to implement the nursing process as a framework for the delivery of cost-effective, outcome-based nursing care to individuals, families, or groups.
  • Develop the ability to use therapeutic communication and technology to promote, restore, or maintain the health of individuals, families, or groups.
  • Recognize the need for lifelong learning and the active participation in continued professional development.
  • Demonstrate the core competencies of a graduate of practical nursing as set forth by the NLN.
  • Practice within the ethical/legal standards of nursing care developed by the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses Inc. and according to the state wherein employed.
  • Assume the roles of caregiver, interdisciplinary team member, manager, and community partner, as well as the responsibilities inherent in the scope of practical nursing as defined by the state wherein employed.
  • Employ the teaching-learning process to promote the optimum health of individuals, families, or groups within a framework of prevention and wellness care.
  • Special Admission Requirements

    Admission to the NURC Program is selective due to the limited number of spaces available in courses that require clinical practice. Selection is based on an objective point system. All students who meet the admission criteria are ranked according to: Pre admission test results and previous academic achievement. Applicants will be awarded five points for each A grade; three points for each B grade and one point for each C grade. No points awarded for D and F grades. The cumulative score earned from completed course work is added to the overall ATI-TEAS score. Applications are rank ordered and the most qualified candidates are offered a seat for admission into the nursing program. ATI-TEAS is required. 

    Register for the ATI-TEAS test ( view ATI-TEAS LCCC test dates). PLEASE NOTE - LCCC ATI-TEAS testing dates are ONLY for applicants to LCCC Nursing Programs - both ADN and LPN. LCCC is not an open ATI-TEAS testing site for other colleges. Beginning in spring 2020 all applicants to the ADN and LPN nursing programs MUST take the TEAS test at LCCC.

    TEAS results are good for two years from the start date of the program.  All applicants to the nursing programs MUST take the TEAS test at LCCC or it will not be accepted. Applicants applying to Transition (LPN to RN) do not need to take the ATI-TEAS test.