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 is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission For Education In Nursing Inc. (ACEN).

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

Please Note: This program is selective. Any student interested in becoming a candidate for this program must complete the requirements found in the following documents. You will need Adobe Reader  to view and print the PDF document.

National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) 10/01/2017 - 09/30/2018 Pass Rates for the Nursing Programs at Lehigh Carbon Community College
Pass RateAverage Pass RateAverage
LPN / NUR program: For the report period noted, LCCC's LPN program had a pass rate of 97.1% PA: 84.34% U.S.: 83.65%
2017-2018 NCLEX- PN pass rate:  97.1%
2016-2017 NCLEX- PN pass rate:  100%
2015-2016 NCLEX- PN pass rate:  81.82%
2014-2015 NCLEX- PN pass rate:  100%
2013-2014 NCLEX- PN pass rate: 88.89%

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. 

Please note - LCCC testing dates are for applicants to our Healthcare Science programs.  We are not an open ATI-TEAS site.

The purpose of Lehigh Carbon Community College's certificate in Pratical Nursing is to prepare qualified person for entry-level positions as practical nurses who can function in a variety of health care settings under the direction of licensed physician, licensed dentist, or licensed professional nurse. 

Graduates who earn a Practical Nursing Certificate are eligible for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). Success on this examination qualifies a nurse to practice as a licensed practical nurse (PN). The NURC program at Lehigh Carbon Community College maintains full approval status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. 

  • Applicants must complete the free online college application and the program application. Deadline for the nursing program application is February 1 of the year prior to enrolling in NUR prefix nursing courses.
  • Applicants are notified by USPS mail of their admission to the LPN program; in late spring.

Register for the ATI-TEAS test. 

The program is fully approved by the PA State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission or Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga. 30326; 404-975-5000; Upon completion of the approved curriculum, the graduate receives a certificate as a practical nurse. Once the graduate successfully completes the Virtual ATI NCLEX-RN review course they are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).

Rewarding work experiences is available in skilled nursing centers, extended care facilities, private homes, public health agencies, offices, and clinics. The graduate’s performance of select nursing acts is under the direction of a licensed physician, licensed dentist, or professional nurse. Advanced standing is available for those students who fulfill the necessary requirements. This advanced standing is awarded for NUR 106 only.

  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 NLNAC.
  • 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.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
NUR 106 Nursing I 11
BIO 163 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester Total 18
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
NUR 116 Nursing II 11
BIO 164 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 145
or ECE 120
Human Growth and Development – The Life Span
Children's Growth and Development
Semester Total 18
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
NUR 126 Nursing III 12
SOC 150
or SOC 151
Introduction to Sociology
Modern Social Problems
Semester Total 15
Credit Total 51

The student must earn at least a “C” in all courses required for the Practical Nursing program to progress and graduate. Students who have failed or withdrawn are readmitted on a space-available basis. A student may repeat only one nursing course (prefix NUR) in which a “D” or “F” grade has been earned. Requirements will be the requirements at the time of readmission.

Practical Nursing (Certificate)

Approximate Cost of Program

Residency Book Cost Fees Tuition
Sponsored district of LCCC $1,600 $765 $4,500
Other PA resident $1,600 $1,170 $9,000
Out-of-state or international $1,600 $1,575 $13,500
Resident of Schuylkill County $1,600 $1,170 $6,750

Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 12 months