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Practical Nursing (certificate)

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Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: Dec. 15*

Official Title of Certificate: Practical Nursing, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 41

Learn more about the Practical Nursing Certificate program

Purpose: For students who wish to complete formal education with a certificate. Graduates of the Practical Nursing (PN) program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310. 

Range of Occupations

  • Practical Nurse (PN)

Additional Certificate Requirements

All nursing students must receive: (1) a minimum grade of C in each nursing course; and (2) a mark of satisfactory in the clinical laboratory. Students who receive a mark of unsatisfactory in the clinical laboratory at any time during the nursing course sequence will not be permitted to continue in the clinical laboratory and will receive a final grade of F.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

*If application deadline falls on a weekend, then applications will be accepted until the close of business on the next business day.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.
  2. Submit a completed program application by the application deadline.
  3. High school graduate or equivalency. Official transcripts required.
  4. United States high school general chemistry (1 credit), CHE 011   (non-credit), or a college-level chemistry (CHE 111  or CHE 103 ) with a grade of C or better. If home schooled, the high school curriculum must be under a recognized umbrella organization with the supervision of a state-approved curriculum. AACC may require a course syllabus so that our chemistry department chair can review and approve the curriculum.
    CHE 011  or CHE 111  or CHE 103  is eligible for Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Waiver.
  5. Take the Arithmetic Placement Test and receive a score of 27 or higher within 7 years of the date the application is submitted or enroll in MAT 005  and complete it with a grade of C or better by the application deadline.
  6. Prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course by the end of the fall semester in which you apply for selection.
  7. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org, WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org or SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at www.spantran.com.
  8. Foreign educated students: must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 101  /ENG 101A   and ENG 102   course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the  Practical Nursing program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the practical nursing course sequence each spring as the number of students permit. Applications received by deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available after June 1 in the Health Sciences office, Florestano Building Room 100 and on the college website. To be considered for conditional acceptance applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • First consideration will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least three months prior to the application deadline date.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • All prerequisites and chemistry requirement must be complete by the end of the fall term in which you apply for selection.
  • Final selection for the practical nursing course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the nursing department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check, satisfactory completion of a health examination record, and submission of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification card. Information and deadline for completion will be sent in applicant’s conditional acceptance packet. These are not to be completed prior to acceptance notification.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a health examination record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR course by designated deadline.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Enrollment Restrictions

State requirements and limitations of hospital facilities necessitate enrollment restrictions. An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure as a Practical Nurse. Students enrolled in the nursing course sequence are required to comply with the Maryland Nurse Practice Act.

Readmission to the Practical Nursing Course Sequence

Students who leave or are dismissed from the nursing course sequence may address a written petition for readmission to the department director. Readmission cannot be assured and is based on the criteria described in the readmission requirements available in the Health Sciences office. Requests for readmission must be received by the nursing department by August 1 for the spring term readmission. Prior nursing courses must have been taken within the previous two years.

Transfer to Associate Nursing Programs

Practical nursing graduates may transfer up to 30 general education credits to state associate nursing programs. For additional requirements, see the program to which you are transferring.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Practical Nursing Course Sequence

(one academic year)


All prerequisites, general education and nursing courses require a grade of C or better.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Total credit hours: 14

Certificate Requirements

Term 1 - Summer

Total credit hours: 8

Total credit hours: 10

Total credit hours: 9

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