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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Practical Nursing (certificate)

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Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: Jan. 30*

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

To view all entrance/admission details, please go to the Practical Nursing Admission Requirements page.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screening. For complete details, see Health Sciences Criminal Background & Drug Screening.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  or ENG 101A . 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

Program Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate accountability for maintaining the standards of practice to include holistic client care across the settings, legal/ethical behaviors and life-long learning in concert with the Maryland Nurse Practice Act.
  • Utilize appropriate and therapeutic verbal and written communication to promote positive client outcomes.
  • Assess holistically and systematically the health status of individuals, families and communities to determine health care needs in a team relationship.
  • Utilize critical thinking within the framework of the five steps of the nursing process to ensure the delivery of safe, accurate care.
  • Provide nursing care based on the global understanding of the sciences, humanities, nursing theory, research and personal experience that is holistic, culturally relevant and maintains the client’s rights and dignity.
  • Identify learning needs of clients and in a team relationship develops plans and implements relevant teaching to assist the client in achieving his/her health goals.
  • Collaborate with clients, families, and other members of the health care team to ensure holistic, individualized care with appropriate allocation of human and material resources across the health care continuum.
  • Coordinate through direct intervention and delegation of care to unlicensed individuals the safe and accurate care of multiple clients in diverse health care settings.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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