Howard Community College's Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate Program prepares graduates to assume careers as licensed practical nurses. Licensed practical nurses work under the direction of doctors and registered nurses in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, clinics, health maintenance organizations, doctors' offices and private homes caring for newborn infants, elderly patients and patients with longterm or chronic illness.
The primary responsibilities of licensed practical nurses in these settings encompass basic patient care, such as taking vital signs, preparing and administering treatments and medications including injections, assisting patients with hygienic care, and providing comfort and psychological support to patients.
The clinical component of the LPN program begins in the fall semester for both the day and evening/weekend options, and lasts 11 months.
Steps to Apply to the LPN Program
A Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing/allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and therefore are not able to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. Students with a criminal background may be unable to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are NOT able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your existing criminal background, you may wish to discuss this with legal counsel.
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