Medgar Evers College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (CPN)
The Certificate Practical Nursing (CPN) Program is a day program and requires full-time attendance upon admission into the clinical phase.
Student Advocacy and Support Services Center
The Student Advocacy and Support Services Center (SASSC) is a student-oriented center that assists students with their academic concerns. An assigned SASSC advisor will assist the student with personal-social issues, concerns, and educational-occupational matters. The SASSC should be your first point of contact for information regarding the CPN Program. The mission of SASSC is also to enable students to achieve their desired educational goals by providing information regarding:
You may email or call representatives at SASSC:
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Applicants to the Certificate in Practical Nurse Program at Medgar Evers College must:
- Hold a High School Diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
- Complete all basic skills course work prior to admission into the Nursing major.
- Take and pass all three (3) areas of the CUNY Skills Assessment Examinations (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) prior to entry into the CPN Program of study.
- Take NLN Pre-entrance Examination (given in October or November).
- Participate in an interview/information session with the Department of Nursing – AAS/PN Admission Retention and Progression Committee
- Science courses must be 5 years old or less at the time of admission.
- Provide current medical clearance to include occupational exposure health requirements.
- Provide current medical clearance to include New York State Department of Health requirements.
- Pass clinical, skills lab, and theory portions of each NUR course.
- Possess current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Certification from the American Heart Association.
- Have a satisfactory Physical Examination record on file which includes Hepatitis B testing.
- Purchase of Student Malpractice Liability Insurance.
- Purchase of MEC Nursing student uniform upon admission into the first Nursing course.
- Meet all requirements as outlined by the Department.
New Policy for Clinical Nursing Students
Beginning in the Fall 2009 semester, all CUNY nursing departments will require applicants for admission into nursing clinicals to provide documentation in one of the following categories:
- U.S. Citizenship
- Permanent Residency
- International student with F1 Status, or who has been granted: Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. Government.
The CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling to all CUNY students regarding immigration status http://web.cuny.edu/about/citizenship.html
RETENTION/PROGRESSION THROUGH THE CERTIFICATE IN PRACTICAL NURSING (CPN)PROGRAM
Students may repeat one nursing course only once. If a student fails any two nursing courses the result will be dismissal from the nursing program. Each candidate in the CPN Program must:
- Satisfactorily complete the PN certificate curriculum as offered
- Complete program within three years
- Examinations are cumulative. Faculty reserve the right to test prior knowledge on all tests an any time
- Students are required to achieve certification in child abuse, infection control and domestic violence during the final semester of their course of study
- Students are required to submit appropriate money orders upon request
- No opportunity will be provided to repeat any nursing course more than once. A second time achieving a grade less than B- will result in automatic dismissal from the program. This policy is not negotiable!
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
- Obtain a “B-” or better in all nursing and science courses
Grades are earned as follows:
- (A+, 97-100) (A, 93-96.9) (A-, 90-92.9)
- (B+, 87.1-89.9) (B, 83-87) (B-, 80-82.9)
- (C+, 77.1-79.9) (C, 73-77)
- (D, 63-72)
- (F = 0-59)
- A= 4 points, A- = 3.7 points, B= 3 points, C= 2 points, D= 1 point
Readmission is not automatic. Students, who have not been in attendance for one (1) or more semesters, must apply for readmission, and meet all program requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Assessment of ability to meet program requirements is necessary. Students will not automatically enter into last course failed. Available seats may be a factor; therefore students are not guaranteed permission to return at time of request.
Medgar Evers College will award a Certificate in Practical Nursing upon the student's successful completion of all thirty-nine (39) Practical Nursing Program credits. Graduates are then eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Students are expected to complete the Program in no more than three (3) years.