Certificate in Practical Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions
What nursing programs does Medgar Evers College (MEC) offer?
MEC offers a Practical Nursing (PN), an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
How long are the nursing programs?
The Practical Nursing program is 18 months \3 semesters; the Registered Nursing program is two years; the Bachelor in Science of nursing program is 2 years (2 additional years after the Registered Nursing program)
Can I apply to take the Practical Nursing program in the evening?
No, the Practical Nursing program’s courses are scheduled Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm.
When can I apply for the Practical Nursing program?
The application filing period for the Practical Nursing admission is held every fall semester. The Practical Nursing program commences once yearly (every spring semester).
Can I apply directly to the Practical Nursing program if I am not a MEC student?
No. All applicants must have current student status at MEC prior to taking the NLN and filing an application for admission into the Practical Nursing program.
What are the prerequisite courses and how long are they?
There are no prerequisite courses for the Practical Nursing program, however prospective applicants who have taken liberal arts and science courses must achieve at least a 2.7 overall GPA with a minimum grade of “ C “ in ENGL 112, and “ B- “ in BIO 104, or BIO 150/ BIO 151 or BIO 251.
Is there an entrance exam to get into the Practical Nursing program?
Yes, prospective applicants must take the National League of Nursing (NLN) pre-entrance exam (PAX). The NLN–PN pre-entrance exam is usually administered in the fall semester in order to meet the spring semester program commencement date.
How do I apply to the Practical Nursing program?
Prospective applicants must contact the Student Advocacy and Support Services (SASS) to seek advisement and determine eligibility. All eligible applicants can then register for the NLN-PN exam. The SASS center phone number is: 718-270-5170
Is there a waiting list for the Practical Nursing program?
No. Prospective applicants must apply and complete the NLN-PN each year they seek admissions into the Practical Nursing program. However science courses are good for five years. Applicants that were not successful with their first attempt may reapply in the fall application period each year.
Is there a bridge agreement from the Practical Nursing program to the Associates Registered Nursing program?
No, currently both Practical Nursing and registered nursing programs are generic. Prospective applicants must meet admission criteria outlined for each program.
The Practical Nursing Program is registered by the State Education Department: (518) 486-2967;
Member: Council of Practical Nursing Programs