Practical Nursing Certificate

Have you ever imagined yourself working as a team with doctors and registered nurses? Could you imagine spending your workday providing direct patient care, managing the care of a group of patients, and assisting physicians and registered nurses during treatments and examinations? Then maybe the Practical Nursing field is right for you!

Our Program
Job Skills and Employment Opportunities
Hands-On Learning
The proof is in our Practical Nursing graduates!

Admission Procedure To The PN Clinical Class
Gainful Employment Program Reporting

Please refer to the catalog for curriculum requirements.

Our Program

Frederick Community College offers you a certificate in Practical Nursing. The Practical Nursing (PN) certificate requires 43 credit hours and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, you are eligible to take the examination for PN licensure.

The clinical portion of the Practical Nursing program is one year in length. However, because of prerequisite courses, demands of the clinical experience and personal responsibilities, the entire curriculum will take at least two years. In order to be eligible for the clinical portion, you will need to apply for the program, take placement tests, complete all prerequisites with a "C" or better, and apply to the PN program by February 1.

Students in the Practical Nursing program combine with students in the Associate Degree Nursing program in the fall semester for NU 101, Introduction to Clinical Nursing, and in the spring semester for NU 210, Reproductive Health Nursing, and NU 211, Medical Surgical Nursing I. PN certificate majors must take the eight-week summer session to complete all certificate requirements and become eligible to take the LPN licensure exam. During this 8-week session, PN students complete program requirements by taking PN 112, Nursing through Developmental Stages, and PN 113, Issues in Practical Nursing.


Job Skills and Employment Opportunities

Whether you want to work in a hospital or in a doctor’s office, you will find employment opportunities that match your interests. LPNs are employed in long-term care facilities, hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, home care, and other community agencies. Employment needs will be in greatest demand in long term care facilities, home health care, physician’s clinics, and emergency/ambulatory care centers.


Hands-On Learning

Students enrolled in the program will participate in hands-on learning in on-campus laboratories and through clinical rotations at a variety of clinical settings, including long-term care facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and some community agencies.


The proof is in our Practical Nursing graduates!

"The experience has been very positive for me. Prior to my current job as an LPN, I worked for years as a certified nursing assistant. The program definitely prepared me for my responsibilities as an LPN. Upon graduation from the program, I was offered the very first job that I applied for. I am an older student and a single mom with four children; the teachers helped me be successful and kept me balanced. They went beyond being just a teacher; they were my friends. It is a good program, and I will continue to learn in my job for the next 20 years!"

–Anita Dove, LPN
Graduate of the Practical Nursing Program
Class of 2000

We take a personal interest in you!
Rebecca Lohmeyer, practical nursing program Manager, and Jane Garvin, director of nursing, take a personal interest in helping their students achieve their career aspirations! Start today on your future nursing career by contact the nursing department or allied health advisor, for more information about the program.


  • Allied Health Advisor: 301.846.2471
  • Nursing Program: 301.846.2524

Contact Information

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General Information for
Prospective Students:


Counseling & Advising:
email advising
Phone: 301.846.2471

Program Manager:
Vanessa Lovato, RN, MS
Interim Director of Nursing Education
Phone: 301-846-2607