Earn Your License and Start Working in Nursing in Just One Year

Practical Nursing Certificate

Now prepare for entry level practice in nursing and complete your certificate in just one year! College of Saint Mary offers a practical nursing certificate program. Our graduates earn state licensure pass rates at or above the national average.

Learn more about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information:

U.S. Department of Education Disclosures

Required Courses in Your Major

Introduction to Practical Nursing I

This course will introduce basic concepts and skills related to categories of normal human functioning including growth and development, selected alterations in categories of human functioning, nursing process, teaching/learning and professional development related to the care of adult patients. 

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. The selected alterations in categories of human function that will be studied include protect, sensory/perceptual, nutrition and elimination, growth and development and fluid-gas transport.

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. Practical nursing care surrounding emergent and urgent care situations will also be discussed. 

Maternal-Child Practical Nursing

This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion and disease process throughout the lifespan. You will explore the normal pregnancy experience along with selected alterations, care of the normal newborn with selected alterations, and health and illness of children and adolescents.

Transition to Practical Nursing Practice

In this course, you will address issues that have broad implications in the practice of nursing for licensed practical nurses. As a manager of care for selected patients, you will address principles related to coordination of care, prioritization, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. 

Introduction to Pharmacology

In this course, you will study selected classes of drugs, which includes: names, uses, mechanism of actions, systemic effects, adverse effects, compatibilities, contraindications and nursing implications. 

Psychosocial Concepts in Practical Nursing

In this course, you will address therapeutic and interdisciplinary communication concepts as well as the management of patients with normal psychosocial functioning and selected common psychiatric and behavioral conditions. 

Nutrition

This course will focus on the concepts of nutrition therapy and help you to understand and apply nutrition therapy with nursing interventions to assist selected patients in adapting to alterations in human functioning and health.

Integrating Practical Nursing Concepts

In this course, you will address physiological integrity of individuals with acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan, with a focus on basic care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapies and a reduction of risk potential.

Practical Nursing Clinical I

In this course, you will focus on the initial skills needed to care for the patient. The clinical laboratory and long-term care will be used as practice settings.

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. The long-term care area will be used as the practice setting.

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. Long-term care with skilled units and acute hospital sites will be used as practice setting. 

Maternal-Child Practical Nursing Clinical

In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected patients across the life span from fertilization through young adult. Acute-care, clinics, daycares and schools will be used as practice settings.

Transition to Practical Nursing Practical Clinical

In this course you will focus on applying the skills needed to act as manager of care for selected patients. The student will apply principles related to coordination of care and selected safety and infection control principles. Long term care facilities and clinics will be used as practice settings.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your practical nursing certificate, you must take 35 credit hours of major program courses and seven credit hours of supporting courses.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The practical nursing program and associate's degree program in nursing has Nebraska State Board of Nursing approval. 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 19 or higher with no subscores below 17, if taken in the last two years
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Submit a background check

Academic Description

Earn Your License and Start Working in Nursing in Just One Year

Practical Nursing Certificate

Now prepare for entry level practice in nursing and complete your certificate in just one year! College of Saint Mary offers a practical nursing certificate program. Our graduates earn state licensure pass rates at or above the national average.

Learn more about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information:

U.S. Department of Education Disclosures

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The practical nursing program and associate's degree program in nursing has Nebraska State Board of Nursing approval. 

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 19 or higher with no subscores below 17, if taken in the last two years
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Submit a background check

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Introduction to Practical Nursing I

This course will introduce basic concepts and skills related to categories of normal human functioning including growth and development, selected alterations in categories of human functioning, nursing process, teaching/learning and professional development related to the care of adult patients. 

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. The selected alterations in categories of human function that will be studied include protect, sensory/perceptual, nutrition and elimination, growth and development and fluid-gas transport.

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. Practical nursing care surrounding emergent and urgent care situations will also be discussed. 

Maternal-Child Practical Nursing

This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion and disease process throughout the lifespan. You will explore the normal pregnancy experience along with selected alterations, care of the normal newborn with selected alterations, and health and illness of children and adolescents.

Transition to Practical Nursing Practice

In this course, you will address issues that have broad implications in the practice of nursing for licensed practical nurses. As a manager of care for selected patients, you will address principles related to coordination of care, prioritization, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. 

Introduction to Pharmacology

In this course, you will study selected classes of drugs, which includes: names, uses, mechanism of actions, systemic effects, adverse effects, compatibilities, contraindications and nursing implications. 

Psychosocial Concepts in Practical Nursing

In this course, you will address therapeutic and interdisciplinary communication concepts as well as the management of patients with normal psychosocial functioning and selected common psychiatric and behavioral conditions. 

Nutrition

This course will focus on the concepts of nutrition therapy and help you to understand and apply nutrition therapy with nursing interventions to assist selected patients in adapting to alterations in human functioning and health.

Integrating Practical Nursing Concepts

In this course, you will address physiological integrity of individuals with acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan, with a focus on basic care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapies and a reduction of risk potential.

Practical Nursing Clinical I

In this course, you will focus on the initial skills needed to care for the patient. The clinical laboratory and long-term care will be used as practice settings.

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. The long-term care area will be used as the practice setting.

Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. Long-term care with skilled units and acute hospital sites will be used as practice setting. 

Maternal-Child Practical Nursing Clinical

In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected patients across the life span from fertilization through young adult. Acute-care, clinics, daycares and schools will be used as practice settings.

Transition to Practical Nursing Practical Clinical

In this course you will focus on applying the skills needed to act as manager of care for selected patients. The student will apply principles related to coordination of care and selected safety and infection control principles. Long term care facilities and clinics will be used as practice settings.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your practical nursing certificate, you must take 35 credit hours of major program courses and seven credit hours of supporting courses.