Queens, NY, Schools with LPN Programs
Individuals in the Queens, NY, area can pursue licensed practical nurse (LPN) training at three public schools affiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY) system. In addition to LPN certificate programs, all three community colleges offer associate's degrees in registered nursing. Find overviews of the programs below, and use the accompanying table to compare program costs. Following the table is a brief overview of two other school options.
- At 6.2 miles, CUNY LaGuardia Community College is the closest to downtown Queens and has the highest student enrollment.
- CUNY Hostos Community College in the Bronx is located approximately seven miles from downtown Queens and serves as home to the Gonzales-Tubman Nursing Club.
- At 8.5 miles, CUNY Bronx Community College is the furthest away from downtown Queens and offers volunteer opportunities through its Nursing Club.
Comparison of Schools
As noted in the table below, undergraduate tuition rates at the three featured schools are almost the same, and all three schools offer open admissions. The largest school on the list, LaGuardia Community College, also has the highest graduation rates and highest retention rates for full-time students.
|CUNY LaGuardia Community College||CUNY Hostos Community College||CUNY Bronx Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||19,373||7,211||10,935|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)8||$5,218 in-state; $8,098 out-of-state||$5,208 in-state; $8,088 out-of-state||$5,206 in-state; $8,086 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014)*||77%||90%||89%|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2014)*||64% for full-time students; 30% for part-time students||61% for full-time students; 44% for part-time students||59% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate (2014)*||23% (14% transfer-out rate)||20% (13% transfer-out rate)||16% (13% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
The Health, Mathematics and Science Division at CUNY LaGuardia Community College offers 13 health sciences programs. Curricula for these certificate and associate's degree programs combine academic coursework with hands-on training to prepare students for licensing exams upon graduation.
The 48-credit-hour LPN certificate program at CUNY LaGuardia Community College includes pre-clinical coursework in anatomy, physiology and psychology. Students also complete 32 credit hours of nursing courses covering topics in the art of nursing, mental health nursing, surgical nursing, parent-child nursing and fundamentals of practical nursing. This core nursing curriculum takes about a year to complete. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
CUNY Hostos Community College
CUNY Hostos Community College's Allied Health Science Department offers career training programs to students interested in serving the South Bronx community. In addition to nursing degrees and certificates, students can pursue programs in radiologic technology and dental hygiene.
This 4-semester LPN certificate can also prepare graduates for the NCLEX-PN exam. After meeting prerequisite requirements and passing assessment tests, students take foundational courses in anatomy and physiology, lifespan development of behavior, ethnicity health and illness and general psychology. More advanced courses cover pharmacology, microbiology and maternal nursing. Two semesters of clinical nursing courses are also required.
CUNY Bronx Community College
CUNY Bronx Community College offers over 40 degree and certificate programs. In addition to educating prospective nurses, the Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Department offers training in radiologic technology.
Students enrolled in the 56-credit-hour LPN certificate program at CUNY Bronx Community College complete coursework during the evenings and on weekends. Program applicants must pass a series of writing, reading and pre-nursing assessment exams and have a GPA of at least 2.7 in preclinical courses to be admitted. Core courses teach students about mental health, nutrition, surgical nursing, pharmacology, pediatric nursing, infection control and psychiatric nursing.
Other School Options
Other nearby schools with LPN programs include CUNY Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and Veeb Nassau County School of Practical Nursing in Hicksville, NY. These schools are located between 20 and 25 minutes from Queens.