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Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next NLN exam?

The NLN (National League for Nursing) exam is given once each semester. Registration is completed online through the NLN website. Please note, you must be a student at the College and registered for at least one class during the semester when the test is given. A current college ID is your admission into the testing site. Exam dates will be posted via a general broadcast through BCC e-mail.

Is there a book I can buy to study?

Yes, the book is the National League for Nursing’s Review Guide for LPN/LVN Pre-Entrance Exam (3rd Edition). It is available at Akademos, the college's online bookstore.

How much does the exam cost?

The cost is $70 and is non-refundable. If you do not show up on the day of the exam, you do not get your money back. You must wait for the next exam date and repay the fee.

I already took the NLN, what did I get?

Your scores are mailed directly to your home. In order to pass, each score in the percentile column (the last column) must be at the 35th percentile or higher. If any one number is less than 35, that is an unsuccessful score.

When does the program start?

A new freshman class is admitted in the fall semester only. We do not admit in the spring.

What do I have to do to get into the program?

First you must be a student at the College. If you are not, contact the Office of Admission at 718-289-5888. When you complete your application, enter the code for LPN, 3803.

Can I start this fall?

That will depend upon where you are in your preparation for admission to the program. The first steps are applying to the College, taking college placement exams, and taking prerequisite courses (ENG 11, PSY 11, CMS 11, BIO 23).

I am already a student at BCC and wish to change my curriculum. What do I do now?

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the program:

  • Have a score of 35/30 on M1 and M2 (or better) on the CUNY COMPASS math assessment exam
  • Have completed the pre-clinical sequence classes ENG 11, CMS 11, PSY 11 and BIO 23 with a grade of C or better in each class (no C-); C+ for BIO 23 (may be repeated once)
  • Have taken theNLN exam and have scored in the 35th percentile or higher on all three components
  • Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 or better
  • There are NO EXCEPTIONS to any of these requirements

If you meet the requirements, or are in the process of completing these requirements, you should go to the registrar and fill out a change of curriculum form. It will then be sent to the department for review and approval.

How do I find out what I got on the CUNY M1 and M2 math exam?

Visit the Math Department in Carl Polowczyk Hall, room 315. They will not give scores out over the phone. Ask for a “green card.” They will fill out a card for you with your scores.

How long is the program and how much does it cost?

The program is approximately three semesters and a summer, not including the pre-clinical course work. The cost is according to the CUNY tuition scale. Contact the registrar at 718-289-5710 for further information.

I have attended college before, can my credits be transferred?

When you apply, you will provide all of your previous college information to admissions. Up to 30 qualified credits may be transferred in. The registrar handles all transfers.

Have I been accepted to the program?

Everyone who has been accepted and who is eligible to begin the nursing courses should have received a letter stating his or her acceptance and the date of registration. If your letter states that you need to supply additional documents, you should bring them to registration.

When is registration?

Early advisement and registration occurs at the end of each semester. A letter of invitation with the date and time will be sent to students who have completed all requirements and are ready to start in the fall semester of that year.

I already have a degree. Do I still have to meet all the requirements?

Yes. Everyone who enters the program must meet the program requirements. If you have already taken the pre-clinical courses at your other college, those may be transferred in. Nursing courses are NOT transferable and you must take the CUNY COMPASS math exam even if you were exempt from the test at your other institution.

I’m in the RN program, can I switch?

Yes. Follow the procedures for change of curriculum.

Do you have a Nurse’s Aide program?

The Nurse’s Aide curriculum is embedded within the LPN curriculum. Currently we do not have a stand-alone program.

I heard there is a one-year program, is that true?

Not here at the College. Contact the Board of Education Continuing Education.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the Licensed Practical Nursing Program?


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