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About our Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are integral members of the healthcare team and function under direct or indirect supervision of an experienced registered nurse. SMCC’s LPN certificate program is designed to prepare students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam upon completion of the program.

What opportunities does this program provide?

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Certificate Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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  • A high school diploma or GED/HiSET/High School Equivalency Diploma
  • A B- (2.75) or better in:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
    • English Composition
    • Dosage Calculations
  • The following nursing entrance test scores the ATI TEAS for the Nurse (RN) Program:
    • Math – 68.8% or higher
    • Reading – 72.3% or higher
    • English – 66.7% or higher
    • Science – 57.4% or higher
    • Total Score – 66.1% or higher
    • Learn more about the ATI TEAS
  • Required: Attend a Nursing Info Session

Related Programs

Not ready to commit to a certificate program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

Accreditation, Outcome Data & Licensure Information


The PN Program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing,
161 Capitol Street
158 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0158(207) 287-1133

Please note: The Maine State Board of Nursing may refuse to grant a license on the basis of criminal history record information relating to convictions denominated in Title 5, Chapter 341, Section 5301, Subsection 2 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated (MRSA).

Effective February 23, 2024, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on February 23, 2026.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Graduation Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Systematically apply the nursing process to provide care to clients in a variety of health care settings.
  • Demonstrate Patient-centered caring behaviors and actions that result in an environment of respect and trust.
  • Adhere to professional behaviors within legal, ethical, and practice standards.
  • Demonstrates minimal practice of clinical judgment that results in safe outcomes.
  • *PN Only: Assume PN scope of responsibility for self-directed, goal-oriented growth.
  • At least 70% of entering students complete the PN Program within two years—results pending.
  • The program’s annual licensure examination pass rate is 80% or greater for all first-time test takers during the same 12-months—results pending.
  • At Least 80% of graduates report employment as a practical nurse within 6 months of graduation—results pending.

Costs & Financial Aid

This certificate program may specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

For more information about this program, contact:
Nursing Department: Aidan Fennessy, 207-741-5590 or

Edie Forbes, 207-741-5794 or

For information about enrollment, including transferring credits, contact:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

For questions about this career path contact:
Department Chair: Jessica Dreves, 207-741-5776 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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