Students can now graduate high school and reach the top level of nursing education and training without having to leave the Cumberland County College campus.The New Jersey Board of Nursing recently approved the college’s Licensed Practical Nurse program.
Thirty students are already enrolled for day and night courses in the one year program this fall, and upon completion will be eligible to take the state’s Licensed Practical Nurse exam. Jacqueline Galbiati, acting vice president of academic affairs and enrollment services, said students who graduate the LPN program can proceed through the college’s “career ladder” and enter programs to become registered nurses or go on to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “We’re trying to create a career center on site where students can come and participate in different levels of courses,” she said.
The college will cap its enrollment in the program for 30 students the first year and will then reevaluate it at the end of the year to decide if it should increase the number of students, Galbiati said.
There is demand for a LPN program locally, she said, adding the college has been getting calls about getting one for the past year