Wor-Wic's certificate and associate degree nursing programs are approved by the
Maryland Board of Nursing. Students complete clinical experiences, in addition to
studying nursing theory and general education subjects. High school or college courses
in biology and chemistry are strongly recommended.
The certificate program in practical nursing is designed to prepare graduates for
jobs as licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Graduates who pass the examination in
Maryland for licensure as LPNs can give nursing care under the direction of other
health care providers in a variety of settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.
This program is approved as part of Maryland's statewide LPN to ADN articulation
agreement. The certificate program is based on concepts from the physical, biological
and social sciences.
Nursing Career Opportunities
Intended Learning Goals
Graduates of the certificate program should be able to:
- Provide individualized nursing care to clients experiencing self-care deficits;
- Use a variety of communication skills to establish effective communication;
- Provide basic self-care information to clients who require support to restore or maintain health and meet self-care needs;
- Plan and organize their own assignments in a variety of settings to provide a safe, effective care environment; and
- Be responsible for their own nursing practice within accepted ethical and legal parameters.
The associate of science degree program is a registered nursing education program
for those with a practical nursing education. This program is designed to prepare
graduates for jobs as registered nurses (RNs). Graduates who pass the examination
in Maryland for licensure as RNs can give nursing care in a variety of settings,
where they may also provide direction to others in the technical aspects of nursing.
There are two pathways into the associate degree program: 1) the direct progression
pathway that builds upon the foundation of the college’s practical nursing program
for students who complete Wor-Wic’s practical nursing program; and 2) the LPN to
ADN pathway for LPNs who have an active unencumbered Maryland or compact state LPN
license. Students in the LPN to ADN pathway receive 16 credits for their prior nursing
education course work.
This program is approved as part of Maryland's statewide RN to B.S.N. articulation
agreement. Graduates are granted up to 70 credit hours of direct transfer credit
for their Wor-Wic course work when they enroll in one of the BSN programs in the
University of Maryland system. Students who complete Wor-Wic’s associate degree
program also have the option of completing 16 additional credits in specified course
work at Wor-Wic and transferring to Wilmington University, where they can take 34
additional specified credits to earn a B.S.N.
Graduates of the associate degree program should be able to:
- Provide individualized nursing care to clients experiencing selfcare deficits;
- Use a variety of communication skills and techniques to establish and maintain effective
- Implement individualized teaching plans for clients who need information or support
to promote, maintain or restore health;
- Manage nursing care for a group of clients with common/complex, well-defined health
problems in a variety of settings; and
- Practice nursing within accepted ethical and legal parameters.
Due to the limited number of spaces available in these programs, selection is on
a competitive basis. Interested individuals must follow the procedures in the Nursing Admission Information packet, which is available in the nursing department, in the
admissions office or on the college website. In order to be considered for admission
in the fall, prospective students must complete the admission requirements by the
first Friday in June. Those interested in admission in the spring must complete
the admission requirements by the first Friday in October.
In order to graduate with a certificate or associate of science degree, students
must obtain a grade of "C" or better in all nursing, biology and mathematics courses.
Students must also meet all clinical objectives and maintain current cardiopulmonary
resuscitation certification while enrolled in clinical nursing courses.
For additional information about the nursing program, contact
Nursing Department Head.
Gainful Employment Disclosures
51.3901 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
In compliance with federal gainful employment disclosure requirements, Wor-Wic provides
prospective students with on-time completion rates, median loan debt and other information
related to certificate program options.
Practical Nursing Certificate of Proficiency