New Practical Nursing Program Starts this Fall at SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is broadening the spectrum of its career-driven healthcare options by adding a Practical Nursing program.

The one-year certificate program will begin this fall alongside the College’s recently added four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“The Practical Nursing program rounds out our nursing options to serve a greater population,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students can come for the one-year certificate, two-year Registered Nurse major, the four-year bachelor’s in nursing, or progress through all three programs. Students in all of these programs will have fantastic career opportunities waiting for them when they graduate.”

Nursing Students

Nurses from all three programs are in high-demand locally and nationwide. According to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of LPNs is expected to grow 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

“The Nursing program perfectly reflects our ladder curricula, where students start in a one-year program and then stay for a two or four-year degree,” said William R. Trumble, the College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We’ve seen fantastic success by students who choose to utilize this approach to their education.”

The program was designed to meet the needs of local health care organizations as well as those of the incoming students, according to Nursing Program Director John F. Conklin. “Previously, students would have to commute to Saranac Lake or Watertown to earn a similar degree,” Conklin said. “Were it not for this degree, we could very well have seen a decrease in qualified staffing here in St. Lawrence County.”

Career opportunities for LPNs include hospitals, nursing homes, mental health institutions, private homes, community health clinics, and public health departments.

Coursework in the program covers English, anatomy and physiology, psychology, and nursing courses that include supervised clinical practice in a patient care setting.

“Students who graduate from our Practical Nursing program will have met the prerequisites for admission into the RN program,” Conklin added. “They can also accumulate additional college credits through electives and supplementary courses that will help no matter where life leads.”

SUNY Canton is now accepting applications for admission into the competitive one-year Practical Nursing program. For more information, or to apply, contact the SUNY Canton Office of admissions at 315.386.7123, 1.800.386.7123, or email

“We’d encourage prospective students to apply to this program as soon as possible,” Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent said. “All of our nursing programs are highly competitive and spots fill up quickly with extremely qualified students. The Practical Nursing program is particularly appealing because students know that they can begin their career with a terrific job after just one year of study.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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