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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program

The licensed practical nurse program at College of Southern Maryland prepares students for careers in hospitals, convalescent centers, clinics, home care, and physicians' offices. The program focuses on preparing individuals to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, of dentist. Program courses include: patient vital signs, critical thinking and technology, applying sterile dressings, patient health education, and assistance with examinations and treatment. Get more details below including other Maryland colleges that offer licensed practical nurse (LPN) program.

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at CSM is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission for more than 42 years.

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College of Southern Maryland (CSM)

One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD

The College of Southern Maryland, located in La Plata, Maryland, was founded in 1958 and was originally known as Charles COunty junior College. The school originally gave classes out of  La Plata High School at night, but in 1968 was given a building of its own that eventually became part of what is the main campus. The school's name was changed in 2000, and in 2008 celebrated 50 years of service to the community.

CSM is a public two year comprehensive community college, and as such offers programs that are either related to academic progress or assist in career training and development. Academic programs gear students toward transfer by providing an education that mirrors the first two years of a four year education. Upon completion, students will apply to a four year college or university to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree. Career programs provide students with a comprehensive education in a given area or industry with the intent to pursue long term employment upon completion. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment may do so if they are 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Interested individuals should supply a completed application, transcripts, test scores, pay all fees, and be prepared to take a placement exam. Participation in orientation and a meeting with a counselor prior to registration are also encouraged by CSM. Financial aid is awarded based on need as determined by an applicant's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with funds awarded in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.

Clubs and Organizations
CSM offers students a variety of social option in the form of clubs and organizations. Students may participate in one or more of these clubs, engaging in activities outside of an academic setting and allowing for a the exploration for a broad range of interests. Clubs and organizations also encourage social interaction and the exchange of ideas between students, and in some instances facilitate the development of various skills, including organization, leaderships, group management, teamwork, and others as based on the type of activities pursued. Clubs and organizations vary based on campus, a complete list may be found at the school or on the school's website.

Clubs and organizations include:

  • Biology Club
  • Cyber Security Club
  • Gamers United
  • True Expre$$ionz Poetry Club
  • Diversity Club

Students Enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. CSM offers a less than two-year award program in licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Students by Gender (2019)


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Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at CSM, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses


Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses employment is expected to grow at a rate of 16.3% from 2014 to 2024

Salary & Wages

  • Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division
    • Total Employment: 2
    • Average Hourly Rate: $24.36
    • Average Annual Salary: $50660
  • Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division
    • Total Employment: 4
    • Average Hourly Rate: $24.55
    • Average Annual Salary: $51070
  • Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division
    • Total Employment: 1
    • Average Hourly Rate: $25.46
    • Average Annual Salary: $52960

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants College of Southern Maryland accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, College of Southern Maryland may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Intercollegiate Athletics

College of Southern Maryland is a Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NJCAA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
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