Approved by the Massachusetts
Board of Registration in Nursing
Advisor: Susan St. John, RN, BSN, MA 413-236-4733
Social, technological, and economic changes in
today's society make nursing one of the most dynamic areas of health care.
There are job opportunities for practical nurses in Berkshire County and
throughout the country.
The primary employment setting for graduates of
the Practical Nurse Certificate Program is in nursing homes. Upon graduation,
students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination
(NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Students must submit an application and Practical
Nurse Certificate Matriculation form. Potential students who have met all
admission requirements are accepted into the program on a space available
basis. Applicants who do not initially meet the admission requirements may
take courses to become eligible by enrolling in BCC's Liberal Arts program in
The sequence of nursing courses begins in the
fall semester and continues through the end of June. Specific admission
· documentation of high school
graduation or GED;
· completion of MAT 028B, if
· completion of BIO 150, or BIO
201 and BIO 202, with a "C" or better within the last seven years.
BIO 201 and 202 may be taken in lieu of BIO 150 to facilitate mobility into
the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program;
· completion of ENG 101 with a C
or better; and
· completion of PSY 107 with a C
or better (see footnote 1).
All students entering the Practical Nurse program
must be immunized (or be in process) by March 1 prior to the academic year
for which they are seeking admission. Accepted students may defer one time
for a 1 year period.
of the program should be able to:
· Demonstrate professional
behavior regarding responsibility and accountability, within the legal and
ethical standards of practice.
· Effectively communicate with
clients, significant others, members of the interdisciplinary health team
incorporating interpersonal, therapeutic, and technological communication
· Utilize the nursing process as
the strategy for clinical problem solving.
· Demonstrate a caring, safe,
therapeutic, and culturally sensitive, life-span approach
to client-centered care.
· Collaborate with
interdisciplinary team in planning individualized client care.
· Demonstrate proficiency with
entry-level psychomotor skills.
· Apply leadership skills in the
structured health setting by delegating appropriate aspects of care to
unlicensed assistive personnel.
a certificate in this program a student must complete all program credits
shown below and the additional requirements shown below also.