by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in
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 Pre-LPN.
The sequence of nursing courses
begins in the fall semester and continues through the end of June. Specific
admission requirements include:
of high school graduation or GED;
of MAT 028B, if applicable;
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;
of ENG 101 with a C or better; and
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:
professional behavior regarding responsibility and accountability, within the
legal and ethical standards of practice.
communicate with clients, significant others, members of the
interdisciplinary health team incorporating interpersonal, therapeutic, and
technological communication skills.
the nursing process as the strategy for clinical problem solving.
a caring, safe, therapeutic, and culturally sensitive, life-span approach
to client-centered care.
with interdisciplinary team in planning individualized client care.
proficiency with entry-level psychomotor skills.
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.