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).
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.
Students who are currently working to fulfill prerequisites for the LPN program should
contact Academic Advising at 413-236-1620 to discuss how these changes will impact their enrollment.
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. It is
strongly recommended that students begin the hepatitits B immunization process by
January 1. Accepted students may defer one time for a 1 year period.
Requirements: According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 76, Section
15C, General Laws of Massachusetts) and the BCC policy:
Recommended Immunization for Hepatitis B: 3 doses of the Engerix-B or Recombivax--HB formulations of the hepatitis B vaccine
on a 0, 1, and 6 month schedule, OR 2 doses of the Heplisav-B formulation on a 0 and
1 month schedule. Test for hepatitis B surface antibody* (anti-HBs) 1–2 months after
the final dose in the series to document immunity. (Obtain a titer to document immunity.)* Those
without immunity (anti-HBs <10 mIU/mL) should receive one or more additional doses
of HepB vaccine and retesting.
Required Immunization Process for Hepatitis B**: 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccination OR Laboratory evidence of immunity acceptable.*
Other Required Immunizations:
- Tdap: 1 dose; and history of a DTaP primary series or age appropriate catch-up vaccination.
Tdap given at ≥7 years may be counted, but a dose at age 11-12 is recommended if Tdap
was given earlier as part of a catch- up schedule. Td should be given if it has been
≥10 years since Tdap.
- MMR: 2 doses; first dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday and the 2nd dose must
be given ≥28 days after dose 1 OR laboratory titer proof of immunity*
- Varicella: 2 doses; first dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday and 2nd dose must
be given ≥28 days after dose 1 OR medical proof of disease OR laboratory evidence
of immunity acceptable *
- Tb: Tuberculosis negative test within the year OR a negative chest x-ray within the last
five years (Must be kept current throughout the program)
- Influenza — 1 dose of TIV IM or LAIV intranasally every flu season is required when available
(usually September/October), for all nursing students.
- Meningococcal: 1 dose; 1 dose MenACWY (formerly MCV4) required for all full-time students 21 years
of age or younger. The dose of MenACWY vaccine must have been received on or after
the student’s 16th birthday. Doses received at younger ages do not count towards this
requirement. Students may decline MenACWY vaccine after they have read and signed
the MDPH Meningococcal Information and Waiver Form provided by their institution.
Meningococcal B vaccine is not required and does not meet this requirement.
*Antibody blood tests (titers) must include laboratory report as proof of immunity.
**Nursing students must comply with the immunization requirements of their clinical
site. For example, if a clinical site requires a positive hepatitis B titer result
but allows a waiver, students must either document immunity or submit the required
Requirements must be submitted to Donna Connors in the Immunization Record Office
at BCC, Room A-100, located in SBA.
August 1 — for all students admitted to program prior to July 1st.
August 31 — for students admitted to program between July 1st and August 15th
After August 15 admittance — please see the Director of Nursing for assistance in
meeting this requirement in sufficient time to attend clinical experiences.
Consequences of failure to comply
Students who do not meet all health requirements by the required dates will be removed
from the program and will need to apply for re-admission. A student will not be allowed
to participate in the clinical experience without all health requirements fully completed.
Graduates of the program should be able to:
Effectively communicate with clients, significant others, members of the interdisciplinary
health team incorporating interpersonal, therapeutic, and technological communication
Demonstrate a caring, safe, therapeutic, and culturally sensitive, life-span approach
to client-centered care.
Program Completion Requirements
To earn a certificate in this program a student must complete all program credits
shown below and the additional requirements shown below also.
Demonstrated College-Level Skills in Reading and Writing (see footnote 1)
|Minimum Cumulative Average Overall
|Minimum Cumulative Average In Program
|Minimum Cumulative Average
The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year.The actual time
to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.
For information about typical program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates,
and jobs associated with this program, read the Gainful Employment Disclosure
- BIO-150 or BIO-201 and BIO-202; PSY-107; and ENG-101 must be completed before admission to the program.
- LPN-142 and LPN-152 incorporate a required Service Learning component each semester.
Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies. All incoming
students are required to have completed a CPR certificate for healthcare providers
through the American Heart Association; Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (2-year certification) or the American Red Cross; CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers (2-year certification) prior to their first clinical experience and maintain certification
throughout the program. BCC will not admit student concurrently into any two of the
following degree or certificate programs: Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory
Care, LPN or Nursing.
All nursing faculty hold, as a minimum, professional Registered Nurse licensure in
The College reserves the right to make changes at any time with respect to course
offerings, degree requirements, services provided, cost of attendance, or any other