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 fullfill prerequites 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. Accepted
students may defer one time for a 1 year period.
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