Practical Nurse Certificate

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).

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Tochi O. Ubani, B.S., D.N.P.
Director of Nursing

Approved by: The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

Admission Requirements

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.

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.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit a
    BCC Admission Application
  2. Attend a mandatory info session — Register Now
  3. Submit a Practical Nurse Certificate Matriculation Form
  • Expected Outcomes

    Graduates 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 skills.

    • 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.

Program Completion Requirements

For information about typical program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program, read the Gainful Employment Disclosure


  1. BIO-150 or BIO-201 and BIO-202; PSY-107; and ENG-101 must be completed before admission to the program.
  2. LPN-142 and LPN-152 incorporate a required Service Learning component each semester.
Important Notices

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 Massachusetts.

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 subject.