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Practical Nurse Certificate

Program Advisor: Susan St. John, RN, BSN, MA

Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing     

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).

Admission Requirements 

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:

  • documentation of high school graduation or GED;
  • completion of MAT 028B, if applicable;
  • 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.

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.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a certificate in this program a student must complete all program credits shown below and the additional requirements shown below also.

Program               48 Credits
BIO 150 Introduction to the Human Body 4
PSY 107 Introduction Psychology 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
LPN 142 Health Maintenance of the Adult & Aging (see footnote 2) 15
LPN 145 Gerontology Practicum 2
LPN 152 Health Alterations of the Adult & Aging (see footnote 2) 15
LPN 162 Health Care of the Family 6
Additional As Shown
Demonstrated College-Level Skills in Reading And Writing (see footnote 1)  
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.00
Minimum Cumulative Average In Program 2.00
Minimum Cumulative Average 2.000

Block For Practical Nurse Course Completion

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.

First Semester 15 Credits
LPN 142 Health Maintenance of the Adult and Aging (see footnote 2) 15

Winter Session

2 Credits 
LPN 145 Gerontology Practicum 2
Second Semester  15 Credits
LPN 152 Health Alterations of the Adult and Aging (see footnote 2) 15
Summer Session  6 Credits
LPN 162 Health Care of the Family 6

(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.

Footnotes:
1. BIO 150 or BIO 201 and BIO 202; PSY 107; and ENG 101 must be completed before admission to the program.
2. 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.
3. LPN 142 and LPN 152 incorporate a required Service Learning component each semester.
Note: All nursing faculty hold, as a minimum, professional Registered Nurse licensure in Massachusetts.
Note: Students must achieve a numerical grade of 75 or better in LPN designated courses and a grade of C or better in BIO, ENG and PSY courses.