Practical Nurses impact patients’ lives and experience in hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, and homes. Working under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician, an LPN provides basic care, administers medications and injections, takes vital signs, assesses, plans, and implements patient care plans, maintains patient records, and observes and monitors patients’ response to treatment. The Massachusetts Board of Nursing defines a licensed practical nurse as one who has successfully completed an approved nursing education program, passed the state licensing exam, and met all other requirements for licensure. The career outlook for Licensed Practical Nurses is favorable as the Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the profession as one of the fastest growing profession in the United States. With a growth rate of 25% by 2022, the profession is well above the average growth rate of all professions. LPNs in Massachusetts earn a median hourly wage of $25.55 which translates to a yearly mean wage of $53,020.
MassBay Community College
Students completing the Board-approved Practical Nursing program at MassBay Community College will receive a certificate which will make them eligible to take the state’s NCLEX-PN exam. The daytime-only class concludes 10 months following the fall enrollment. The curriculum includes lecture, lab, and clinical experiences and focuses on patient-centered care as students develop skills in a broad range of nursing activities. Course topics include medical terminology, essentials of nutrition, the foundations of practical nursing, issues and trends in practical nursing, introduction to medical-surgical nursing, life span psychology, principles of pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, and care of the family. Courses must be taken concurrently and sequentially, and students must maintain a minimum grade C for progression in all the practical nursing courses. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, obtain a minimum grade C in MassBay’s Freshman English and Intermediate Algebra course, successfully complete a Reading Assessment Test with a score of 72 or higher, pass the HESI Admission exam with a score of 70% or better, complete anatomy and physiology within a 5-year timeframe, and provide proof of CPR certification. Upon acceptance to the program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation, obtain immunization and health records, and complete the CORI form to authorize a criminal records check. Tuition for the 49-credit program for resident students is $12,446.
- Website: http://www.massbay.edu/Academics/Health-Sciences/Nursing-Program/Practical-Nursing-Program.aspx
- Address: 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
- Phone: 781-239-3000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Lowell Technical High School
The Practical Nursing Program at Greater Lowell Technical High School gives high school graduates the opportunity to prepare for employment in an in-demand industry. The program runs for 40 weeks and includes 1097 hours of classroom and clinical instruction. The classroom instruction includes lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and presentations in the fundamentals of nursing, the role of the practical nurse, communication, legal and ethical issues, leadership, professionalism, medical-surgical nursing, mental health concepts, and issues and trends. The clinical experience, which takes place at various healthcare facilities, gives students the opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom. Successful graduates are eligible to take the state licensing exam. The program is available as both a daytime and evening/weekend option. The daytime division is open for admission every August and meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:35 pm. The evening division admits 40 new students every August and concludes in June. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm and every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Applicant must pass an entrance exam and submit an essay, provide an official high school transcript and post-secondary transcript, and submit to a criminal records check. Letters of references and a personal statement are also required to complete the enrollment process. Tuition for in-district students is $6,500. Out of district students pay $8,200. Financing is available through Pell Grants and Direct Loans for qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.gltech.org/home/practical-nursing-program
- Address: 250 Pawtucket Boulevard, Tyngsborough, MA 01879
- Phone: 978-454-5411
Northshore Community College
The Practical Nursing Program at Northshore Community College is a 10-month program that concludes with a certificate for successful students. The student-centered curriculum emphasizes the development of technical competencies, critical thinking and communication skills, and patient safety. Experienced faculty guides students’ development using relevant learning experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. Graduates of the Massachusetts Board-approved program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. Program candidates must submit an official high school transcript or GED, achieve the minimum required scores on the TEAS, obtain three letters of references, complete the Practical Nursing Questionnaire, and submit official transcripts of all college-level courses. Upon notification of acceptance to the program, the student must undergo a criminal background check, submit evidence of physical and emotional health, and obtain CPR certification and health insurance. Tuition for the 16-month program is $7,607 plus $1,200 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.northshore.edu/academics/programs/pnr
- Address: 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923
- Phone: (978) 762-4000
The Practical Nursing Certificate program at Quincy College begins every September. Full-time students complete the certificate requirements in 10 months, and part-time students take two years to graduate. The curriculum covers theoretical and practical studies in the biological and behavioral sciences and nursing. All students must attend the scheduled clinical experiences, which take place in a variety of healthcare settings. Acceptance to the program does not guarantee clinical placement as students must undergo a CORI check, random drug testing, and demonstrate physical and emotional competency. Full-time classes meet Monday through Friday for approximately 30 hours a week. Part-time students meet three times a week for approximately 20 hours. Course topics include college algebra, growth and development, human behavior, microbiology, nutrition, fundamentals of practical nursing, applied anatomy and physiology, introduction to care of the adult, medical-surgical nursing, and practical nursing across the continuum. Applicants must pass the nursing admissions exam (TEAS) and attend a nursing information session. Tuition for the 44 credit program is $20,054 plus expenses for textbooks, prerequisite courses, fees, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://www.quincycollege.edu/academic-divisions/nursing
- Address: 1250 Hancock St., Quincy Center, MA 02169
- Phone: (617) 405-5920