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Practical Nursing Program

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Welcome to MassBay's Practical Nursing Program

Overview


WHAT IS A LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (“LPN”)?
The licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a nurse who has successfully completed a practical nursing program, and has passed the NCLEX-PN, the state licensing exam. He/she may be employed in many different areas within the health care continuum: hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, and doctor's offices, to name just a few.

WHAT ROLES DOES A PRACTICAL NURSE HAVE AND WHERE DO THEY WORK?
Practical nurses provide nursing care for medical surgical patients in the hospital/or skilled nursing facility. The practical nurse works under the supervision of a registered professional nurse; in a hospital setting, they may share many of the same responsibilities such as: direct patient care, personal hygiene, medication administration, and changes to surgical dressings. In more complex situations the licensed practical nurse functions as assistant to the registered nurse.

WHAT IS MASSBAY’S PRACTICAL NURSING (PN) PROGRAM?
Classes are offered during both days (10-month program) and evenings (16-month program). New students are enrolled in the fall semester. The program focuses on theory and practice in a broad range of nursing activities. You will learn to effectively use the nursing process to gather data, contribute to diagnosis and patient care. Formal classroom study takes place at MassBay’s Framingham MA campus. Clinical experiences take place at area health care facilities including both acute care and long term care settings.

WHAT MAKES PRACTICAL NURSING A GOOD CAREER CHOICE?

  • Short-term Training: MassBay’s program is only 12-15 months long, including both lecture and lab/clinical practice.
  • Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 15% from 2008-2018.
  • Good Pay: Typical entry-level wage is approximately $15/hr.
  • Room for Advancement: The LPN can move up to a Registered Nurse (RN) with additional education and training.
  • Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance and 401(k) retirement savings plan.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:


Students that apply for Fall 2014 admission to MassBay's Practical Nursing (PN) program, and all applicants thereafter, will be using the new admission/selection guidelines. This includes taking the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (sometimes referred to as the “HESI” or “HESI A2” test). This exam must be taken prior to the Fall 2014 admission application period deadline. Please check MassBay's HESI A2 PN Admission Exam web page for further instructions and updates on the testing process. Carefully review the steps you must follow to register for and take the HESI A2 Exam. Please also see Courses & Admission Requirements hyperlinks at bottom of this page.


Accreditation/Certification/Licensure:


Program graduates are awarded certificates in Practical Nursing. MassBay’s Practical Nursing program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. MassBay’s Practical Nursing Program has submitted an application for accreditaton to the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road, N.E. Suite 850; Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Phone (404) 975-5000. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice as a practical nurse. Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths, and could work in many different settings including hospitals, long term care, outpatient treatment facilities, and home health care agencies.


Questions:


If you have questions, please attend an upcoming health program information session. Check out our Info Session schedule and sign up today under "All Other Health Science Programs". Also read our MassBay Practical Nursing FAQs.


Courses & Admission Requirements: