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Practical Nursing (PN)
Welcome to MassBay's Practical Nursing Program
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 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under their own license in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. Licensed Practical Nurses work with patients that have predictable outcomes and their responsibilities include, direct patient care in a clinic, home, or health care setting. LPN’s are valued members of the health care team and are responsible for assessing, and treating patients in accordance with best nursing practice.
WHAT IS MASSBAY’S PRACTICAL NURSING (PN) PROGRAM?
Classes are offered during days (10-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 10-12 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.
Admission criteria 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 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 hyperlink at bottom of this page.
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 received Candidacy status Fall 2015 with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 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.