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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 National licensing exam. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under their own license in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws.
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. Licensed Practical Nurses work with patients that have predictable outcomes and their responsibilities include, direct patient care hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, doctor's offices, clinics to name just a few. 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?
This is a 10-month day program that starts in the Fall semester. The program focuses on nursing theory and practice. You will learn to effectively use the nursing process to gather data and plan patient care. Formal classroom instruction takes place at the MassBay Framingham, MA campus. Clinical experiences take place at area health care facilities.
WHAT MAKES PRACTICAL NURSING A GOOD CAREER CHOICE?
- Short-term Training: MassBay’s program is only 10 months long, including both lecture and lab/clinical practice.
- Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 12% from 2016-2026.
- Good Pay: Typical entry-level wage is approximately $23/hr.
- Room for Advancement: The LPN can continue their nursing education to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
- Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance and 401(k) retirement savings plan.
Admission criteria include 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 Exam for PN Admission 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. For information on the admission process and requirements please visit the Selective Admissions webpage.
Program graduates are awarded certificates in Practical Nursing. MassBay’s Practical Nursing program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), a required exam for practice as a practical nurse.
The MassBay nursing program at MassBay Community College at the Framingham Campus located in Framingham, Massachusetts is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Year of Initial Accreditation:
April 10, 2019
October 5-8, 2020
Most Recent Action:
March 2021 — Accredited
Next Evaluation Visit:
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) | Accredited Programs →
Why choose Massbay’s Practical Nursing program?
The Practical Nursing Program has had a 100% NCLEX–PN pass rate for 2017 through 2020. The program is committed to continuous quality improvement. For more details, please view the PN end of program outcomes and PN program updates.
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Courses & Admission Requirements
Please refer to the Practical Nursing Option curriculum sheet.
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