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Courses & Requirements

The Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills essential for safe, effective entry level practical nursing practice. This option 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). Nursing courses provide clinical experiences in health care settings, in addition to classroom study and laboratory practice. A student must maintain a grade of C or better in all required courses in order to move to the next level and to graduate from the program. Admission to the PN option is criterion based. A student may apply for readmission to this option one time, according to program policy. Many students complete most general education courses prior to the start of Practical Nursing I. The ADN Option provides Advanced Placement for the LPN. A minimum of 47 credit hours are required for graduation.


The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, Georgia 30326; (404) 975-5000

Additional Admissions Criteria

Enrollment Services will provide additional admissions criteria for this program. Admission Criteria can be found on Health Required Forms.

Information Session Dates:

The dates of Nursing Information Sessions can be found on the Health Information Sessions.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.


Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider/ Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

Drug Screening:

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.


Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance:

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.


Courses Credits Comments
BIO121 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Prerequisite
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Prerequisite
NUR113 Pharmacology I 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
NUR123 Pharmacology II 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS105 Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS110 Practical Nursing I 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS111 Practical Nursing Clinical I 4 Prerequisite,Corequisite
PNS112 Practical Nursing Lab I 1 Prerequisite,Corequisite
PNS120 Practical Nursing II 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS121 Practical Nursing Clinical II 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS122 Practical Nursing Lab II 1 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS130 Practical Nursing III 6 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PNS131 Practical Nursing Clinical III 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3 Corequisite
PSY110 Lifespan Psychology 3 Prerequisite
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