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Start Your Career as a Practical Nurse

4 Nursing students in a mock treatment room with a 'patient' on the bed.
If you are seeking a career in nursing, beginning as a practical nurse is a great way to start. The Practical Nursing Certificate at NECC includes classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experiences to prepare you for an entry level job as a practical nurse.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC’s program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. As a successful graduate of the program you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). You can also apply credits earned to NECC’s associate degree in nursing, which also offers an advanced placement option for licensed practical nursing. In this program you will:

  • Learn about human anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology
  • Compete a sequence of nurse training courses including significant laboratory work
  • Benefit from multiple supervised experiences in clinical care settings
  • Gain the skills to provide effective, safe, entry-level patient care
  • Prepare for a career that is emotionally and financially rewarding

Because of NECC

You will be well prepared to take the national certification exam and begin a career working in a variety of practical nursing roles. Upon completion of the program you can:

  • Take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)
  • Work for long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, home health care, rehabilitation centers, and more
  • Apply credits toward NECC’s Associate Degree in Nursing, or the Nursing Advanced Placement LPN to RN

 

Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes

 

Career Paths & Job Market

Job Opportunities
Career Paths
Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Contact

Director of Nursing
PN Level Coordinator
Faculty Contact Information

Additional Information

Accreditation
Program Effectiveness Data

Required Documents

Criteria Packets
Technical Standards
CORI/CHRI/SORI

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment for the Practical Nursing Certificate
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