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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


Director of Nursing
PN Level Coordinator
Faculty Contact Information

Additional Information

Program Effectiveness Data

Required Documents

Criteria Packets
Technical Standards

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment for the Practical Nursing Certificate
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