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Start Your Career as a Nurse With Our Practical Nursing Certificate

Four Practical Nursing Certificate students in a simulation hospital 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 and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for Practical Nursing.

Career Paths & Job Market

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

There is a growing market for LPNs. See the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information, including median expected salaries. As working professions, LPNs may specialize in a particular disease, ailment or condition. They can practice in a variety of settings and may specialize in a particular disease, ailment or condition or they may provide basic care to patients. Most LPNs work alongside registered nurses, physicians, surgeons, and other health care practitioners. LPNs may practice in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Schools
  • Outpatient treatment facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Travel Corps
  • Summer Camps
  • Military
Career Paths

Career Paths

Students in NECC’s Practical Nursing Certificate Program graduate as competent nurses eligible and prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Upon successful completion of NCLEX and ability to meet specific Nursing Board of Registration requirements, you are issued the title of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Students who complete a certificate program may choose to directly enter the workforce or they may further their education by transferring into an associate degree or bachelor’s degree program in preparation of their registered nursing licensing exam. Please contact the Academic Advising Department for further information. Students may also refer to the Transfer Programs and Events pages. Transfer information specific to the program.


Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health Professions

Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health Professions

Kelly Fisher, PhD, RN

Phone: 978-655-5931 Please call to schedule an appointment Email:

PN Level Coordinator

PN Level Coordinator

Lisa Bass, MSN, RN, CRNI, CNE

Office: LC-312 H Phone: 978-655-5888, Please call to schedule an appointment Email:

Faculty Contact Information

Faculty Contact Information

Susan Fichera, MSN, RN, NP-C, Professor

Phone: 978-655-5882
Office: LC-312D

Sheila Kane, MS, RN, CNE, Professor

Phone: 978-655-5884
Office: LC-312B

Additional Information



Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 404-975-5000

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Data

Student Achievement Outcome Data

1. Graduates’ success on the licensure/certification examination

*Class of 2016 – June 1st to May 31st ADN 90.24% LPN 96.3% *From the Massachusetts Board of Registration Website

2. Students’ completion of the nursing program.

All students completed the program within 150% of the time stated program length.

2016 Completion of the Nursing Programs
Program Number of Students Entered Number of students graduated Percentage of students graduating within 2 years
Associate Degree Nursing 2 year Day Program 30 18 60%
Advanced Placement LPN-RN Day Associate Degree Program 11 6 55.5%
Advanced Placement LPN-RN iHealth Associate Degree Program 18 17 94%
Practical Nursing Certificate 30 19 63%
3. Graduates employed within one year

June 1-May 31 for Associate Degree; September 1-August 31 for Practical nursing certificate.

Class of 2016

ADN Day and Advanced Placement option: 100% of graduates report employment within one year. Practical Nursing Certificate: 100% of graduates report employment within one year.

Required Documents

Criteria Packets Technical Standards CORI/CHRI/SORI

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