Start Your Career as a Nurse With Our Practical Nursing Certificate
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 NotesSkip Required Courses and Program Notes
Career Paths & Job Market
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:
- Physicians’ offices
- Outpatient treatment facilities
- Home health care agencies
- Correctional facilities
- Travel Corps
- Summer Camps
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
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.
Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health Professions
Rachel Boersma, PhD, RN
Please call to schedule an appointment
PN Level Coordinator
Lisa Bass, MSN, RN, CRNI, CNE
Office: LC-312 H
Phone: 978-655-5888, Please call to schedule an appointment
Faculty Contact Information
|Karla Bulmer, MSN, RN
|Sharon Hamel, MSN, RN
|Susan Fichera, MSN, RN, NP-C
|Kimberly Foisy, MSN, RN
|Sheila Kane, MS, RN, CNE
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Program Effectiveness Data
Student Achievement Outcome Data
1. Graduates’ success on the licensure/certification examination
*Class of 2016 – June 1st to May 31st
2. Students’ completion of the nursing program.
All students completed the program within 150% of the time stated program length.
|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.
Additional Program Costs
Other Cost: $XX
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