McCann Technical School
Practical Nursing

Department Faculty

Mrs. Susan Watson, MSN, RN
Program Coordinator | Phone: 413-664-5494

The requirement for licensed practical nurses will increase by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018 in response to the long term care needs of a growing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

LPNs provide basic bedside care, measure and record patients’ vital signs, give medications, perform routine laboratory tests and monitor medical equipment. Our practical nursing program is10 months in length with classes scheduled Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM beginning in January with graduation in November. Classes are held at school and at externship sites.

This program provides 1,080 hours of instruction, consisting of a minimum of 945 in nursing courses and at least 540 hours of clinical experience.

Instruction in the discipline of nursing, appropriate to the practical nurse level will consider the entire lifespan from birth to old age, including death, and will include changing healthcare needs and trends. Emphasis will be on care of the older adult, and clinical facilities will include long-term care and rehabilitation agencies.

Some clinical experience will also be scheduled in the community, recognizing that an increasing amount of nursing care takes place in the community.

The program is fully approved by Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (  Completion of the program leads to a practical nurse certificate and entitles the graduate to take the National Counsel Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  A practical nursing license is issued upon passing the NCLEX-PN.

 Job Outlook* – 12% growth in demand for practical nurses is projected from 2016-2026
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Term I

Courses Credits
PN 101  Human Biology 4
PN 102 Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan 3
PN 103 Professional Foundations of Practical Nursing 1
PN 104 Introduction to Pharmacology 1
PN 105 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 10

Term II

Courses Credits
PN 206 Concepts of Practical Nursing 12

Term III

Courses Credits
PN 307 Advanced Concepts of Practical Nursing 9
PN 308  Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing 1
PN 309 Family Centered Nursing 7