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Practical Nursing

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The mission of the McCann Practical Nursing Program is to prepare competent, ethical, entry-level nursing graduates capable of caring holistically for a diverse population of patients and with a commitment to life-long learning, the healthcare team, and the community.

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics ( almost 60,000 LPN positions will open each year over the next decade in response to the long-term care needs of a growing elderly population, retiring nurses in the workforce, and the general increase in demand for healthcare services.

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 is 10 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 community clinical sites.

This program provides 1,155 hours and includes instruction in the discipline of nursing across the entire lifespan from birth to old age, including death, and will include changing healthcare needs and trends. Clinical experiences occur in many settings including long-term care facilities, inpatient hospitals, and specialty and physician practices.

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. The program also meets the requirements to apply for licensure by examination for the Vermont Board of Nursing. 

Graduating from the McCann practical nursing program qualifies graduates to work in Massachusetts or Vermont upon successful attainment of licensure.  Individuals intending to practice outside of these states can refer to the NCSBN website,, and should discuss with the PN program director about the applicant's ability to attain licensure in a state other than Massachusetts or Vermont. This examination is not a graduation requirement.

Department Faculty

Christa Berthiaume, MSN, RN
Program Coordinator
Phone: (413) 664-5493

Jill Cole, BSN, RN
Adjunct Faculty

Diane O'Neil, BSN, RN
Phone: (413) 664-5494

Meghan Pinsonnault, MSN, RN

Program Calendar

First page of the PDF file: McCannPNAcademicCalendar2024

Program Information

For information on labor market trends and job outlooks in the Practical Nursing field click here.