Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Group
PN Patient
PN Clinical

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 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 externship sites.

This program provides 1,125 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 (www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn).  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. 

Department Faculty

Christa Berthiaume, MSN, RN
Program Coordinator
cberthiaume@mccanntech.org
Phone: (413) 664-5493
 
Diane O'Neil, BSN, RN
Instructor
doneil@mccanntech.org
Phone: (413) 664-5494
 

Program Calendar

For the nursing program calendar click here. 

COURSES

Term I

Courses Credits
PN 101: Anatomy and Physiology 4
PN 102: Human Growth and 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 9
Total 18

 

Term II

Courses
Credits
PN 206: Concepts of Practical Nursing 10
Total 10

 

Term III

Courses
Credits
PN 307: Advanced Concepts of Practical Nursing 8
PN 308: Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing 1
PN 309: Family Centered Nursing 6
Total 15

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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