Practical Nurse Education
• Must have a high school diploma or GED.
• Must take the
college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no
college level courses were previously completed.
Required TEAS scores must be achieved within two attempts of taking the
• Composite: 60 percent
• Math: minimum grade of B in MAT 095 or place into
MAT 099 level or above.
English: minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
• Math and
science courses must be taken within five years of application.
• Required grade must be earned within two attempts of
taking and completing the course.
Successful graduates are eligible to take licensure exams
for practical nurses, enter the workforce or pursue additional education.
The practical nurse education program prepares you for a career as a
licensed practical nurse. Licensed practical nurses are important members of the
health care delivery team. They work as licensed nurses within the framework
specified by the Nursing Statues and Regulation of the Commonwealth.
They may be employed in various settings including, but not limited to doctors’
offices, acute care, long term care, clinics, and rehabilitation centers. LPNs
provide direct care to patients whose conditions are relatively stable and
non-complex. LPNs work as a part of the health care delivery team to insure the
patient’s plan of care is followed thoroughly.
Upon successful completion of
this program, you are eligible to take the national licensure examination for
Practical Nurses. Quinsigamond’s program is approved by the
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Courses in both practical nursing and the biological and social sciences are
required in the program. Practical Nursing courses include clinical experiences
in area hospitals, community healthcare settings, and long term care facilities,
as well as classroom study and laboratory practice on campus. All clinical
experiences are conducted under the supervision of Quinsigamond faculty. The
program can be completed in forty weeks, if pursued on a full-time basis.
Upon completion of this certificate program and successful completion of the
NCLEX-PN exam, you will be prepared to obtain employment as a licensed practical
nurse and/or continue your studies at the associate's degree level in such
disciplines as registered nursing, medical support specialist or other related
field of study.
Entrance into most clinical agencies will require the wearing of a school
uniform. Students should anticipate additional expenses for clinical uniforms,
professional liability insurance and standardized testing.
If you wish to be considered for the practical nurse education certificate
program, you must have a high school diploma or GED.
To be eligible for admission into the program, applicants must earn a composite
score of 60 percent on the TEAS within two attempts of taking the test.
Student must also take QCC’s math and English assessment tests to demonstrate competency at the appropriate
level. Applicants must have a minimum grade of B in MAT 095 or place into MAT
099 or above and have a minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
Math and science course must be taken within five years of application to the
program. Required grades must be earned within two attempts of taking and
completing the course.
Students will be
accepted into the Practical Nurse Education program, as they complete the above
requirements, on a space available basis.
In addition students must show evidence of being compliant with health
requirements as defined by the Nurse Education Department.
Applicants should understand the State Board of Registration in Nursing reserves
the right to refuse an applicant the privilege of sitting for the NCLEX-PN
examination based on a good moral character licensure requirement. As a result
of this requirement, a Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual
Offenders Record Information (SORI) check is required of all students accepted
into the program and each semester thereafter. Students should be aware that a
court record might prevent them from sitting for the NCLEX-PN examination. More
information is available by contacting the Massachusetts Board of Registration
A Health Careers Center has been established to facilitate the entry of students
to health care programs. All students applying to the PNP program can contact
the Health Career Center 508-854-2718.
To be eligible to continue in the program, the student must achieve a grade of
C or higher in all practical nursing courses and in BIO 140, PSY 101,
and PSY 121, and must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the laboratory and
clinical components of each nursing course. Students who have received a grade
below a C in BIO 140, PSY 101 and PSY 121 are required to repeat the course
and obtain a grade of C or higher by the end of the cluster/semester in which
they are required or required as a prerequisite. The student must also satisfy
all course and program requirements, including regulations on attendance and
conduct, in order to be eligible for licensure and graduation.
Introduction to the Human Body
Practical Nursing I
Introduction to Pharmacology
Introduction to Psychology
A Survey of Life Span Development: Conception to Death
Practical Nursing II: Medical/ Surgical Nursing of the
Concepts in Mental Health
Nutritional Concepts in Health and Illness
Trends in Practical Nursing
Practical Nursing III: Pediatric/ Maternal/
Newborn/Leadership Management Nursing