Practical Nursing Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Practical Nursing I PNP111 Semester I 10 MAT097 or placement and ENG111 and BIO203 and BIO204
Drug Calculation NUR100 Semester I 1 MAT097 or placement
Principles of Psychology PSY101 Semester I 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Practical Nursing II PNP112 Semester II 12 PNP111 and NUR100
Human Growth and Development PSY213 Semester II 3 PSY101
Practical Nursing III PNP113 Semester III 10 PNP112 and PSY213
Total Credits 39

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Program Overview

This program includes 33 credits of practical nursing theory and clinical practice in health care facilities. PNP111 (Fundamentals), requires clinical practice six (6) hours per week. PNP112 (Medical Surgical) and PNP 113 (Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Maternal/ Child Health) both require clinical practice eighteen (18) hours per week. Students must earn a numerical grade of 78 or higher in all PNP courses with the exception of NUR100, in which students must earn a numerical grade of 80 or higher. Students who fail to meet either the clinical objective or the grade requirement of a PNP course fail that course. To ensure currency, credits for BIO203 and BIO204 earned more than five years prior to enrollment in the practical nursing clinical sequence are not accepted. Note that there are many prerequisites that must be met for acceptance into the Practical Nursing Certificate Program.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Nursing program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, HMO’s clinics, doctors’ offices, and other community health agencies.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate successful completion of course work and to prepare for licensure exam and entry level employment. 
  • Apply the nursing process in the delivery of holistic nursing care within the scope of practice of the practical nurse.
  • Apply scientific knowledge and technology in the delivery of holistic nursing care. 
  • Integrate the roles of the practical nurse in health settings where predictable outcomes are expected. 
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, and groups within the health care system. 
  • Integrate cultural competence in the delivery of nursing care to a transcultural, diverse population throughout the lifespan.
  • Integrate principles of teaching/learning in the delivery of holistic nursing care. 
  • Integrate the legal, ethical standards within the scope of practice of the practical nurse. 
  • Demonstrate accountability in delegation and leadership within the scope of practice of the practical nurse. 
  • Demonstrates responsibility for self- improvement and uses resources for lifelong learning. 
  • Integrates public policy that promotes and protects the healthcare system

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