Practical Nursing

Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Do you dream of becoming a nurse? Whether you are looking for a new job or you are a CNA and want to advance your career in healthcare, now is a great time to join the most trusted profession. If you are ready to study hard and take on real patient responsibility, the LPN program may be for you.

What Does an LPN Do?

LPNs do basic nursing services such as administering medication, taking vital signs, collecting specimens, recording patient histories, and communicating important patient information to the registered nurse.  Many LPNs work in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, providing patients with skilled care.

Career Outlook

The great news is that LPNs are currently in high demand in Massachusetts and this is expected to increase by 12% through 2026. Our aging population will increase the need for LPNs as our elderly move into residential care facilities or require home health care.1 The median annual wage for Licensed Practical Nurses in Massachusetts was $57,800 in May 20171.

Program Curriculum

MWCC’s Practical Nursing Certificate is a 7-course program accredited by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Selective Admissions

We are only able to take a limited number of students in the Practical Nursing program, and you will need to compete with other applicants for a seat. You are encouraged to apply. To create a strong application, you need to know about the selective program requirements for admission. Please note that you must successfully pass the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) examination before you can apply.

Your License & Certification

When you complete your courses, you will need to take a national exam called the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nursing) to earn your license and be able to work as an LPN. In 2017, 96% of MWCC’s Practical Nursing graduates passed the NCLEX-PN on their first try2.

1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
 
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