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  • Practical Nursing Certificate (PNR)
    Program Description

    Career, Certificate (C2)

    The Practical Nursing Program provides the education necessary for the practice of practical nursing and the awarding of a certificate from the College upon completion of the ten-month program. Student learning occurs through a curriculum based on accepted nursing concepts with emphasis on the development of technical competencies, communication skills, and critical thinking facilitated by faculty guidance and selection of relevant learning experiences in classroom, seminar, laboratory, and clinical settings. Upon completion of the PN Program, the graduate will be prepared to function within the Standards of Practice, demonstrating safe, competent, ethical nursing practice. Employment as an LPN is available in numerous settings that include subacute, acute, chronic, rehabilitation, and community health care settings.

    The PN Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Licensure Examination. Graduates seeking licensure in Massachusetts must meet the licensure requirements outlined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, including being of "good moral character". Individuals with a court record or a criminal conviction should contact the Board(s) of Registration in Nursing in any state in which they plan to work for guidelines in determining "good moral character", prior to program entry.

    Individuals may contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 1-617-973-0800 or at www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-in-nursing for a myriad of information that among other topics includes nursing education, statues, rules and regulations, licensing, and complaint resolution.

    Students interested in participating in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, may be required to undergo criminal background checks, including a federal, national and local check (i.e. Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI)).

    Depending on the contents of these criminal background check(s), a student's participation in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider may not be allowed, and therefore may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please note that eligibility to participate in the program and/or clinical affiliation, internship or field placement as a result of screening requirements, such as criminal background checks, is not a guarantee of eligibility to sit for professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.

    Drug screening and fingerprinting may also be required to participate in clinical affiliation experiences, internships or field placements.

    The PN Program is a selective admissions program. Further information about the program, application process, and admission requirements can be found on the academic department web page at www.northshore.edu\academics\programs\pnr


    Admission Information: Candidates for the Practical Nursing Program must complete the following requirements: submit evidence of graduation from high school or Equivalency (GED);
    achieve the required minimum scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS);
    obtain 3 references: (a) immediate supervisor (b) employer or teacher (c) friend of at least 2 years duration; complete the Practical Nursing Admissions Questionnaire; obtain official transcripts from all colleges previously attended and attend an informational meeting offered throughout the Fall and Spring semesters at scheduled times listed in the application packet.

    Following acceptance into the PN Program, candidates must: submit a completed immunization record documented by a licensed health care provider. This includes:
    Immunization Requirements
    1. Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis: (TdaP) vaccination required within the past 10 years, then a Td booster every 10 years
    2. Measles- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    3. Mumps- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    4. Rubella- evidence of two live vaccinations or immune titer results required
    5. Hepatitis B- Evidence of a positive titer or Evidence of a completed two or three part series followed by titer with positive results
    6. Varicella (chickenpox) - evidence of two vaccinations or immune titer results required
    7. Meningitis - Menveo or Menactra dose required after 16th birthday for all newly enrolled students between 16-21 years old (these vaccines are known as MenACWY, formerly listed as MCV4) or a waiver.
    8. Two Step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) upon admission or IGRA- serology (T-SPOT or Quantiferon GOLD). One step annual TST test for subsequent years of enrollment.
    9. A Health Provider symptom screening with chest x-ray report in the last 5 years is required for individuals with positive TST results. The College will provide a screening form.
    10. Annual flu vaccine or signed waiver
    A completed Health Immunization Form must be completed and signed by a Health Care Provider and submitted to the Health Compliance Nurse in the month of July for Fall admission and in December for January admission.

    Candidates must self-verify ability to meet technical standards: physical, tactile, communication, auditory and mental/ cognitive required in professional nursing practice settings, be BLS certified from the American Heart Association; and present evidence of health insurance.

    The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by:
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000
    www.acenursing.org
    and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (MABORN)

    For more information email us at: Practicalnursing@northshore.edu or call 978-762-4160


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