North Shore Community College is making changes!

You can start your application today! As always, there is no cost to apply to North Shore Community College.

For Fall 2020, most of NSCC's courses will be virtual – including online, hybrid, and videoconference – to ensure our community's safety and maintain social distancing. Targeted courses that need to occur face-to-face on campus will occur predominantly in lab based classes, using social distancing protocols.

Become a Licensed Practical Nurse in 10 months with a certificate from NSCC

NSCC’s Practical Nursing certificate program provides the education necessary for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Graduates of NSCC’s Practical Nursing program assume responsibilities related to direct patient care in a variety of settings, including health  clinics, assisted living facilities, doctor’s offices, hospitals, and home and community health agencies. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the National Council Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

NSCC's Practical Nursing program is full.  Fall 2020 application period is closed.



Next Steps


Candidates for NSCC's Practical Nursing program must attend a Mandatory Information Session prior to applying.


Application Requirements

Credit for Prior Learning

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Get in touch

If you have questions related to this special admissions program, or online application, please contact or call 978-762-4188.

If you have advising-related questions, please contact or call 978-762-4160.


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NSCC Practical Nursing student pass rates for 2019 NCLEX-RN.

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North Shore Community College is an accredited public institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC-CIHE, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

NSCC’s Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000

NSCC’s Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114.
Phone: 617-973-0900

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