Jul 18, 2024  
Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Practical Nursing Certificate

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Health, Education, Culinary Arts & Human Services Division, 413.552.2030


Nursing is the art and science of caring. Nursing is an interpersonal process based on values, beliefs, and standards of the profession. Nursing is a profession which utilizes nursing knowledge and principles from the humanities and the biological, behavioral, and social sciences to assist individuals, groups, and communities in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health.

The Practical Nurse Certificate Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

The Practical Nurse Certificate Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • utilize the nursing process to provide safe and effective nursing care, applying current evidence-based practice standards appropriate to the patient’s needs
  • facilitate clinical competence in the role of practical nurse in accordance with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards
  • participate in the implementation of priority-based, patient-centered nursing care that respect the patient’s individual preferences
  • collaborate with the interdisciplinary team, incorporating appropriate communication techniques to provide quality patient care

The application for the Nursing Program can be found either by contacting the Admissions office 413.552.2321 or by going to the HCC website: www.hcc.edu.



For a comprehensive list of requirements for both admission and completion of this program, please visit the Nursing page on the HCC website.

Practical Nursing students must achieve a C+ or better in all required courses to graduate from the Practical Nursing program. Sciences courses need to be completed within seven years of applying to the program.

Final admission to the program is dependent on successful completion of all general education courses with a minimum grade of C+, Nurses Aid training or direct patient care experience as a PCT, CPR, submission of DPH immunization and health requirements, and passing of the CORI/SORI check, Drug Screening and Fingerprinting. Students must demonstrate ability to adhere to the essential functions throughout enrollment in the program with or without reasonable accommodations.


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