Jan 27, 2021  
College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nursing Certificate

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Health Science 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 HCC Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.


A CORI and a SORI are state statutes that regulate licensure as a licensed practical nurse. Prior to official enrollment and at the beginning of each semester in Nursing Programs, all accepted applicants and students must give permission for CORI and a SORI check. Some clinical agencies prohibit clinical participation if there is a finding when the CORI check is complete. Participation in planned clinical experiences throughout the curriculum is required; however, acceptance into the program does not guarantee placement in a clinical agency. All applicants and nursing students will be subject to the Criminal Record Information Act (CORI check), the Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI), Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Court record/past conviction may present a barrier to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) or as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Applicants with a court record/past conviction are advised to consult an attorney to determine eligibility to meet legal qualifications for nurse licensure in Massachusetts.

All applicants for licensure as RN or LPN must be of “good moral character” as required by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing statutes and regulations. The licensure applicant must have had no criminal convictions for a minimum of five (5) years before the date of submission of the license application and must have successfully completed all court ordered stipulations a minimum of one (1) year before the applicant will be considered for licensure by the Board (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, ss.74, 74A, and 76). Refer to www.state.ma.us/boards/rn/ for further information.

Students accepted to an educational program that prepares for licensure as a practical nurse should be aware that a court record may present a barrier to her/his ability to obtain licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other jurisdictions in the United States.

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.

Drug Screening Policy

Mandatory drug screening is required for all students entering the Nursing Program. In addition, random drug screening may be required if indicated. If a student fails a drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to screening will make the student ineligible to remain in the nursing program. Failure and/or refusal for drug screening are grounds for immediate removal from the nursing program. All screening will be at the student’s own expense. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Health Science Division’s exclusive laboratory for student drug screening.

All applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of their application:

College Placement testing (CPT) must be completed within two years of application deadline demonstrating the following placement:

Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 82 in Algebra or completion of MTH 095 - Intermediate Algebra  or MTH 099 - Introductory and Intermediate Algebra  or comparable with a C- or better from an accredited college or university.

English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in Reading and ≥ 80 in Sentence Skills portion of the CPT or ability to enter college-level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (completion of English Composition I).

Science Proficiency: the HCC Biology Department requires the successful completion (C or better) of BIO 100, 103 or BIO 107  prior to taking Anatomy and Physiology. This pre-requisite may be waived by passing the Biology Challenge Exam. Testing may be scheduled by calling the Assessment Center.

Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II prior to the application deadline is strongly encouraged. Nursing students must achieve a C+ or better in all nursing and laboratory sciences courses (A&P I and II) to remain in and graduate from the program. Applicants currently working in a healthcare field can petition to lengthen the time that their laboratory science coursework is transferable to the Nursing Program by completing the Laboratory Science Petition Form in the Nursing Information Packet.

Please see the Nursing Information Packet for important information concerning required documentation and requirements for admission. Applicants for the Practical Nurse Program are reminded that transportation is the responsibility of the student, including to various clinical sites.

The Board of Registration in Nursing mandates a minimum number of hours for practical nursing students (CMR 244-6.00(4)(b)4). Therefore, a student may be withdrawn from the program for failing to meet the attendance policy.

Total: 44 CREDITS


1 All candidates must achieve a C+ or better in all NURSING and laboratory science courses (A&P I and II) to remain in and graduate from the program.

For additional information go to www.hcc.edu

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