Practical Nurse Information

The BCCE Adult Practical Nursing Program prepares students to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam for Practical Nurses. The curriculum includes: classroom theory, laboratory skills, and clinical experience. This course is a total of 1260 clock hours in length. A comprehensive, intensive NCLEX-PN exam review is offered at the conclusion of the course.

*The pre-admission process takes four months so plan early to reserve your seat
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  1. High School Transcript, or High School Equivalency Diploma Transcript (TASC, NEDP or GED)
  2. Must be 18 years of age
  3. Take and pass the Kaplan Admission Exam - $65.00 fee
  4. Personal Interview
  5. Complete application for admission
  6. Payment of Non-Refundable Application Fee
  7. Negative Drug Screen
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Verona Campus Full-Time Program Summer 2021:
Days Hours
M - TH 8:00 am - 3:30**pm
September 2021 - August 2022
*Pre-Admission process starts March - April 2021
Utica ACCESS Site Full-Time Program Fall 2021:
Days Hours
M - TH 8:00 am - 3:30** pm
December 2021 - November 2022
*Pre-Admission process starts June - July 2021
**Clinical Days (2/week) are 6:50 am - 3:30 pm.
Clinical days begin in week 12 of the program and continue to the end of the program.

Classroom and laboratory instruction take place at the above locations. The clinical experience component takes place at various health care facilities in the Utica-Rome-Oneida area. The program health documentation requirements are: American Heart Association CPR - BLS Healthcare Provider w/AED certification; a physical exam; immunizations and/or blood titers, a negative tuberculosis test and flu shot.

Students completing the first semester of course work are eligible to take a Nurse Aide certification test, and if successful seek employment as a Certified Nurse Aide. They are also eligible for Home Health Aide (HHA) Training.

Students are evaluated throughout the program. To successfully complete the program you must complete 1260 clock hours of instruction. A grade average of 75% must be maintained in each course and you must pass both the nursing skills and the clinical component to receive a certificate of completion.

Currently, tuition and associated costs are approximately $15,000. This amount is subject to change without notice due to increases in program costs. Contact Lorreen Lisacki at (315) 738-7322 or [email protected] for application/deadline information and to schedule your pre-admission test.

The BCCE Adult Practical Nursing Program is approved by the New York State Education Department. August 2021. Actual dates/programs may change. Please call for details.