LPN Programs in Massachusetts - MA
How to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Massachusetts
In order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN, in Massachusetts, you will need to get a license from the state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services, or EOHHS.
Like nearly every other state medical licensing body in the US, the EOHHS requires prospective LPN's to have graduated high school or earned a similar degree, complete an approved Massachusetts LPN program, and pass a national certifying exam. They are also required to be of 'Good Moral Character,' which basically means that anyone with a recent felony, multiple convictions, or a criminal history that involves taking advantage of those unable to take care of themselves, will probably not be able to get licensed. 'Good Moral Character', however, is determined by the board on a case-by-case basis.
Your first step will be to choose the school you want to attend. Practical nursing programs take about a year to get through and are offered through universities and technical colleges, vocational schools, even through some hospitals and high schools. Luckily, Massachusetts is home to over 20 EOHHS approved programs you can enroll in, so finding one that matches your needs shouldn't be too hard.
It’ll probably take you about a year to get through the program. You can bet on spending some of your time in class, taking general health and medical class, and half in a hospital or clinic, working under the direction of an experienced LPN or RN.
Once you've graduated, you need to take the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN, an exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Passing this exam nationally certifies you, and is one of the requirements to getting a license in nearly every state in the US. The exam is taken on a computer, costs $200, and takes up to 6 hours, though the actual time is variable because the exam is adapts itself to the perceived knowledge level of the taker.
Once you've passed the NCLEX-PN, you’ll need to apply for a license from EOHHS. This is not done directly with the state, but rather with a contractor, Professional Credential Services Inc, or PCS. You'll need your transcripts from your nursing program, your filled out application, proof of identity, a $225 dollar fee, and if necessary your statement of good moral character. PCS will send the state your NCLEX-PN scores on their own. If desired, you can actually register with PCS and send your application in early, meaning you'll be licensed as soon as your positive NCLEX results come back.
Once the board approves your application, you are now a Licensed Practical Nurse and eligible to work in the State of Massachusetts.