Practical Nursing Program

Admissions: THE CLASS OF 2024 – 2025 IS CLOSED.

We encourage you to start the admissions paperwork in September for October interviews for the Class of 2025 – 2026.

INFORMATION SESSION: The next Information Session will be held in October. Please check back then!

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Assabet Community Education practical nursing training

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This 10 month, full time, day program (Monday – Friday, 7:50 am – 2:20 pm) beginning late August through June, prepares men and women to fulfill their dreams to have a career instead of just a job. Graduates are prepared for opportunities in nursing homes, office nursing, clinics, hospitals and community health nursing. At the end of the program students receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Practical Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensing as a Licensed Practical Nurse!


The LPN practices according to the Nurse Practice Act of each state, but generally performs direct care, including the administration of medications, treatments and assists in teaching patients and families. In many long-term care settings, the LPN manages and delegates the nursing care provided by unlicensed personnel. The LPN must successfully complete an educational program that provides the knowledge and skills for practice and pass the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN).

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Assabet Community Education practical nursing hands on patient training


Assabet Valley Regional Technical School (AVRTS) Practical Nursing Program (PNP) supports and adheres to the mission of the AVRTS district. Further, the PNP is committed to providing the practical nursing student with education, experience and technology to become a safe, professional provider of nursing care to diverse, multicultural populations, with well-defined health care needs. The PNP provides and supports professional behavior, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication and safe skill development. The PNP values individuals who practice competently with care while maintaining ethical standards. The AVRTS PNP supports practical nursing as a strong foundation for entry into practice as a professional nurse. AVRTS PNP promotes pathways to continuing education to the ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD.

Student Learning Outcomes


The new nurse will utilize clinical reasoning to demonstrate accountability for one's own nursing practice, within legal, ethical and regulatory nursing standards, while creating a positive image of nursing.


The new nurse will utilize clinical reasoning in the development of effective communication skills for use in a variety of health care situations.


The new nurse will apply clinical reasoning to the development and maintenance of knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide quality and safe patient care in the practice environment.

Evidence Based Practice

The new nurse will analyze current evidence coupled with clinical ability and makes linkages demonstrating clinical reasoning to evaluate outcomes of care.


Graduates Assabet Practical Nursing

Students have the right to know the completion rate for the program.

2022 – 2023

  • 54 enrolled August 2022
  • 51 1st time students
  • 3 returning students
  • 3 student withdrawals
  • 41 graduates
  • 76% overall completion rate
  • 79% 1 yr completion rate
  • 86.84% first time NCLEX pass rate
  • 100% employment of licensed graduates responding within 6 months

The US Dept. of Education reports as of 2021 the typical student leaves with $9,500 of Federal debt.  For information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution please visit

The program meets licensure requirements in MA.  For licensure in other states, check the requirements from that state board of registration in nursing.

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The nursing program has Full Approval Status from the Massachusetts Board of Regisration in Nursing.  The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc., (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA, 30326       (404) 975-5000  

The institution is accredited  by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Public Schools Committee on Technical and Career Institutions.

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Once a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a post secondary institution, he or she becomes an “eligible student” and all rights formerly given to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. The eligible student has the right to have access to his or her education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records (except in certain circumstances specified in the FERPA regulations, some of which are discussed below), and the right to file a complaint with the Department. The term “education records” is defined as those records that contain information directly related to a student and which are maintained by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution. For more information and full text go to

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