Practical Nursing (PN)

Academic Division of Nursing

Nursing Student

The nursing curriculum of the Quincy College Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing, is based on sound educational principles and follows the mission, philosophy and outcomes identified for the program. The curriculum design is a blend, Nurse of the Future Competencies and concept-based curriculum. The Nurse of the Future Competencies provide the overarching framework for the curriculum and serve as the major program concepts. Delivery of the curriculum is through an active learning environment that encourages individual student contributions as they learn and achieve. This requires faculty to be actively involved with students in the classroom through mutual respect, responsibility, and collaboration. The teaching skills needed to deliver the concept-based curriculum require consideration of the diverse student backgrounds and perspectives that are represented in our student body.

The faculty also believes in delivering a curriculum that is evidenced-based, representing current nursing practice and is at the appropriate level of nursing licensure. As demonstrated by the curriculum materials, the program includes the development of nursing critical thinking/clinical reasoning; leadership and management skills; professional role socialization (including legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities) consistent with the level of licensure; and, the ability to delegate, supervise others, and provide leadership. All these components are included in the curricula as required by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 6.04.

Nursing Applications

The Fall 2022 application is now open. The deadline for both the ASN and PN programs is May 31st, 2022. Students may take pre-requisite and co-requisite courses now in preparation for the Nursing programs. To learn more about pre-requisite and co-requisite courses, please contact Admissions Associate Lindsay Peckham at lpeckham@quincycollege.edu.

Please Note: At this time, Quincy College’s Practical Nursing program can only accept applicants who are Massachusetts residents due to onsite program requirements.

Join our Dean, Diane Gillis, as well as other members of the Quincy College community to learn more about our Nursing programs. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates. Please note that some dates are on campus and some are virtual. If you select a virtual session, you will receive a Zoom link the day before. Click Here for Session Times and Registration.

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Academic Division of Nursing Mission

The Mission of the Academic Division of Nursing is congruent with the mission, values, and goals of Quincy College.  The mission of the nursing program is to prepare each graduate for success on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) to ensure graduates safely practice nursing with professional competence and care holistically for individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. The graduate will function as an integral member of the inter-professional team with a commitment to educational advancement and lifelong learning.

Board of Registration in Nursing

On 03/13/2019, Quincy College was granted Initial Approval status by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).  Quincy College may now accept applications for enrollment into the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) Program and the Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing (PN) Program. The ASN and PN programs will be offered on both the Quincy and Plymouth campuses.

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Practical Nursing (PN) Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • PNU 145
    • Fundamentals of Nursing I
    • 5
    This course focuses on the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for a diverse patient population with well-defined healthcare concerns, with an introduction to the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse. The course presents critical thinking as applied to nursing: including the nursing process, cultural diversity, and communication techniques used when interacting with patients, families, other support persons, and members of the interprofessional team. Other program concepts such as evidence-based care, teamwork/collaboration, information technology and, basic math calculations for medications are also introduced. Selected nursing skills are taught in the laboratory with opportunities to apply fundamental concepts to basic nursing skills and clinical practice.

    • Co-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU 101 Growth & Development
    • PNU 131- Nutrition
    • PNU 141 Microbiology
    • PNU 111 Human Behavior
    • Co-requisites with a required grade of “C” (73%) or better:
    • HSC 149 Applied A&P for Healthcare Professionals
    • MAT 103 College Algebra
    • PNU 146
    • Fundamentals of Nursing II
    • 5
    This course builds upon the concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced in PNU 145 (Fundamentals I). The focus is on the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for a diverse patient population with well-defined health care concerns, focusing on the aging adult patient. This course continues to identify the role of the practical nurse in applying basic nursing principles and critical thinking/ clinical reasoning both in the classroom and clinical settings. Program concepts such as evidenced-based care, teamwork and collaboration, and informatics and technology are also discussed. Emphasis will be placed on nursing responsibilities in the preparation and safe administration of medications as well as on documentation. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in a variety of clinical settings.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    Co-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU 101 Growth & Development
    • PNU 131- Nutrition
    • PNU 141 Microbiology
    • PNU 111 Human Behavior
    Co-requisites with a required grade of “C” (73%) or better:
    • HSC 149 Applied A&P for Healthcare Professionals
    • MAT 103 College Algebra
    • PNU 153
    • Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I
    • 8
    This course incorporates and expands on the concepts introduced in PNU-145 & PNU-146 and provides for the knowledge and application of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and clinical reasoning necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for diverse adult patients experiencing various medical/surgical and mental health issues. Pharmacology is integrated throughout the concepts with emphasis on safe administration of medication. The course incorporates the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of adult patients with common health problems. Concepts of leadership and management are introduced. Select advanced nursing skills are taught in the laboratory with the application of knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical settings.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    • PNU-146
    • PNU 154
    • Concepts of Adult Health Nursing II
    • 8
    This course is a continuation of Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I, and provides broader knowledge and application of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and the clinical reasoning/ judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for diverse adult patients experiencing various medical/surgical issues. Pharmacology is integrated throughout the concepts. The course incorporates legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of diverse adult patients with common health problems. Concepts of leadership and management are expanded upon, with a focus on team leading. Application of knowledge and skills are evaluated on a higher level, including the ability to care for a multiple (2) patient assignment. Synthesis of clinical reasoning and practical skills occurs in a variety of clinical settings with continued emphasis on safe administration of medication. Course content also includes health promotion strategies.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    • PNU-146
    • PNU-153
    • PNU 157
    • Practical Nursing across the Continuum
    • 7
    This course incorporates and builds on previously-learned concepts for the knowledge and application of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and clinical judgment necessary for safe patient-centered nursing care to diverse families, across the life span (with a focus on childbearing families, children and elder care). The course also applies mental health nursing to the care of the family and introduces concepts of community nursing. Also included are legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of patients across the lifespan. The student will learn to effectively apply strategies in preparation for entry level practice, including a review for the NCLEX-PN® as well as current trends in nursing. Synthesis of clinical judgement and practical skills will occur in a variety of clinical settings.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    • PNU-146
    • PNU-153
    • PNU-154

Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate 

Admission Requirements – Fall 2022

Prerequisites: accepted with a grade of C (73+) or better.

(MUST be completed PRIOR to submitting an application)

  • Proof of high school/GED completion
  • Attend a Nursing Information Session
  • TEAS exam
  • MAT 103: College Algebra (or higher)
  • HSC 149: Applied Anatomy & Physiology (or A&P I & II can substitute)

*All pre-requisites must be completed by May 2022*

*Some prerequisites can be satisfied upon a transfer evaluation of prior high school or college coursework

Co-Requisites (preference will be given to those who have these completed PRIOR to the program)

  • BIO 251: Microbiology w/lab
  • BIO 106: Nutrition w/lab
  • PSY 101: General Psychology
  • PSY 216: Human Growth & Development

TEAS Exam

  • MUST be taken on campus at Quincy College.
  • Maximum of three attempts allowed per academic year (must wait 30 days prior to retesting)
  • Required scores in each section. These scores must be met to be eligible.

          Math 50%  English 55%  Reading 65%

If you do not attend an Information Session and/or your application is Incomplete (missing any of the materials required below) you will NOT be considered for admission to the PN program.

The Academic Division of Nursing will evaluate only those applicants who took the TEAS test on or after September 1, 2020. If an applicant fails to meet the minimum required scores indicated above, they may take the TEAS test a maximum of three times in an academic year (September 1st through August 31st). Applicants must wait 30 days prior to each retest. Applicants will be required to retake all four sections and the highest scores will be utilized. More information regarding the TEAS test is available at www.atitesting.com.

Please Note: At this time, Quincy College’s Nursing program can only accept applicants who are Massachusetts residents due to onsite program requirements.

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