Practical Nursing Program Admission Policy
Section I. Introduction
The Practical Nursing Program offers a full-time day, part-time day (starting odd years), and part-time evening program (starting even years).
The full-time day program is a forty (40) week program. This program begins yearly in August and finishes in mid-late June. Classes meet Monday through Friday with hours generally between 7:45AM – 2:45PM. Clinical hours vary starting as early as 6:30AM until as late as 3:00PM. Some evening rotations may be required to meet course objectives.
The part-time day program meets three to four (3-4) days per week. Days vary from term to term based on instructor/affiliating agency availability. Class times are normally 7:45AM – 1:45PM. Clinical hours vary starting as early as 6:30AM until as late as 3:00PM. Some evening rotations may be required to meet course objectives.
**The part-time evening program is subject to adequate enrollment in order to be offered. When approved, the part-time evening program meets three to four (3-4) days per week. Evenings vary from term to term based on instructor/affiliating agency availability. Class times are normally 3:45PM – 8:00PM. Clinical hours vary starting as early as 2:30PM until as late as 10:00PM. In order to offer students a comprehensive curriculum that considers care of clients and families across their lifespan some specialized clinical experiences may be scheduled during daytime hours.
The Practical Nursing Program has “Approval with Warning” Status from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing;
What does “approved with warning” mean?
The board of Registration in Nursing has reviewed the LPN program and has asked the program to hire a qualified Nurse Administrator for the program.
Does “approved with warning” affect my ability to take the NCLEX to become a licensed practical nurse?
No. The Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) continues to approve the Licensed Practical Nursing program, which permits all students who successfully complete the program to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
When will the Board of Registration lift the “approved with warning” status?
Evidence of Compliance must be submitted to the BORN by October 18, 2017 (or earlier) before Full Approval status can be reinstated.
Any further questions, please feel free to contact the Superintendent, Thomas Aubin.
The Practical Nurse Program is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The curriculum combines lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Classroom content includes biological and social sciences, nursing theory, and laboratory practice.
The faculty supervises care to multicultural and diverse human beings across their life span from birth to death. While the curriculum concentrates on caring for the older adult, new technologies, healthcare issues and community nursing needs are also addressed.
The Program curriculum is designed to prepare program graduates to pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).
Upon completion of the Program, graduates receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN. Graduates anticipating licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must comply with the Good Moral Character for Licensure requirement. See www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn for more details. Program graduates who pass the NCLEX-PN are prepared to begin entry-level Licensed Practical Nurse careers in a variety of settings or have the opportunity to continue their nursing education.
All applicants for the Program are evaluated using the selection criteria outlined in the admissions policy. All completed applications for the nursing program are reviewed and receive a response.
Section II. Equal Education Opportunity
It is the policy if the Greater Fall River Vocational School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness in its educational policies. Enforcement of this law advances efforts to ensure that all students can attend school in a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to serious learning.
Students with disabilities may voluntarily self-identify for the purpose of requesting reasonable accommodations during the application/admission process. Information on disability submitted voluntarily by the applicant for the purpose of receiving assistance and accommodations during the entire application/admission process will not affect the applicant's admission to the Program.
Section III. Eligibility
Applicants from in-district or out-of-district towns are eligible to apply to the Program on a rolling admissions process. Contact Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing for current enrollment dates. This information is also available on the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School website (www.dimanregional.org).
Candidates for admission to the Practical Nurse Program are required to submit the following:
Candidates who have submitted the items above may schedule to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) entrance examination offered through the Assessment Technology Institute, LLC (ATI), and they must meet a minimum adjusted score in each of the four sections shown below to be further considered for the Program.
Reading: 69.0% or higher
Math: 60.0% or higher
Science: 41.0% or higher
English: 60.0% or higher
The TEAS test will be administered at Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing, and candidates will be given instructions for obtaining study materials. Alternative testing arrangements that are reasonable in the context of the examination and supported by documentation may be provided, upon request, to candidates who would not be able to take the test under standard conditions. Candidates who may be eligible for alternative testing arrangements include:
Candidates may make a request for alternative testing arrangements when registering for the Practical Nursing Program only during the regular registration period. To ensure that there is adequate time to process all requests, candidates are required to register and submit all required documentation no later than fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the scheduled examination. The Nurse Administrator will review each request as it is received and determine on a case-by-case basis whether to grant requested alternative testing arrangements.
In some cases, the supporting documentation submitted with a request for alternative testing may not be sufficient to make a determination, or the submitted documentation may not support the requested accommodation. In such cases, the candidate will need to submit additional documentation. The Practical Nursing Program may contact the candidate directly to discuss suitable testing arrangements.
Candidates for the Practical Nursing Program must meet the Board of Registration in Nursing's Good Moral Character requirements when submitting an application for licensure. Information regarding MABORN (Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing) Good Moral Character is available at the Division of Health Professional Licensure's website and at the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School's website (www.dimanregional.org) on the LPN page.
Upon receiving the above listed documentation, an interview with the Nurse Administrator (or a designee) is required. Applicant will be requested to submit three (3) professional references after the interview.
Upon notification of acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program, the following documentation must be provided:
Section IV. Organizing Structure
The Nurse Administrator and Program faculty are responsible for establishing admission policy and procedures. Responsibilities of this committee include:
Diman Regional Technical Institute disseminates information about the Program using a variety of methods:
Section VI. Application Process
Applicants interested in applying for admissions must:
Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and/or Program Administrator with priority given to in-district, qualified candidates.
Section VII. Selection Process
Applications are reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:
TEAS VI Score Rubric …………………25 points
Three (3) letters of reference……............5 points
Interview Rubric………………………..30 points
Essay Rubric…………………………... 10 points
Note: Final admission is also contingent upon satisfactory results of the Criminal Offender Record Information Release (CORI) if 18 years or older, health requirements, and CPR requirements.
Applicants will be ranked and accepted by the Admissions Committee and/or Program Administrator according to the procedure and criteria contained in this policy. A wait list will be established by the Committee. The wait list is valid for the current academic year. In-district applicants will be given priority when scores are equal. All applicants will be notified of their status.
__ Accepted __ Placed on wait list __ Not Accepted
Section VIII. Review Process
The applicant, upon receipt of a letter from the Program indicating that the applicant was not accepted or was placed on a wait list for admission, may request a review of this decision by requesting an appointment with the Nurse Administrator. The Nurse Administrator will respond in writing to the findings within thirty (30) days. If further review is necessary, the applicant may send a letter requesting a review to the Superintendent-Director. The Superintendent-Director will respond in writing to the letter with findings of the review within thirty (30) days.
Rev 2/14, 4/17, 6/17