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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

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A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a vital member of a high performance healthcare team. LPNs practice under the supervision of Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Doctors and several other health care professionals.  These clinicians rely on the LPN to help deliver appropriate, timely and compassionate care. 

LPNs may work in a variety of different settings to include; nursing homes, private physician practices, hospitals, home care etc. LPNs may have variance in their schedules providing for increased flexibility in their home life depending on their chosen place of employment. 

Duties of a LPN may include:

  • Collection, measurement, observation, documentation, and reporting of clinical data relating to a patient’s condition
  • Performing a variety of clinical procedures, such as urinary catheterization, tracheal suctioning, sterile dressing changes, and routine wound treatments
  • Administration of prescribed medications
  • Supervision of Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Education of patients and providing support to individuals and their families

LPNs are licensed by the state in which they practice. To obtain an LPN license, the state may require background checks and proof of education. Every state administers the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) exam, which candidates must pass to obtain their license. Licenses are then renewed periodically dependent on the state one practices in.

Admission Requirements

Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Practical Nursing program. All candidates who meet admission requirements will be considered for acceptance. The number of students accepted into the program is limited due to available clinical sites.

  • Applicants must be 17 years or older.
  • Provide copies of birth certificate, current (non-expired) NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID,       and social security card.
  • Provide an official HS transcript or copy of GED/HSE diploma.
  • Complete and return the admissions application along with the $75 fee and your selected             date for the entrance exam. (Make check or Money Order payable to DCMO BOCES)
  • Complete and obtain a passing score on the TEAS pre-entrance exam.
  • Pass the health requirements and physical examination.
  • Provide proof of Immunizations as outlined on the Health Records Requirement Table.
  • Provide three professional references.
  • Must be physically and emotionally capable of performing the duties necessary for caring for       all types of patients throughout the entire ten month program without restrictions.
  • Demonstrate an interest in nursing, professional attitude, and dependability.
  • There is a very strict attendance policy for this program. Absences are not to exceed 13             classroom hours or 8 clinical hours per semester.
  • Must have your own transportation to the campus and clinical sites. Clinical assignments are       assigned with the intent to give you the best possible clinical experience.
  • Complete an interview with Financial Aid Advisor. All financial arrangements must be in place       prior to program start date.
  • Complete an interview with the Admissions Committee.

**Any type of criminal background may jeopardize your ability to be licensed as a nurse.

Financial Aid
(for LPN program)

All recipients of federal student aid at DCMO BOCES must meet the following requirements:

1. Complete the FAFSA.

2. Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.

3. Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant or loan.

4. Have a high school diploma or GED/HSE.

5. Be enrolled full time in an approved Title IV program.

6. If a male student, be registered with the Selective Service

7. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the completion of the LPN program.

8. Provide all required documents to the Financial Aid Office.

Direct Federal Student Loans are low-interest loans provided by the federal government. The following are the Federal Student Loan Maximums for a first year program:


Subsidized Loan
 Additional Unsubsidized

This application is used to determine your eligibility for the Pell Grant. Your most recently filed Federal (1040) tax form is required to complete your FAFSA.  If you have already filed your FAFSA for the current school year, you must add the DCMO BOCES school code to your SAR (Student Aid Report).

To complete the Online FAFSA visit www.fafsa.ed.gov

The DCMO BOCES school code is: 030816


Contact the Financial Aid Office at 607-335-1210.


Pre Entrance Exam

As stated above you must take and pass a pre-entrance exam for admittance to the program.  The exam is called the Test of Essential Academic Skills of TEAS exam and will test your basic knowledge in four different areas.

The TEAS exam consists of four sections:

1. Reading: paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and 
inferences/conclusions (Time: 58 minutes / 48 questions)

2. Math: whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages and ratio/proportion (Time: 51 minutes / 34 questions)

3. Science: science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, basic physical principals and general science (Time: 66 minutes / 54 questions)

4. English and Language Usage: punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words and spelling (Time: 34 minutes / 34 questions)

TEAS Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I best prepare for taking the TEAS? Visit www.atitesting.com. ATI offers review products: a study manual and a online assessment.

2. Can I use a calculator on the TEAS? No, calculators are not allowed.

3. How long will it take for me to get my TEAS scores? Your results will be online at www.atitesting.com within 4-5 days after you have tested.

4. How do I know if I passed the TEAS? The exam provides an evaluation regarding a student’s preparedness for success in this intense course. The results are reviewed on an individual basis and are considered as part of the admission rubric. We recommend a minimum of 55% on the TEAS exam to be considered for the program.

5. Do I have to take the TEAS exam? Yes, all applicants must take the pre-entrance exam in order to be considered for acceptance. If you have already taken the TEAS exam, we require an official transcript of the results sent directly from ATI. Request transcripts from ATI by calling 1-800-667-7531.


We found on-line resources to help you prepare and/or make an assessment if you are ready to take this course.  Please follow the links to free resources: