Practical Nursing

Successful graduates of the School of Practical Nursing at Western Suffolk BOCES work in health care facilities across the metropolitan New York area under the direction of nurses, doctors or other authorized health care provider. Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can also be a springboard to other careers in health care. Those who successfully complete the New York State-approved Practical Nursing program at BOCES meet the qualifications for admission to the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).
The School, located at Wilson Tech’s Northport campus, helps prepare adults with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the health needs of our ever-changing society. The low ratio of students to faculty allows many opportunities for individualized instruction.

Western Suffolk BOCES is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Council on Occupational Education

Program Outcomes for 2021 Graduates

Retention Rate:  71%

Graduation Rate: 67%

Job Placement Rate 82%

NCLEX Passage Rate 79%

Program Faculty

Health Careers Administrator
Rosemary Nagler, MSNed, BS, RN, College of St Rose

Health Careers Coordinator
Florence Cavalcante,  MSNed, BS, RN Wilkes University

Day Program Faculty

Karen Greenholz, MSN, RN, Adelphi University
Veronica H. Jones, MSNed, RN, SUNY Stony Brook
Madalyn Lewand, MSNed, BSN, RN, Molloy College
Dorreen Amick, BSN, RN, Hunter College

Patricia Gillen, BSN, RN, Adelphi University

Evening Program Faculty

Laura Flerx, MSNed, RN,  South University
Shirley Pancir, MSN, BSN, RN, Walden University

Maryann Schramm, MSNed, BS, RN, Molloy College
Tressa Chirico, BSN, RN, SUNY Stony Brook

Flex Faculty

Annie Kazandjian, MSN, RN, SUNY Stony Brook
Latasha Sukhoo, MSN, RN, Molloy College
Veronica Banek, BSN, RN, SUNY Stony Brook
Kerita Jackson, BS, RN-BC, St. Joseph’s College



Why choose BOCES School of Practical Nursing?

  • Approved by the New York State Education Department
  • Successful graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing.
  • Financial Aid and tuition payment plans available to those who qualify. Financial Aid counselor available.
  • Advanced placement available in the BOCES School of Surgical Technology within one year of graduation.
  • Be eligible for licensure as an LPN in as little as 18 months.
  • Attend full-time or part-time.
  • Experienced faculty with diversified educational and clinical backgrounds
  • Educational resources include nursing skills lab, computer lab, library and audiovisual aids
  • Student assistance and counseling at our Career Center
  • One of the largest Practical Nursing programs in NYS with more than 50 years of experience
  • Most recent graduates had a 81% NYS Board pass rate.
  • Opportunities to pursue higher education through affiliation with Registered Nursing programs at local colleges
  • Job placement services available