Prepare for Nationally Recognized Certifications

Learn the skills and knowledge necessary to be a valuable member of today’s health care team as you work under the direction of nurses, doctors or other authorized health care provider. The School of Practical Nursing at Western Suffolk BOCES is approved by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.

BOCES’ program offers a low student-to-teacher ratio that allows many opportunities for highly personalized, hands-on instruction. The School prepares students to work with patients and medical staff in medical facilities including nursing homes. Students are then assigned to a clinical site at one of Long Island’s excellent health care facilities where they work under the guidance of an experienced health care professional. Classes are held at Wilson Technological Center’s Northport campus.

What are the basic requirements to be a Practical Nurse?

You must have a high school diploma or equivalent plus a satisfactory score on the Pre-Entrance Exam which is given several times a year at Wilson Tech’s Northport campus. Excellent personal references and a personal interview are also required.

Employment Outlook

Practical Nurses provide basic medical care in hospitals and nursing homes under the direction of registered nurses, doctors or other authorized health care provider. BOCES offers lifetime job placement services at Wilson Tech to help graduates find jobs upon graduation and even years later.

To learn more about the nature of the work, training and other needed qualifications, employment levels, job outlook, potential earnings, related occupations and sources of additional information, here is what the U.S. Department of Labor reports for the job title Practical Nurse. Learn more about the occupational outlook and what practical nurses do.

Gainful Employment for Practical Nurses

To help prospective students make informed choices about the full-time programs Western Suffolk BOCES offers, details about tuition, graduation rates and more are available as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Job Placement

Western Suffolk BOCES trains you for a great career and then helps you find that all important first job. Our Job Placement Office link this to the Job Placement page offers lifetime placement to help you advance in your chosen field.

Accredited by:

Western Suffolk BOCES has been accredited as an authorized provider by:
Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
840 Roswell Rd., Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Phone: 770-396-3898
Fax: 770-396-3790

Approved by:
Western Suffolk BOCES Practical Nursing program has been approved by:
New York State Education Department
(Hegis Code 5209.20)

Council of Practical Nursing Programs of New York State
Nassau-Suffolk Coordinating Council for Nursing Education and Practice
National League for Nursing
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses