The Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Program for Practical Nursing will be offering one the last TEAS® Session on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 as part of the Fall 2021 enrollment process. This will be an Express Admissions Process, which means all required documents listed for the Practical Nursing Program 2021-2022 Admission Process are due Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Enter a profession that is rooted to the Hippocratic Oath for doctors and the Florence Nightingale Pledge for nursing. Engage in the sacred union between caregiver and patient. New York State is considered one of the states with high employment rates, high concentration of jobs and high wages for practical nurses. The industry includes nursing care facilities, general medical and surgical hospitals, long-term care and assisted living communities, and much more.

The Practical Nursing course reduces the time commitment and financial obligations of a college program. Our 10-month program results in NYS certification that is transferable to most states and offers access to financial assistance.

The Program for Practical Nursing at the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES is accredited by the New York State Education Department. Graduates are eligible for admittance to the New York State Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).

Please Note: If you have ever been convicted of a crime or are currently under charges for any crime, including DWI, this may jeopardize your ability to be licensed in New York State. Direct your questions to the New York State Department of Health with specific concerns.

This program is approved by the NYS Bureau of Veterans Education.

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Classes run from September through June at the Bohlen and Sackett Technical Centers and from January through January (no classes July and August) at the Bohlen technical Center.

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What Licensed Practical Nurses Do?

Licensed practical nurses (LPN's) provide basic nursing care.  They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

How to Become a Licensed Practical 

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) must complete a state-approved educational program, which typically takes about 1 year to complete.  LPN's must be licensed in order to be employed.  Employment opportunities include:

  • Nursing Care Facilities (e.g., Skilled Nursing Facilities)
  • Offices of Physicians
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Home Health Care Services
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
  • Public Health Organizations


In May 2018, the median annual wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Government  $48,050
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities $47,470
  • Home Healthcare Services $46,510
  • Hospitals (state, local and private) $44,630
  • Offices of Physicians $42,520

Job Outlook

Employment of licensed practical is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase.  LPN's will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.