Practical Nursing

About The Program

Total Hours: 1,080
Classes begin each fall for Rockland BOCES’ full-time Practical Nursing program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nursing given by the New York State Board of Nursing.

All PN information sessions will be held via Zoom video conferencing. To access an upcoming virtual session, contact Evelyn Torres via email at

The Rockland BOCES Practical Nursing program is accredited by the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions.

Initial Accreditation: 12/1974
Accreditation Term:
5 Years

Date of Last Evaluation: Spring 2021
Date of Next Evaluation:
Spring 2026

Enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year will open in February 2023.

Step 1: Information Session

Attend a mandatory Information Session via Zoom video conferencing. Select an information session date and email your request to

Click here for the course description.

February March April May June
10AM 6PM 10AM 6PM 10AM 6PM 10AM 6PM 10AM  
2/17/23 2/9/23 3/10/23 3/1/23 4/28/23 4/19/23 5/12/23 5/10/23 6/2/23 (final date)  
      3/15/23   4/26/23   5/17/23    

Step 2: Entrance Test

Register online for an entrance test date for the 2023-24 academic year. A credit card is required to complete the online test reservation, along with a computer or laptop with internet service and a web camera (if taking the test online, 10AM-12PM) and photo ID (if taking the test in-person at the West Nyack campus, 2-4PM). See dates for both online and in-person tests below.
Click here to register online.

Click on Step 2 and Step 2a to learn more about the entrance test.

February March April May June
2/22/23 3/2/23 3/21/23 4/4/23 4/25/23 5/2/23 5/18/23    
  2/23/23 3/7/23 3/23/23 4/11/23 4/27/23 5/4/23 5/23/23    
    3/9/23 3/28/23 4/13/23   5/9/23 5/25/23    
    3/14/23 3/30/23 4/18/23   5/11/23 5/30/23    
    3/16/23   4/20/23   5/16/23      



3/13/23 3/27/23 4/3/23 4/17/23 5/1/23 5/15/23 6/5/23 (final date)  
      4/24/23   5/22/23      


Step 3: Interview

Participate in an interview after passing reading and math tests. Please be prepared to submit completed application, written recommendations and required paperwork for your interview appointment. Missing documents will delay the application process and place the applicant on a waitlist.

Click on Step 3 and Step 3a to learn how to prepare for the online interview.

4/18/23 5/16/23 6/20/23          
3-7PM 3-7PM 3-7PM          

Step 4: Acceptance Letter

Receive an acceptance letter for admission into the Practical Nursing program. Applicants who have successfully completed steps 1-3 will be notified via email on either April 28, May 31 or June 23.

Click on Step 4 and Step 4a for next steps after receiving an acceptance letter.

Step 5: Financial Aid Appointment

Schedule an appointment with the financial aid advisor upon receipt of the acceptance letter. You must complete a financial aid application before scheduling an appointment. Be prepared to present income tax information. Self-pay applicants must sign a payment agreement. It is important to meet with the financial aid advisor to finalize all required documentation by the deadline date (July 28, 2023). Contact the Financial Aid Office by calling (845) 627-4830 or emailing

Click here for Cost of Attendance and Federal Student Aid information.

May June July
  6/22/23 7/10-14/23  
  6/27/23 7/17-21/23  
  6/29/23 7/24-27/23  

Step 6: Mandatory Orientation

All students are required to attend one orientation session. If a student does not attend one of the orientations listed below, they will be removed from the class roster.

Click here for important information about the orientation.

July (Session A)  July (Session B) 
7/26/23 7/26/23
10AM-12PM 6-8PM

Important Notes

  • Dates for testing or interviews are subject to change due to inclement weather or staff availability.
  • Two written professional recommendations are required at the interview appointment.
  • Final appointment slot for financial aid is July 27, 2023 – no exceptions.
  • Financial aid deadline to finalize all paperwork is July 28, 2023 – no extensions (pending Federal Regulations, cost of attendance and tuition before public release).
  • Fees are due no later than August 4, 2023 – no extensions.

Helpful Links

Accessing NSLDS
Student State Complaint Process
Transcript Request Form

Higher Education Emergency Relief/CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) and CARES Act Student Portion Report 1/2021 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 9/2020 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 12/2020 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) Quarterly Budget And Expenditure Report 3/2021 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) and CARES Act Quarterly Student Portion Report 3/2021 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I) and CARES Act Quarterly Report 6/2021 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) and CRRSAA Quarterly Report 6/2021 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I & II) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 6/2021 (PDF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) and CRRSAA Quarterly Student Portion Report 9/2021 (PDF)
02272900_Institutional Quarterly Budget Report_Q093021_101021 (PDF)
02272900 ARP HEERF III Quarterly Student Portion Report 12/2021 (PDF)
02272900_Institutional Quarterly Budget Report_Q12312021_01102022 (PDF)
02272900 ARP HEERF III Quarterly Student Portion Report 03_2022 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF Institutional Quarterly_Q01012022_03312022 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF_Annual Report2_12312021 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF Institutional Quarterly_Q06302022 -07112022 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF Institutional Quarterly Report Q09302022 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF Institutional Quarterly Budget Reporting_fin Q10012022-12312022 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF_Annual_Report 2_12312021_UPDATED (PDF)
02272900_HEERF_Annual_Report 3_12312022 (PDF)
02272900_HEERF Institutional Quarterly Report_Q01012023_03312023 (PDF)

Online Info Sessions

Practical Nursing (PN) information sessions offer the opportunity to learn more about the Rockland BOCES PN experience – curriculum, academic advisement, clinical rotations, financial aid, requirements for admission and other topics. Dates/times are posted in the calendar below.

More Information


Practical Nursing
65 Parrott Road, Building #3
West Nyack, NY 10995
(845) 627-4830

Evelyn Torres
Financial Aid/Admissions Counselor

Mary Shine, R.N.
Program Coordinator

2021-22 Completion Rate
(as of January 31, 2023)

  • Accepted: 48
  • Graduated within normal time: 29
  • Continued in program: 0
  • NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97%

2021-22 Job Placement Rate (as of January 31, 2023)

  • June 2022 Graduates: 29
  • Related Employment: 94%
  • Unrelated Employment: 3%
  • Continued Education: 24%*
  • Unknown: 0%
  • Unemployed: 0%

*Some of the students are also employed

Consumer Information

Median Loan Debt

  • Title IV Loan Debt: $10,400
  • Private Education Loan Debt: $6,000
  • Institutional Finance Plan: Not available at this institution

Employment Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Home health agencies
  • Private care

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view files posted above in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and may be downloaded free from the Adobe website. Unable to access a publication? Please contact LPN Financial Aid/Admissions Counselor via email ( or by calling (845) 627-4830 for assistance.


Rockland BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, reproductive rights decisions, gender (sex), gender identity, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status or political affiliation, and additionally does not discriminate against students on the basis of weight, gender identity, gender expression, and religious practices or any other basis prohibited by New York State and/or federal non-discrimination laws in employment or its programs and activities. Rockland BOCES provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth organizations. Inquiries regarding Rockland BOCES non-discrimination policies or procedures should be directed to either:

  1. Yasmin Helou-Caré, Ph.D.
    Assistant Superintendent For Human Resources
    Civil Rights Compliance Officer
    Rockland BOCES
    65 Parrott Road
    West Nyack, NY 10994
    (845) 627-4729

  2. United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights