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.

Enrollment for the 2019-20 Rockland BOCES Practical Nursing (PN) session is currently closed. Please check back in January 2020 for information about 2020-21 PN program admissions and entrance testing.

Admission Process

Admission is competitive. Consideration is given to entrance exam results, interview, education and work history. Applicants should:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or TASC/high school equivalency diploma
  • Pass an entrance examination (non-refundable $50 testing fee)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have documentation of legal immigration status from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Complete an interview process
  • Submit completed medical history, physical and immunization records
  • Complete a financial aid application or pay full tuition

Classes are available to assist students in preparing for the entrance exam; for information, call (845) 348-3500.

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Application Process (PDF) Contact Ms. Torres at to schedule a test date.
Transcript Request Form (PDF)
Annual Security Report (PDF)

Entrance Exams

Dates for the PN Entrance Test Prep Class run from April 4th to May 30th. Click here for more information about the Entrance Exam.

Class Schedule

Practical Nursing is a full-time program. All classes run from August to June: Class and lab hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., four days a week and clinical hours one evening per week.

Educational Opportunities

Rockland BOCES has articulation agreements with Dominican College, Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Nyack College and Rockland Community College. The agreements allow BOCES graduates to take challenge exams to qualify for entry into the colleges’ RN programs.

Financial Aid

Pell Grants and direct loans are available to qualified applicants. A financial aid advisor will provide assistance with the application process. Applicants must have proof of U.S. citizenship or legal immigration status to be eligible for financial aid.

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Tuition and Fees (PDF)
Net Price Calculator
Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019 (Word)
Lifetime Learning Credits
American Opportunity Tax Credit

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. Future info session dates/times can be found in the calendar below.

More Information


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

Catherine O'Brien
Assistant Superintendent of Career & Administrative Services

Evelyn Torres
Financial Aid/Admissions Counselor

Mary Shine, R.N.
Program Coordinator

2017-18 Completion Rate

  • Accepted: 46
  • Graduated within normal time: 35
  • Continued in program: 0
  • NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85%

2017-18 Job Placement Rate

  • June 2018 Graduates: 35
  • Related Employment: 83%
  • Unrelated Employment: 3%
  • Continued Education: 34%
  • Unknown: 9%
  • Unemployed: 6%

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


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, 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.
    Executive Director of Human Resources
    Civil Rights Compliance Officer
    Rockland BOCES
    65 Parrott Road
    West Nyack, NY 10994
    (845) 627-4712

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