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Practical Nursing Program

Andrea D. Ruff, M.S., R.N.
Coordinator of Healthcare Occ

The Center for Learning
12 Allen Street
Auburn, NY 13021
P:  (315) 253-4899

The Practical Nursing Program is an eleven (11) month program with 1210 hours of classroom and clinical instruction combined. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for sub-acute and chronically ill clients of all ages. The Practical Nursing Program uses Dorothea Orem’s Theory of self-care to guide students from a dependent relationship towards the goal of becoming independent practitioners. The New York State Education Department, Division of Professional Education Services approves the Practical Nursing program. Students who successfully meet the program requirements are eligible to sit for the National Council for Nurses Licensing Examination.

Disclaimer: Criminal background, conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect the ability to be licensed in New York State.

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The Practical Nursing program is offered once a year and classes are scheduled from August to July. Students participate in classroom and clinical experiences Tuesday through Friday.

Last Week in August Through Mid-October Schedule
Tuesday through Friday
Theory Days
8 am - 3:30 pm
Location is The Center for Learning,
12 Allen Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Mondays (not a required day)
Study groups, exam retakes, laboratory remediation
(By appointment or scheduled session)
Location is The Center for Learning
Mid-October through July Schedule
Clinical Days
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Theory Days
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
NOTE:  The practical nursing calendar does NOT follow the county school calendar.
The program offers 606 hours of theory instruction with the option for remediation on Mondays, 99 hours of laboratory experiences, and 505 hours of clinical hours. Clinical experiences progress from basic care in Local Nursing Homes to Acute Care at Auburn Community Hospital. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to explore other areas of interest in local physician’s offices, some home care services, dialysis, obstetrics and mental health. Each unit of instruction is evaluated with written multiple choice examinations. Students are evaluated daily in the clinical areas. Expected skills will progress from simple tasks to more complex ones. Students who complete the first semester of the nursing program and all of the required clinical hours with a passing average will be allowed to sit for the Certified Nurse Assistant examination. The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) examination provides Department of Health Certification to practice as a CNA in any nursing home. Some clinical observations have different hours.

  • Completion of the application process (see application).
  • Applicant must possess either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Students in the practical nursing program must have strong reading and reasoning skills.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as a tool to assess an applicant’s ability for reading and math. It is administered as the primary requirement for admission.
  • Minimum scores for TEAS overall in 50% and the reading comprehension minimum score is 60%.
  • Any applicant who does not meet minimum scores will be given one opportunity to retake the test at an additional cost.
  • All students are required to have a physical examination by a primary care provider as well as a TB test and Rubella & Rubeola Titres.
  • Students accepted into the program must reach age 18 prior to the date of graduation.
  • Students are required to have CPR (at their own expense) for the health care provider prior to entering any clinical agency (October)


Admission Deadlines:
  • EARLY Acceptance: Application deadline is March 1, 2019 *All references, pre-admission testing, and transcripts due by March 29, 2019.
  • FINAL Acceptance: Deadline is May 31, 2019 *Application and all references, pre-admission testing and transcripts are due by this date.
** The following forms are required for an application to be considered complete:
Anatomy and Physiology
  • This course provides students with information about the body structures and functions. Students use models and notes to study the body and its functions.
  • Students learn about infectious agents, their processes, and how to prevent the spread of infection. 
  • This course teaches the importance of food both personally for health maintenance and for the treatment of disease.
Fundamental Skills of Nursing Practice
  • This course develops basic nursing care skills and integrates interventions for clients. 
Growth and Development
  • This course is designed to assist students to gather the knowledge and skills necessary when providing care to clients of varying ages. The clinical experience occurs in nursing homes (Finger Lakes Center for Living and The Commons at St. Anthony) and other community agencies (Auburn Community Hospital and local schools). 
  • This course provides students with knowledge and skills related to medication administration. Medication actions are correlated with the diseases and body systems.
  • Students are required to pass a Drug Dosing Exam with a 100% in order to continue through the program.
Medical Surgical Nursing
  • This course deals with diseases and disorders of the various body systems. It is taught in units according to each body system. Nutrition, Pharmacology, and Pediatric conditions are integrated into this course. 
Mental Health Nursing
  • This course deals with caring for clients with mental illness and supporting the mental health of clients. Clinical experience is provided in different areas of Auburn Community Hospital.
Pediatric Nursing
  • Students learn about conditions of infants and children including medication administration and nursing procedures specifically aimed at children. 
  • This course is designed to assist the student to identify and meet the needs of the elderly client.
The Practical Nursing program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES prepares students for exciting and fulfilling careers in the medical environment. The following are employment opportunities for an individual in this career:
  • CNA certification available
  • Office nursing
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Home care agencies
  • Community agencies
  • Residences for the disabled
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • All exams, homework and quiz grades will be averaged using a pre-determined percentage for each category. The final semester average must be a 76% in order to be eligible to continue on within the Practical Nursing program. No rounding of grades will be permitted, students must achieve the 76% without the use of rounding. 
  • Completion of a medication dosage examination with 100% is required in order to complete the Practical Nursing Program.
  • Satisfactory completion of all mandatory clinical hours is required in order to complete the Practical Nursing program.
  • Payment of any tuition or fees owed to the school is required in order to graduate from the Practical Nursing program.
  • Return of any used/borrowed equipment is required in order to complete the Practical Nursing Program.
  • Students are expected to be in attendance 95% of scheduled class hours.
  • All clinical absences must be made up, at an additional cost to the student, before advancing to the next semester.
  • All clinical absences must be made up. Students will be charged $450 per day for each clinical make-up day. This fee may be shared by up to, but no more than eight (8) students.
  • Clinical makeup must be done in the area missed.
  • Attendance is an important part of employability!


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