New Adult Practical Nursing Students Pursue An In-Demand Career

Adult Practical Nursing students, gathered around a hospital bed in a classroom, talk with a teacher.
Students new to Capital Region BOCES’ Adult Practical Nursing (APN) program will earn the skills needed to enter this in-demand and rewarding profession.

Learners fresh out of high school, as well as adults looking to launch a new career are among the 100+ students to enter our Adult Practical Nursing program this fall.

The New York state-approved Adult Practical Nursing (APN) program encompasses 1,100 hours of classroom and clinical study and practice, and prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination and apply to become a New York state Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). 

In compliance with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, student will be learning in a hybrid model—reporting for in-person classes every other day and taking lessons virtually on their “off days.” Clinical hours will continue to be met in facilities around the region.

“I’ve been a [Certified Nurse Assistant] for 20 years. I love nursing and I want to continue to step up the career ladder,” said Shamna Johnson of Troy.

Licensed practical nurses (LPN) are in demand and rewarded for their skills—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecast an 11 percent growth  in the profession for this decade with a median salary of $47,480 in 2019.

“We’ve had really good candidates come out of these programs,” said Celeste Conte, a recruiter for Albany Medical Center. “We had a number of hires from the [Capital Region BOCES Adult Nursing] career fair  in the past year and I see no reason why this year will be different.”