Practical Nursing Program Draws Adults To Area For Learning

A teacher with red shoulder lenggth hair and wearing a protective face mask, clear face shield, glasses and a black scrub top has their pulse taken by an adult practical nursing student, who is wearing glasses and a protective face mask, a grey scrub top and has a stethoscope around their neck.
Caleigh Torres heard about the quality of our Adult Practical Nursing program and decided to relocate to the Capital Region to enroll and learn with us. “The program has a lot of good opportunities and chances to learn and it is only 10 months long, so it is the perfect fit for me.”

This year, a pair of students from New York City have relocated to the Capital Region to learn in our Adult Practical Nursing program—a testament to the quality of this adult education program. 

“I moved up here for this program because I heard good things about it,” said Caleigh Torres of the Bronx, who is temporarily living in Menands.

She, along with Omoye Aigbedion from Queens, are among more than 100 adults looking to change their careers or bolster their employability through the program, which is offered on the Career & Technical School, Albany Campus.

Neither woman knew each other, but both had heard from friends and family about the program and decided it was the right fit for them.

“I heard about the Capital Region BOCES program from a family friend. I researched the program and it had great reviews so I moved up here,” said Aigbedion, who has relocated temporarily.

The full-time program started in September and continues into June when students will graduate and take the National Council Licensure Examination and apply to become a New York state Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The state-approved Adult Practical Nursing program encompasses 1,100 hours of classroom and clinical study and practice and has a record of accomplishment, with near 100 percent placement of graduates in healthcare jobs.

Both women said they would return to New York City when they complete the class at BOCES, but could not pass up the opportunity to climb the nursing career ladder in the Albany area.

“The program has a lot of good opportunities and chances to learn and it is only 10 months long, so it is the perfect fit for me,” said Torres. “So far, I like the teachers and I am learning a lot.”

Aigbedion agreed.

“I eventually want to be a nurse anesthetist. This program is preparing me for the next step, which is an RN program, and providing me some good opportunities to learn,” she said.

Learn About Our Adult Education Programs

Learn about Capital Region BOCES’  Adult Practical Nursing program, as well as dozens of other courses available to adult learners through our Career & Technical School.