Manchester Community College adds Licensed Practical Nursing program to broaden pathways and meet workforce demands

Nursing students at Manchester Community College gain hands-on experience in the Simulation-Based Clinical Learning Excellence Lab. Courtesy picture

Manchester, NH – Manchester Community College (MCC) is offering a new Licensed Practical Nursing (LCN) program to help meet the increased need for qualified nursing staff in the state’s largest city. The addition of the LPN program expands the pathways for students interested in a career in nursing and is an extension of MCC’s four established healthcare programs – Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LNA), LPN to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) and medical assistant.

MCC becomes the fourth community college in New Hampshire to offer the one-year LPN program, which was established by River Valley Community College (RVCC) in 2019. RVCC and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) have designed the program so that it can expand to multiple campuses in a program-sharing model that helps reduce program administrative costs.

“During the pandemic, there was a huge shortage of nurses in the state,” said Kimberly Perrotta, chair of Allied Health and director of nursing at MCC. “Last autumn there were over 200 LPN positions open in Manchester. Some acute care facilities have changed their models to bring LPNs back into the nursing workforce to alleviate the burden of care. This makes the need for an LPN program very clear, and we wanted to bring a strong academic experience with an accredited program to our students. We can now help train the next generation of highly qualified LPNs to meet the needs workforce while providing an additional educational path for MCC students.”

The 36-credit LPN certificate program integrates theory with simulated activities in the Excellence in Clinical Learning through Simulation (ExCLS) Nursing Lab, a state-of-the-art lab with nine hospital beds and multiple high-tech mannequins. and average fidelity in a realistic hospital. room setting. Once students have learned practical patient care in the laboratory, they will begin clinical training at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), the national nursing licensing examination. This program can serve as a pathway for LNAs to expand their skills and as a prerequisite for the one-year hybrid LNA to RN program.

According to NHeconomy.com, healthcare is one of the largest industries in the state and has seen an increase in vacancies. The demand for labor was prevalent three years ago when the New Hampshire Governor and Legislature allocated seed funding for the LPN program to RVCC. Based on health care needs in the state, the RVCC LPN program has expanded annually to Lakes Region Community College in 2021, White Mountains Community College in 2022, and MCC in 2023.

“We are so proud of the interest and success the LPN program has had throughout New Hampshire and are pleased to offer it to MCC to serve the greater Manchester area,” said Eileen Glover, who launched the LPN program at RVCC and serves as Valley’s River Chair Allied Health. “Since we launched this program in 2020, we have enrolled nearly 100 students. Of those who graduated, there was a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX-PN, and these individuals went on to work in healthcare positions. Our goal is to continue to expand this program to other parts of the state.

The application deadline for the January 2023 LPN program cohort at MCC is September 30. Prerequisites include medical training with basic nursing skills or being an LNA.

Manchester Community College is part of CCSNH and offers more than 65 associate degree and certificate programs for transfer and vocational training in the following areas: Arts, Humanities and Communication; Company; education, social and behavioral sciences; health sciences and services; Industry and Transport; and STEM and advanced manufacturing. MCC also offers non-credit professional and workforce development, as well as customized in-company training. For more information, visit www.mccnh.edu.

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