Practical Nursing Programs

Tri-County’s Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare the graduate for competent, ethical entry level practice in the care of diverse populations with common or stable health care needs in structured health care settings. Tri-County offers this program in two separate schedule formats; 10 month Day Program and an 20 month Evening Program.

Students interested in postsecondary programs at Tri-County should also visit this page for additional information: Postsecondary Programs page


10 month Day Program:
September – June
Classes meet 5 days/week, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 2:30pm
Application for Acceptance Time frame: November 3, 2019 – March 31, 2020
20 month Evening Program:
Begins every other September on the ODD Year.  Next program begins September 2021
Classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 4:00pm – 9:30pm  (Day & evening students may be required to attend clinical rotational times other than their normal school hours.)
Applications for Acceptance Time Frame: October 2020 – March 2021

Important Information

TEAS Testing

As part of the pre-admission process for the Tri-County Practical Nursing Program, applicants must take the TEAS Exam, Test of Essential Academic Skills, as entrance exam for the Practical Nursing Program.

Pre-Admission Exam Scores:
Reading- 64.3%         
Math – 46.7%
 Science – 35.4%
English- 56.7%

TEAS Exam Preparation and Review Program (Optional)

Tri-County offers an optional TEAS Exam Review program each September to help those preparing for the Practical Nursing entrance exam. Registration for this exam preparation program begins mid-August. Course details and registration information for the upcoming exam review/preparation program. More Information

TEAS Testing Dates 

Day program beginning September 2020

November 2, 2019 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Register Here
December 7, 2019 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Register Here
February 1, 2020 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Register Here                          
March 7, 2020 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Register Here

**Registrations for any of the testing dates are taken on a first-come, first served basis.  Payment is required at time of registration.  Walk-in registrations on the day of the exam will NOT be accepted.

To download the TEAS Test Information Sheet click here (PDF)

Click on PDF to download the TEAS Pre-Entrance Testing Registration Form and information for the 2020-2021 Practical Nursing Program (PDF)

Tuition and Fees (2020-2021)

– Application Fee (Non-refundable): $25.00
– In-District Tuition (Day Program Only) $6,850.00
– In-State Tuition $12,300.00
– Out of State Tuition $13,600.00
– Student Fee (Non-refundable) *due before 1st class $895.00
– Health Record Management Service Fee $29.50 or $35.00  (payable to service provider, See the Postsecondary Programs page for additional information)
– Drug Testing Fee for Clinical $42.00 (payable to service provider)
– EHR Tutor (Electronic Medical Record) $65.00

*When class commences, In-District & Out of District Tuition cannot be changed
*Student fee includes the cost of on-line testing, supplemental review books, laboratory kit and graduation expense (graduation attire not included).
*There will be a $20.00 charge for all returned checks *Do NOT send cash via mail

Upon acceptance, a $200.00 deposit is due to secure enrollment. 

DAY STUDENTS: On or before July 15, 50% of the tuition is due. The remaining tuition balance is due at the first day of school unless you choose to enroll in the Payment Plan Program.

A tuition deposit of 1/4 of total tuition is required by July 15. 1/2 is required before the first day of classes unless student chooses to enroll in the payment plan. 

3/4 of your tuition is required to be paid by July 15. Tuition must be paid in FULL before the first day of class unless the student is enrolled in the payment plan.
In-District Tuition is applicable to the following towns:

Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, Wrentham

How to qualify for In-District or In-State Tuition:

Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License AND Signed Lease Agreement OR Mortgage Statement OR most recent Employment Paystub need to be presented by the student to the Adult Education Office for proof of in-district or in-state residence.  (All documents must have current in-district address, within the past 3 months)

Technical Standards

Students entering the practical nursing program must be able to meet the technical standards required of practical nursing students and must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

1. Read and comprehend textbook material at a minimum of the 11th grade level.
2. Communicate and assimilate information whether spoken, printed, signed or computer voice format in fluent English.
3. Gather, analyze and draw conclusions from data.
4. Stand for a minimum of two (2) hours.
5. Walk for a minimum of six (6) hours, not necessarily consecutively.
6. Stoop, bend and twist for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
7. Lift 40-pounds or assist with transfer of a person.
8. Determine by touch: hot/cold, wet/dry, hard/soft.
9. Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to perform precision psychomotor skills.
10. Maintain hearing sufficient to respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells and vital sign assessment equipment.
11. Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
12. Remain calm, rational, and decisive and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
13. Exhibit interpersonal skills appropriate to professional interactions.
14. Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
15. Function without causing harm to self or others while performing nursing care.
16. Maintain vision sufficient for the performance of precision skills and be able to discern color, for example, cyanosis, pallor, jaundice and color changes.
17. Demonstrate emotional stability.
18. Be free of communicable diseases.

*Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates for admission to the practical nursing program are required to:

1. Take a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam Version 6 administered at Tri-County. Test results above these scores are preferred for entrance into the program.                             

                              Reading 64.3%          Math 46.7%
                              Science 35.4%          English 56.7%

2. Upon passing the TEAS Test, applicants will complete and submit an application form along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

3. Provide three references. References are to be professional: either current or former supervisor, employer, or instructor.

4. Submit a 250 word hand written essay 

5. Provide satisfactory evidence of high school graduation or its equivalent. No photocopies will be accepted. For students that attended high school outside of the United States, your high school transcript must be translated by the:

Center for Educational Documentation (CED)
PO Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
Tel: (617) 338.7171

Candidates are responsible for all fees and expenses associated with the translation of their transcripts.

6. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age before entrance into the program. Proof of age is required with a birth certificate.

7. Interview with the Director of the Practical Nursing Program.

8. Meet all technical standards of the program.

9. Application deadline is the end of March. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee.  Letters will be mailed in April. 

10. Enrollment in the program is dependent upon the submission of all required documents, fees and Health and Immunization Requirements by August 1st.  Applicants must submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) release at Orientation.  Enrollment in the program will be dependent upon the CORI results.

11. Show evidence of compliance with MA Department of Public Health immunizations requirements.

          Additional required documentation will be detailed upon acceptance into the program.

Accepted Applications

Will be required to submit a Criminal Offender Record Information release (CORI)
Must pay an initial fee in the amount of $200.00 to secure their enrollment
Please call 508-528-5400 x117, with any questions

Health Requirements

Students must meet all health requirements of the program by providing (upon Acceptance) the following documents by August 1.

1. Proof of Physical Exam within 6 months of the program start date

2. Proof of Immunizations according to the DPH (Department of Public Health):

Hepatitis B vaccine (3 doses are mandatory and evidence of immunity)
MMR vaccine and evidence of immunity
Negative TB testing (2 step)
Varicella vaccine & evidence of immunity

3. Seasonal Flu Shot

4. Proof of current CPR (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider and AED) Certification, America Heart Association or the American Red Cross and must be maintained throughout the entire program

5. Proof of current Health Insurance throughout the entire program

6. Proof of Liability Insurance Policy for student nurse.  ( to purchase insurance)

Tuition Payment Schedule

Once accepted into the program to secure enrollment, all students must pay a registration fee of $200.

DAY STUDENTS: A tuition deposit of 50% is required by July 15.  The remaining balance is required before the 1st day of classes unless the student chooses to enroll in the Payment Plan. Student fee is due on or before the first class.


A tuition deposit of 1/4 of tuition is required by July 15. 1/2 is required before the first day of classes unless student chooses to enroll in the Payment Plan. Student fee is due on or before the first class.


3/4 tuition is required by July 15. Tuition must be paid in FULL before the first day of class unless the student is enrolled in the Payment Plan.

Financial Aid/Payment Plan

Federal Financial Aid, in the form of Pell Grants, is available for this program. Tri-County encourages students to apply for Financial Aid through using Tri-County’s school code of 041220. Tri-County does not provide access to student loans at this time. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information at 508-528-5400 x111.

FACTS Payment Plan

There is a $50.00 enrollment fee due upon acceptance into the payment plan program. Monthly payments for the balance of tuition will be made by the fifteenth of each month. Late payment fees are applicable. Payments must be made, regardless of attendance.  More information about the Payment Plan Program is available on the Postsecondary Programs page.

Refund Policy

Refunds are processed upon receipt of written notification of withdrawal from the program. Refunds are processed automatically.

If you withdraw:

100% of fee minus $100 withdrawal fee before the start date
60% of fee minus $100 withdrawal fee before the second week of class
40% of fee minus $100 withdrawal fee before the third week of class
There will be NO refunds after the third class

Additional Expenses

Students incur additional expenses for items such as, uniforms, books, supplies, equipment, NCLEX test fee, license, and optional NCLEX review. Living and transportation expenses related to school attendance or clinical rotation are the responsibility of each student. The list below outlines the most common additional student expenses that are not covered by the tuition and fees and is meant to serve as an estimate only.

Textbooks ………………………………………………………..$1,100

School Uniforms …………………………………………………..$200

School Nurse Liability Insurance ………………………………..$40

Health Record Management Service fee  ………………$29.50-$35.00

Drug Testing fee ………………………………………………….. $42/annually

Graduation uniform ………………………………………… $50-$100

EHR Tutor (Electronic Medical Record) ……………………….$65

CED (translation of foreign H.S. transcripts if necessary) …$90

Clinical parking fees (approx.) …………………………………..$50

NCLEX-PN exam fee …………………………………………….$200

Nurse License Application ……………………………………..$230

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Practical Nurse 10-Month Program Gainful Employment Disclosure 2019 Click here for the PDF
Practical Nurse 20 Month Program Gainful Employment Disclosure 2019 Click here for the PDF

Meet the Instructors

Students in the Practical Nursing Program are taught by talented instructors with years of experience in the healthcare industry. Learn more about the level of expertise each instructor brings to the table by reading the brief professional summaries below.

Full-time Faculty

Penelope B. Hennessy, MS, RN
Director of the Tri-County Practical Nursing Program

Penelope Hennessy’s resume includes 20 years of experience in nursing education.  She has held the position of Director of the Practical Nursing Program since 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Worcester State College, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College. Ms. Hennessy also holds a Vocational Certification in Practical Nursing. Prior to becoming a nurse educator, she worked as a hospital staff RN and visiting nurse.

Patricia Munger, MSN, RN 
Theory/Clinical Instructor  

Patricia Munger’s academic degrees include a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Regis University. Ms. Munger also holds a Vocational Certification in Practical Nursing. Her past professional titles include assistant director of an adult day health center and staff nurse on a medical floor of a hospital. She has experience in Geriatric nursing       

Tara Lane, BSN, RN
Theory/Clinical Instructor

Tara Lane has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Vocational Certification in Practical Nursing. Her professional experience as a nurse includes work as a staff nurse on a medical unit in a hospital and as a nurse educator for nursing staff. Ms. Lane was an instructor in the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Medical Careers Program prior to joining the Tri-County Postsecondary Practical Nursing Program. She is currently the SkillsUSA Series Director for Health Occupations in the State.

Lisa Ferrigno, MSN, RN
Theory/Clinical Instructor

Lisa Ferrigno  has an MSN in Nursing Education from Framingham State University. She has had  a varied nursing career from orthopedics to home Intravenous care and rehabilitation. Ms. Ferrigno has taught from the Certified Nursing Assistant level to the Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Program at Quincy College.

Part-time Faculty

Jennifer Cullinan, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Theory Instructor

Jennifer Cullinan is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She  received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Simmons College. Her professional experience has been in the emergency room, medical-surgical unit and in pediatric home care. She is currently the Senior Director for Residential Healthcare Services in the surrounding communities. She would like to share her knowledge with future nurses.

Maureen Hall, BSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Maureen Hall  holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from Laboure College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Boston State College. She has worked as a school nurse, hospital staff RN and is certified in Perinatal Nursing. She currently is a staff RN on the Mother Bay Unit at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Kerry Ann Rodrick, BSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Kerry Rodrick has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Curry College. She started her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and then continued her nursing education. She currently works as an RN at Boston Medical Center. She is an experienced nurse with the ability to have the opportunity to teach student nurses in the clinical setting.

Stephanie Doyle, BSN, RN
Clinical Instructor

Stephanie Doyle is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Her professional experience has been working at Rhode Island Hospital as a staff RN. She has a passion for both nursing and education.