The purpose of the Practical Nurse program at Berkeley College is to prepare beginning practitioners who will function in the common domain of practical nurse practice after licensure. Practical Nurse program graduates are prepared to care for a group of patients within a variety of healthcare settings including, but not limited to, extended care centers, sub-acute centers, rehabilitation facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices, and home care locations. Graduates are also prepared to continue learning through experience and education.

The faculty supports education and practice in nursing at multiple levels. The faculty recognizes that the scope of practice for all levels of nursing is influenced by a variety of factors, both internal and external to the nursing profession. Clinical experiences are selected to expose students to diverse socioeconomic populations, diverse multicultural populations, and high-risk populations. In addition, the clinical experiences expose students to the management of patients from birth to death.