Assabet Valley Regional Technical School (AVRTS) Practical Nurse Program (PNP) supports and adheres to the mission of the AVRTS district.  Further, the PNP is committed to providing the practical nursing student the education, experience and technology to become a safe, professional provider of nursing care to diverse, multicultural populations, with well-defined health care needs.  The PNP provides and supports professional behavior, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication and safe skill development.  The PNP values individuals who practice competently with care while maintaining ethical standards.  The AVRTS-PNP supports practical nursing as a strong foundation for entry into practice as a professional nurse.  AVRTS-PNP promotes pathways to continuing education to the ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD.

The School is in compliance with Federal Regulations, Title II, Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulations under Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1972, and makes available its advantages, privileges, and course of study without regards, to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, handicap or disability.

​The Practical Nursing students are partnering with Health Tech. students to make Assabet a Dementia Friendly school.  Check out this link to find out more!  


FERPA is a Federal law that is administered by the Family Policy Compliance Office (Office) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department).  20 U.S.C. & 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99.  FERPA applies to all educational agencies and institutions (e.g., schools) that receive funding under any program administered by the Department.  Parochial and private schools at the elementary and secondary levels generally do not receive such funding and are, therefore, not subject to FERPA.  Private post secondary school, however, generally do receive such funding and are subject to FERPA.

Once a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a post secondary institution, he or she becomes an "eligible student," and all rights formerly given to parents under FERPA transfer to the student.  The eligible student has the right to have access to his or her education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records (except in certain circumstances specified in the FERPA regulations, some of which are discussed below), and the right to file a complaint with the Department.  The term "education records" is defined as those records that contain information directly related to a student and which are maintained by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.  For more information and full test of the law to go:  https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html


Completion Rate

Students have the right to know the completion rate for the program.

2017 - 2018

  • 84% completion rate
  • 93% first time pass rate on NCLEX
  • 99% employment of licensed graduates

Assabet Valley Practical Nurse Program



Equal Opportunity

Dementia Friendly

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Assabet Valley Regional Technical School-Practical Nurse Program received a Responsive Grant from the Metrowest Health Foundation to upgrade the Clinical Resource Center- Simulation Lab.  This grant will provide a new AV system for live streaming of simulation scenarios, a video library and faculty training for the new software. A Metrowest Health Foundation Grant was awarded in 2006 for the original construction of the Center and Assabet PN students receive Metrowest Health Foundation Scholarships annually. The partnership of Metrowest Health Foundation has been instrumental in the PN program success.



Assabet Valley LPN Program

The LPN Practices according to the Nurse Practice Act of each state, but generally performs direct care, including the administration of medications, treatments and assists in teaching patients and families.  In many long-term care settings, the LPN manages and delegates the nursing care provided by unlicensed personnel.

The LPN must successfully complete an educational program that provides the knowledge and skills for practice and pass the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN).

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PROFESSIONALISM:  Utilizes clinical reasoning to demonstrate accountability for one's own nursing practice, within legal, ethical and regulatory nursing standards, while promoting and maintaining a positive image of nursing.

COMMUNICATION:  Utilizes clinical reasoning in the development of effective communication skills for use in a variety of health care situations.

SAFETY:  Applies clinical reasoning to the development and maintenance of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide quality and safe patient care throughout the practice environment.

EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE:  Analyzes current evidence coupled with clinical ability and makes linkages demonstrating clinical reasoning to evaluate outcomes of care.

The nursing program has Full Approval Status from the Massachusetts Board of registration in Nursing.  The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc., (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

The institution is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Public Schools Committee on Technical and Career Institutions.