New Classes start September 2021! 

Admission Procedure for Full Time and Part Time for September 2021

Step One – Entrance Exam  update-

Applicants must submit your TEAS exam results or schedule an entrance exam directly with ATI testing at http:/www.atitesting.com/.  To be eligible for the limited seating in our Full-time Program, you must obtain an Academic Preparedness Level of "Proficient", " Advances", or "Exemplary".  When registering for the exam, you should register the ATI account with "Dutchess County BOCES" as the institute in order for us to receive your scores.  

  • If you have taken the TEAS test within the past 12 months, please call the school to determine eligibility.

In order to receive your application into the program, please email an Individual Performance Profile sheet Page 1 showing all four sections of the TEAS exam results to keely.arico@dcboces.org


Step Two – Admission Application (click on Youtube video for program information video)


  • Admission Applications information will be distributed to each candidate via e-mail or U.S.. postal service. Please note e-mailing will be quicker; applications will be accepted in the order they are completed. There are a limited number of seats available for the September 2021 sessions.
    • A $100.00 non refundable Application Fee in the form of a money order or certified bank check made out to Dutchess BOCES will be required with the submission of the Application all in one envelope, except for the high school credential which is send directly from the issuing body.
    • Applications must be submitted by May 7, 2021; no in-person drop offs. Applications must be mailed.
    • Always include “School of Practical Nursing” in all items mailed to our school.
    • This program is approved by the U.S.. Department of Veteran Affairs, Dutchess One Stop, ACCES-VR and Employer/Labor Organizations.
    • Federal Student Aid is available for eligible applicants. Start this process as soon as possible. Students may fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov using our school code of 014530 (DUTCHESS COUNTY BOCES SCH PRAC NURS). You will receive further instructions via email on how to access our Financial Aid Portal after your have been accepted into the program. 
  • Applicants will be accepted as their applications become complete. Applications should be completed as quickly as possible in order to avoid being placed on a wait-list.  
    • Each applicant will be required to process their high school credential request from the issuing body. Students may order their transcripts now in order to avoid future delays. The following acceptable high school credential must be sent directly to us from the issuing body:
  • An official high school transcript with the graduation date must be sent directly to us by the issuing high school.
  • An official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) transcript with scores must be sent directly to us by the issuing body ($10.) See http://www.acces.nysed.gov/common/access/files/hse/attachmenth.pdf for more information regarding NYS High School Equivalency Diploma.
    • Please note that high school equivalency diplomas obtained online are not accepted for entrance into the Practical Nursing program
  • A foreign high school evaluation must be mailed directly to us, stating that the foreign credential is equivalent to a United States high school diploma
    • WORLD  EDUCATION SERVICES, INC., P. O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087, Phone 212-966-6311 or www.wes.org/app
  • If another company is used for the high school evaluation, they must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/members.html
  • References should be sent in the application envelope. Suggested professional references include supervisors, guidance counselors, teachers, volunteer oversight administrators, pastors and coaches. Please do not use family, friends or coworkers.
  • Background checks through Castle Branch are required as part of the application process, with a current fee of $138.76.  Information will be provided in the Application and is subject to change. Criminal clearance is required for acceptance. (Convictions will require Certificate of Good Conduct or Relief from Disabilities from the Court.)
  • Applicant records their TEAS score on application and may continue with the application process based upon the following ATI Academic Preparedness Level:
    • Basic – eligible to apply for part-time program only when available (currently only available in September.)
    • Proficient – eligible to apply for part-time or full-time program
    • Advanced -  eligible to apply for part-time or full-time program
    • Exemplary – eligible to apply for part-time or full-time program
    • Developmental – Does not meet the criteria for admission

It should be noted that passing the TEAS exam does not guarantee admission into the School of Practical Nursing. However; it is one of the mandatory criteria.  If a waitlist needs to be created, preferential seating will be given to applicants for the next available program.

  • Applicants who have met the minimum TEAS scores must submit their completed application packet as quickly as possible. Wait listed students will be offered enrollment pending future program availability.
  • If there are still seats available after May 7, 2021, a second round of testing with ATI may be added after May 14th.
  • Applications are evaluated in the order they are received; only complete applications will be processed for acceptance.
  • If applicant is not a United States citizen, a current alien registration card will be required. Student Visa is not acceptable. Federal law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (8NYCRR §59.4) limit the issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to U.S.. citizens or qualified aliens; an applicant who is not a U.S.. citizen or National must produce citizenship documents in person with their application.
  • All applicants must meet the terms and conditions set forth in the fee schedule regarding payment of tuition. This information will be included in the Acceptance Packet.
  • Previous students of the Dutchess BOCES School of Practical Nursing must call 486-8045 to determine if they are eligible to return to the program prior to taking the exam. Readmission is offered for the part-time program only.
  • If you have taken the TEAS test within the past 12 months, please call the school to determine eligibility.
  • Clinical agencies utilized for rotations throughout the program include settings within Ulster and Dutchess Counties.  If any hospital or licensed facility has restricted or terminated your employment, or if you have ever voluntarily or involuntarily resigned or withdrawn from such association to avoid imposition of such measures, you are advised to call the school for information before submitting the entrance examination fee.

Essential Functions of a Practical Nursing Student

For participation in the nursing program students must meet, maintain, and satisfactorily demonstrate that they are able to perform all the essential technical skills and functions of a nursing student that include, but are not limited to, the student’s ability to:

  • Demonstrate the physical endurance and ability to protect a client when the client is standing and ambulating on all surfaces with or without the use of client assistive devices, including canes, crutches and walkers.
  • Demonstrate the physical ability and endurance necessary to stand/walk for a minimum of three hours and complete patient/client care in the clinical setting within the allotted amount of time.
  • Demonstrate the physical ability and endurance necessary to safely move a client over 100 pounds from one surface to another using the appropriate level of help.
  • Demonstrate the physical ability and endurance to use safe body mechanics in the process of all client treatments, including lifting and carrying equipment.
  • Demonstrate the physical ability to hear blood pressure, heart and lung sounds, alarms, bells and emergency signals with or without corrective devices. Demonstrate the manipulative skills and ability necessary to palpate soft tissue, including pulse, muscles, and bones.
  • Demonstrate the manipulative skills necessary to perform interventions such as sterile procedures, dressing changes and administer medications (including dosage calculation when necessary) following infection control procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish color changes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to a client, faculty member, or other health care provider with and without viewing their face.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt rapidly and accurately in stressful situations and display the ability to respond simultaneously to multiple demands in the health care environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish effective relationships with others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, safely, and efficiently in English by: explaining procedures, receiving information from others and receiving information from written documents. All students are expected to communicate solely in English unless they have been specifically authorized by faculty or administration to communicate in a language other than English.

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2021 - 2022 Costs

  • Tuition - $13,000
  • Books - $500.00
  • Lab Pack- $45.00
  • Application Fee- $100.00
  • Admissions Fee - $100.00
  • Physical/Immunizations - Varies
  • CPR/Background Check - Varies
  • Uniform - Varies

- Median Loan Debt 2014-2015: $6965.00

On-time Completion Rates

- January 2015 -2016  100%

- HEGIS Code 5209.20 SOC Code 29-2061 CIP Code 51.3901

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