Courses offered by the New York Boards of Cooperative Educational Services nursing program typically include anatomy, physiology, nutrition and pharmacology. Students learn about nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects of patient care. The program offers courses that prepare students to become licensed practical nurses and take the National Council Licensing Exam.
Additional course offerings for licensed practical nurses include advanced client care, which consists of didactic and clinical instruction in the care of preoperative and postoperative clients, obstetrics, pediatrics and mental health. Programs are typically 12 months long, with 1,100 course hours required for graduation.
As of 2015, BOCES licensed practical nursing programs are available at over two dozen locations throughout New York. Applicants to the BOCES nursing program must pass the Diagnostic Endurance Test, a 148-question exam that assesses each student's overall knowledge of English, mathematics, critical thinking and reading comprehension. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. A medical screening, which includes a physical exam, blood work and immunizations, and a criminal background check also is required. In most instances, applicants also must pass the American Heart Association Basic Life Support class in CPR and have a personal interview with an administrator of the school.