CA BOCES Practical Nursing Program Granted One-Year Program Status

Olean, NY – January 11, 2024 – Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES recently received approval that allows their previously part-time Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program to be completed in one year of full-time study.

The one-year LPN pilot program is now being offered at the CA BOCES CTE Center at Olean and will be offered at the CTE Center at Belmont in the fall of 2024.

CA BOCES Principal of Workforce Development and Community Learning, Matt Fanton, said that the new program designation will create better outcomes for students and for the community. “With the new, more efficient program layout, we will have trained professionals heading out into hospitals and medical offices sooner,” he said. “This is beneficial for students and for the regional workforce.”

CA BOCES Practical Nursing Program Director, Jody Joseph, said that she is pleased with the recent program update and is focused on maintaining high-quality curriculum. “We work closely with regional nursing coordinators to make sure we are continually preparing our students for any changes in the medical field,” she said. “This new program format allows students to still gain all of those necessary skills for the field, but with the capability to be in the workforce sooner.”

Fanton added that even more program expansions are a goal for the future. “The demand from students and the local medical community is there,” he said. “As we complete our pilot offerings and expand to our other centers, we are hoping to find larger facilities in the community specific to our program so we can serve even more students.”

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