UPDATE: Gov. Baker has officially closed all Massachusetts schools.

Our tentative re-open date is May 4.

During this time, all events, extracurricular activities, and meetings have been cancelled.

Active Recruiting has been frozen.   However, please note our recruitment for 2020-2021 which began in October 2019 is extended.

All Informational Sessions and TEAS Testing dates have been cancelled at this time.  We are working with ATI regarding alternative means for TEAS testing.  More information will be posted, as soon as all details have been worked out.

Please understand that there is nothing any of us can do. At this point every potential applicant who has not tested is in the same boat.

Dates will have to be re-scheduled once we have confirmation from the Governor and the Commissioner as to when educational facilities can re-open.

Continue to check our website for updates.

In the meantime, please send us an email with your intent to apply for admission.  We can keep you up-to-date with the latest updates in applying for admission.

Please send us your contact information to mjoyce@bluehills.org. 

We encourage you to apply for admission to our Practical Nursing Program.  Healthcare is experiencing a major shortage of licensed personnel in Massachusetts, as well as overall in the United States.   You can make a difference!


Our Practical Nursing Program

Men and women apply to the Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School (Postsecondary Programs Division) for various career-related and personal reasons.  Perhaps they are deeply committed to helping people.  They may desire a higher-paying position with growth potential and a solid future.   Or they might want to make a dramatic switch from the field in which they are currently employed.

Regardless of their motivation, it’s clear that our Practical Nursing graduates obtain tremendously rewarding positions in the burgeoning and competitive healthcare field.  The thorough preparation we provide, along with the reputation of our Program, give them an all-important edge when applying for jobs or additional educational opportunities.Our Practical Nursing Program is the cornerstone of their success.  It is offered to post-secondary adults on a full-time basis for 40 weeks from September to June, Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Clinical hours may vary to accommodate clinical agency availability.

Our Practical Nursing Program is the cornerstone of their success.  It is offered to post-secondary adults on a full-time basis for 40 weeks from September to June, Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Clinical hours may vary to accommodate clinical agency availability.

The Practical Nursing Program offers a rigorous educational experience of theory and clinical practice which prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing) through the State Board of Registration in Nursing.  Our faculty provides an exceptional learning environment and the support services to ensure that students succeed.

Our graduates become leaders in the healthcare community who feel that the decision to enroll in the Practical Nursing Program was the best one they ever made.  They often cite the helpfulness of our instructors, the comprehensiveness of the Practical Nursing curriculum, our outstanding placement rate, the value of getting clinical experience in a healthcare setting, and the prestige of a Blue Hills Practical Nursing certificate as key reasons why they strongly recommend the Program to prospective students.

Upon graduation, students are ready for an exciting job or further education. Our alumni may apply for admission with advanced placement to many Registered Nursing programs.

If Blue Hills Regional Technical School sounds like the kind of invigorating place where you would like to grow and achieve your goals, explore this website for all the information you will need to get started.  We welcome inquiries from the public.  Please pay close attention to the deadline for each section of your application. Late applications are subject to cancellation and may limit your opportunity to join.

School History

Blue Hills Regional Technical School is a renowned educational facility located in Canton, Massachusetts, a bustling suburb of Boston – and the geographical center of the member towns of the Blue Hills Regional School District – which boasts thriving businesses as well as attractive homes.  The school’s beautifully-maintained campus borders a tranquil MDC reservation and has a spectacular view of its namesake, “Big Blue.”  Canton is located at the junction of Routes 95, 128, 24 and 93, with two commuter rail stops.  It is a convenient location for commuters in any direction.

On December 17, 1963, the Blue Hills Regional School District was formed to serve the needs of member towns’ residents. The District originally included the towns of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Holbrook, Norwood, Randolph and Westwood; Dedham and Milton joined in 1987.

The District School Committee was then authorized by the towns to establish and maintain educational programs at the secondary, post-secondary and adult levels in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The school opened in September 1966. Its immediate success, coupled with increasing admissions, necessitated the building of additional facilities. Moreover, local employers needed more employees specially trained in certain areas.

By 1976, the building was expanded to house students in the high school while serving adult education programs.  The original post-secondary vocational programs known as the Blue Hills Technical Institute continued until 1985 when the District School Committee voted to close the Institute and focus on secondary vocational technical education.   The Blue Hills Technical Institute formally merged with Massasoit Community College.  In 1989, Blue Hills Regional Technical School re-established post-secondary education.  When the Henry O. Peabody School in Norwood closed on June 30, 1989, one secondary/postgraduate program (Cosmetology) and one post-secondary vocational program (Practical Nursing) were transferred to Blue Hills Regional Technical School.

In the fall of 1989, Blue Hills Regional Technical School opened both Cosmetology and Practical Nursing, along with offering fourteen postgraduate programs.  Currently, the Practical Nursing Program is the only full-time postsecondary vocational program.

Much has changed at Blue Hills since we first opened our doors in 1966, but our commitment to giving each student the highest-caliber academic and vocational education possible remains as steadfast as it was nearly five decades ago. Our administrators and teachers are dedicated to preparing these capable young men and women for a productive future, no matter what path they choose after graduation: further education, entering the workforce, or a career in the military. We’re very proud to play a role in their success.

Equal Education Opportunities

Blue Hills Regional Technical School is an Equal Opportunity educational institution. All programs, courses of study and activities are open to all students without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

The School District is in full compliance with Massachusetts Law, Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (U.S. Code), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals may make inquiries relative to Chapter 622, Title IX and Section 504 from the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the school or by calling (781) 828-5800 x231.

Required under the Students Right to Know and Campus Security Act, Public Law 101-542 and Public Law 102-26, the Blue Hills Regional Technical School will provide you with the school’s completion rate of students entering our programs and statistics concerning the occurrence of criminal offenses, if any, on our campus. Our Campus Safety and Security Report is provided on the US Department of Education’s website at https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/institution/list.  You will need to type in our school name (Blue Hills Regional Technical School) and City (Canton) and then select our school.  

Accreditations and Approvals

Blue Hills Regional Technical School Postsecondary Programs Division is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Education and by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Registration in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program, students will receive a certificate of proficiency in Practical Nusing.

Blue Hills Regional Technical School is accredited by:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Commission on Public Schools
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Tel. 781-425-7700
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Postsecondary Programs Division is accredited by:
The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Tel. 770-396-3898
Practical Nursing Program is approved by:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Tel. 781-338-3000
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Board of Registration in Nursing
Division of Health Professions Licensure Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02114
Tel. 617-973-0800

Physical Facilities

Blue Hills Regional Technical School is located at 800 Randolph Street in Canton, Massachusetts.  The site consists of thirty-four acres with a scenic view of the school’s namesake, the hill known as “Big Blue.”  Blue Hills Regional’s facilities and equipment fully comply with all federal, state, and local ordinances and regulations, including requirements pertaining to fire safety, building safety, handicapped access, and health.

The Practical Nursing program’s space contains a general purpose classroom, skills laboratory, media and library, a student lounge/lunch area, and administrative offices.  Labs are furnished with modern equipment representative of industry standards.  Students have access to the Blue Hills Regional School District library. 

Practical Nursing Curriculum    Course Descriptions  (click here)

Modules  Hours  Course
I – 16 Weeks    
  48                        Anatomy & Physiology
  254 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
Classroom (86 hours)
Lab (84 hours)
Clinical Lab (84 hours)
  16 Microbiology
  16 Nutrition
  48 Pharmacology
  24 General Psychology
  24 Personal & Professional Adjustments I
II – 16 Weeks    
  263 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
Classroom (83 hours)
Clinical Lab (48 hours)
  202 Medical-Surgical Nursing II
Classroom (62 hours)
Clinical Lab (140 hours)
  22/23 Growth & Development I & II
  11/15 Personal & Professional Adjustments II & III
III – 8 Weeks    
  73 Family Centered Nursing
Classroom (25 hours)
Clinical Lab (48 hours)
  108 Leadership & Management
Classroom (16 hours)
Clinical Lab (92 hours)

Passing Grade -  


Total Hours


Academic: 603

Clinical:     544



Affiliating Agencies:

Alliance Healthcare-Braintree, MA

The Boston Home, Boston, MA

Canton Public Schools, Canton, MA

Curahealth, Stoughton, MA

Ellis Nursing Center, Norwood, MA

German Center for Extended Care, W. Roxbury, MA

Head Start Pre-School, Whitman, MA

John Scott House Rehab. and Nursing Center, Braintree, MA

Royal Braintree Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Braintree, MA

Brockton Veterans Administration Hospital, Brockton, MA

Licensure Requirements

Determination of “Good Moral Character” prerequisites states that licensure applicants with criminal conviction(s) must be conviction free for a minimum of 5 years before submitting an application. Licensure applications with disciplinary actions must successfully complete all stipulations specified in the consent agreement before submitting license application. (Gen. Law, Ch.112, sections 74-76.)

Schedule of Classes

The school day, including clinical days, will be 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including a one-half hour lunch period. Occasional evening clinical hours may be required in order to meet course objectives and/or accommodate clinical agency availability. Students may be required to attend certain events during the year that are scheduled after school hours and occasional evenings.

The school year starts in September and completes in June. The length of the program is 40 weeks as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Registration in Nursing.

Career Development and Placement Services

Career development and placement services are available. Advisors, the Practical Nursing Chairperson and the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid are available to assist you with career-related questions, counseling and placement opportunities.

Gainful Employment

Blue Hills Regional discloses to prospective and current students information about the Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupation description, including tasks, skills, wages trends, Graduation Rates, Tuition and Fees, along with other program costs, possibly incurred by the student but not charged by the institution, Placement Rate and Median Loan Debt.   To view, please click on the following link:

Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Chapter 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Blue Hills Regional Technical School offers accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Students with a documented disability should contact the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the school or by calling (781) 828-5800 x2271 as soon as possible to arrange for accommodations.

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