Practical Nursing - Certification Program Program Manager

About the Program

A successful Practical Nurse is an individual who is responsible, accountable, compassionate, and very detail oriented.  If you are motivated and have a desire to give direct patient care, our Practical Nursing program will help you develop the skills you need.  You will receive the education and training to successfully pass the Pennsylvania licensure examination (NCLEX®-PN). Clinical experience, lectures, classroom education, and training impart the student with a solid academic foundation.  Licensed Practical Nurses are a highly valued component of many health care teams in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health care, rehabilitation facilities, and physician’s offices.

Curriculum Summary

Program Objectives

This program is designed to prepare the student for a successful Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) career and employment in the health care field, to facilitate personal growth experience, and to provide transfer opportunities to a Registered Nurse (RN) program. The 12-month, full-time program (while the program is primarily during the day, evening clinical assignments are possible) consists of integrated lectures, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Students who graduate from the program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®) for licensure in the State of Pennsylvania as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN.) This program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates receiving a PN Certificate should be able to:
  • Utilize knowledge, skill, and abilities to provide nursing care for individuals and families under the supervision of an experienced RN, physician, or dentist
  • Use the nursing process as the framework to assist in identifying and meeting the basic needs of individuals and families with diverse needs across the lifespan
  • Function within the ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice for the practical nurse as developed by national nursing organizations and the state
  • Use effective therapeutic communication, and interpersonal and technological skills with individuals, families, and members of the health care team
  • Utilize basic critical thinking skills to provide safe, therapeutic nursing care to clients
  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team to meet the basic needs of clients
  • Assist in utilization of the teaching/learning process to promote, maintain, and restore health to individuals and families
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities in the long-term care setting by organizing and delegating client care under the supervision of a RN
  • Function as a patient advocate
  • Establish a pattern of personal responsibility, self-development, and life-long learning
  • Sit for the NCLEX-PN®

Program Requirements

To be admitted to the PN Program, an applicant must:
  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Have an official high school transcript or GED diploma with scores; or, if a high school graduate from a foreign country, or have an out-of-state GED, must obtain a Certificate of Preliminary. Education (CPE) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A CPE is not required with evidence (an official transcript) of satisfactory completion of post-secondary work in an approved educational institution.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance on the pre-admission test, Assessment Technologies Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®), an on-line computer-proctored examination.
    ;Time and Dates for upcoming TEAS Test can be found here.
  • Provide a satisfactory background check for Criminal and Child Abuse History. A FBI background check is required*
  • Undergo a satisfactory physical examination, showing evidence of good mental and physical health and documenting immunization and tuberculosis screening.
  • Satisfactory drug screening (i.e. indicates no evidence of drug use.)

* The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing requires the Program to inform applicants that a person involved in a legal issue involving alcohol, or substance abuse, or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felonious act may be denied licensure or the privilege of sitting for the licensure exam.

Device Requirements

An integral learning tool in the Practical Nursing program is the use of either an iPad or Android tablet that is compatible with the requirements specified by each program of study.

It is the policy of the College that students are required to possess a compatible iPad or Android tablet on the first class meeting of these programs of study. The curricula for these programs include on-line learning, out-of-class assignments, documentation while at clinical sites, learning-outcomes assessment as well as 3-dimensional education applications. Students who do not possess a compatible iPad or Android tablet are at risk of failing individual courses in the program of study.

Students who do not have the availability of an iPad or Android tablet for learning purposes prior to the start of the program of study are encouraged to make an appointment with the Financial Aid Department. In many instances the cost of an iPad  or Android tablet may be covered through an individual student’s financial aid program.

Device Requirements
  • iPAD with Safari browser, or
  • Android tablet
Practical Nursing
Certificate Program

The Practical Nursing Program was placed on provisional approval status by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing for first-time NCLEX® Pass Rate below the required minimum pass rate of 80%.

The Practical Nursing Program has performed an evaluation of the program and developed a performance improvement plan. We feel confident that the plan will improve our first-time NCLEX® Pass Rate.

The Practical Nursing Program approval status does not affect the ability of qualified students to receive financial aid. It will also not prevent students from earning their practical nursing certificates and graduates from taking the practical nursing licensure examination or obtaining employment as licensed practical nurses.