This three-semester curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the field of nursing or to continue their education at the associate or baccalaureate level. Graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Practical Nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) and work under the direction of a licensed registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist.
Practical Nursing education gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment in order to provide safe nursing care. Classroom instruction in theory and basic nursing skills is provided on campus. Clinical experiences are obtained at area hospitals, nursing homes and health care agencies. Under the guidance of College faculty, students gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages.
The Practical Nursing major is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Practical Nursing students/graduates have the opportunity to pursue study toward an advanced degree in nursing through LPN to RN Advanced Placement or by earning an associate degree in Health Arts. Refer to the Health Arts major for additional information.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $41,540 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,970, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57,360.
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||213,180||$20.95||$43,570|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||124,400||$19.87||$41,330|
|Offices of Physicians||90,160||$18.74||$38,980|
|Home Health Care Services||77,990||$21.11||$43,920|
|Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly||44,510||$20.93||$43,540|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
Special Admissions Requirement
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students accepted into the Practical Nursing Program will incur expenses for tools/instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.
Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.
Notice of Conviction
Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.
Nursing Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.