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Pennsylvania LPN Programs

Browse our list of state approved LPN certification programs


Career Outlook For Licensed Practical Nurses in Pennsylvania

The practical nursing profession has been in existence for several decades and is continuing to grow. LPNs are employed in nearly all types of medical facilities nowadays as their scope of work is wide and their cost to employ is relatively low compared to RNs and physicians. LPNs have a very specialized training background with one year’s worth of education composed entirely of nursing curriculum.


Practical nurses have the knowledge to perform approximately 80-90% of the tasks performed by a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Since less education dictates a lower salary requirement, LPNs have become ideal candidates for health care employers seeking to lower their operating costs by replacing RNs with less expensive health care providers. Although LPN salaries and hourly pay might be lower than RNs, it is still above average given the amount of education and training required to enter the profession.

The actual job duties of a licensed practical nurse are not light in nature. The job entails several physically and emotionally tiring tasks, long work shifts and a high level of responsibility. LPNs are put in the position of caring for injured, elderly and ill patients who are suffering and require medical assistance. With patient’s lives at stake the LPN has no room for error in their work. The burden of caring for multiple patients with a variety of different medical conditions can take an emotional toll on the individual. To remain a healthy individual while working as an LPN one must develop a strong sense of self and employ various coping methods to avoid becoming overly stressed out by their job. Someone who is under great stress cannot provide the best quality of care to others. Thus, the LPN by nature must be a strong individual, both emotionally and physically.

The rewards of an LPN career are substantial as LPNs provide much needed care to people who cannot care for themselves. LPNs help injured people rehabilitate, nurse the sick back to health and assist the elderly with basic daily functions. The work of an LPN is admirable and truly provides a public service while also serving as an occupation. LPNs also have the ability to engage in travel nursing, which allows them to travel the country (or even the world) while continuing to do their job in other places. This career flexibility is very rare and provides a unique benefit for practical nurses.


List of LPN Programs in Pennsylvania (PA)

Bucks County Community College

275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
215-968-8316

Bucks County Community College – Perkasie Campus

One Hillendale Road
Perkasie, PA 18944
215-968-8316

Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County

3201 Rockwell Avenue
Scranton, PA 18508
570-346-8728

Center for Arts & Technology-Brandywine Campus

1635 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19320
610-384-6214

Center for Arts & Technology-West Grove Campus

280 Pennocks Bridge Road
West Grove, PA 19390
610-345-1800

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology

540 North Harrison Road
Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
814-359-2582

Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center

1339 Saint Mary Street, Suite 2
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-768-4960

Clarion County Career Center

490 Career Lane
Shippenville, PA 16254
814-226-5857

Clearfield County Career & Technology Center

1620 River Road
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-4047

North Central Information Technology Education Center

653 Montmorenci Road
Ridgeway, PA 15853
814-765-4047

Community College of Beaver County

1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-775-8561, Ext. 199

Crawford County Career & Technology Center

860 Thurston Road
Meadville, PA 16335
814-724-6028

Delaware County Technical School

DCIU Marple Education Center
85 N. Malin Road
Broomall, PA 19008
610-583-2934

District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

100 South Broad Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19110
215-568-2220, Ext. 264

Eastern Center for Arts & Technology

3075 Terwood Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
215-784-4835

ACTS, Inc. Satellite

ACTS, Inc. Special Services Building
812 Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
215-784-4805

Park House at Providence Point Satellite

1600 Black Rock Road
Royersford, PA 19468
215-784-4805

Peter Beck Community

434 Schoolhouse Road
Harleysville, PA 19438
215-784-4805

Erie Business Center

246 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-456-7504

Fayette County Area Vocational Technical School

175 Georges Fairchance Road
Uniontown, PA 15401
724-437-2724, Ext. 124

Fortis Institute

517 Ash Street
Scranton, PA 18509
570-558-1818

Franklin County Career & Technology Center – Wilson College

1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-263-5667

Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center

1500 Fourth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
814-946-8490

Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center

445 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904
814-269-4393

Admiral Peary Satellite

948 Ben Franklin Highway
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-472-6490, Ext. 155

Monroeville Satellite

339 Old Haymaker Rd.
Monroeville, PA 15401
412-380-1416

Greene County Career & Technology Center

60 Zimmerman Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370
724-627-3106, Ext. 201

Hanover Public School Distric

403 Moul Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331
717-637-2111

Harrisburg Area Community College

One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-780-2380

Harrisburg Area Community College – Gettysburg Campus

731 Old Harrisburg Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-3855, Ext. 3046

Harrisburg Area Community College – Lancaster Campus

1641 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-358-2880

Hazleton Area Career Center

1451 West 23rd Street
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-459-3178, Ext. 407

Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center

Vo Tech Drive, P.O. Box E
Mill Creek, PA 17060
814-643-6525

Indiana County Technology Center

441 Hamill Road
Indiana, PA 15701
724-349-6700

Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School

565 Lewis Run Road
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
724-349-6700

Institute for Caregiver Education

162 Farm Credit Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17202
717-263-7766

Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational Technical School

576 Vo-Tech Drive
Reynoldsville, PA 15851
814-653-8420

Keystone Job Corps Center

235 W. Foothills Drive
Drums, PA 18222
570-708-0606

Lancaster County Career and Technology Center-Willow St. Campus

1730 Hans Herr Drive
P.O. Box 527
Willow Street, PA 17584
717-464-7063

Lawrence County Area Vocational Technical School

750 Phelps Way Street
New Castle, PA 16101
724-658-3583, Ext. 7112

Lebanon County Career & Technology Center

833 Metro Drive
Lebanon, PA 17042
717-273-8551, Ext. 2220

Lehigh Carbon Community College

4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078
610-799-1525

The Morgan Center Satellite

234 High Street
Tamaqua, PA 18252
570-668-6880

Lenape Area Vocational Technical School

83 Glade Drive
Kititanning, PA 16201
724-545-7311, Ext. 227

Lincoln Technical Institute

3600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-382-1553

Mercer County Career Center

776 Greenville Road
Mercer, PA 16137
724-662-3000, Ext. 1405

Mercyhurst College – North East

16 West Division Street
North East, PA 16428
814-725-6238

Mifflin-Juniata Career & Technology Center

700 Pitt Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
717-447-0394

NewCourtland Education Center School of Practical Nursing

6950 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-951-4401

Northampton Community College

3835 Green Pond Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
610-861-5376

Monroe County Career & Technical Institute

Monroe County Satellite
Bartonsville, PA 18321
570-619-6272

Northern Tier Career Center

RR 1, Box 157 A
Towanda, PA 18848
570-265-8113

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School

242 Oak Spring Road
Washington, PA 15301
724-222-5330

Pennsylvania College of Technology (Credit)

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-327-4525

Pennsylvania College of Technology (Non-Credit)

North Campus Outreach Services
12880 Route 6
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-7703

Pennsylvania Institute of Health & Technology

P.O. Box 278
Mount Braddock, PA 15465
724-437-4600

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

800 Manchester Ave.
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1568

Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley Campus

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-849-0270

Penn State University Berks Campus

The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
South Parkside Drive & Museum Road
West Reading, PA 19611
610-849-0270

Pennsylvania State University – Hazleton Campus

76 University Drive
Hazleton, PA 18201
610-849-0270

Princeton Information Technology Center

140 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
215-576-5650

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071
412-809-5100

Prism Career Institute

8040 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19152
215-331-4600

Reading Area Community College

10 South Second Street Programs, Box 1706
Reading, PA 19603
610-372-4721, Ext. 3944

Schuylkill Technology Center – North Campus

101 Technology Drive
Frackville, PA 17931
570-874-1034, Ext. 4881

Somerset County Technology Center

281 Technology Drive
Somerset, PA 15501
814-443-3817

Tri-State Business Institute

5757 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506
814-838-7673, Ext. 257

UPMC St. Margaret

Seventh Street Commons Building
221 Seventh Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412-784-4980

McKeesport Hospital Campus

Crawford Building, Fourth Floor
1500 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-664-2860

Venango County Area Vocational Technical School

1 Vo-Tech Drive
Oil City, PA 16301
814-677-3097, Ext. 207

Western Area Career and Technology Center

688 Western Avenue
Canonsburg, PA 15317
724-746-2890, Ext. 117

Westmoreland County Community College

400 Armbrust Road
Youngwood, PA 15697
724-925-4028

Indiana County Community College Center of WCCC

45 Airport Road
Indiana, PA 15701
724-357-1404

Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technology Center Practical Nursing Program

350 Jumper Road, P.O. Box 1699
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
570-822-6539, Ext. 112

York County School of Technology

2179 South Queen Street
York, PA 17402
717-741-0820, Ext. 2302


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Pennsylvania LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Pennsylvania schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Pennsylvania state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Pennsylvania

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Pennsylvania

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Pennsylvania as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Pennsylvania

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Pennsylvania state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Pennsylvania Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses