Practical Nursing Application Procedure

Practical Nursing Application Procedure

Now accepting applications for the class beginning August 2018

An information session will be held at the Lehigh Valley Campus on Monday, November 20th from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Students interesting in applying to the Practical Nursing program at Penn State Lehigh Valley should complete the following steps:

Step 1

All candidates must take the ATI TEAS exam as a prerequisite for admission.  Visit the ATI Testing website to set up an account, learn more about the exam content, testing dates, and registration >>

When registering for the ATI test, it is important to note that there is a test fee.  This test fee is nonrefundable and non-transferrable.  Be sure to add Penn State Lehigh Valley as your school of choice.

Testing Date Information

  • Individuals MUST present a valid photo ID and their ATI username and password.
  • Calculators NOT allowed.
  • Test sessions are 4 hour periods.
  • Test is administered on a computer
  • Classroom will be open 30 minutes before the scheduled test time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. Those arriving late will NOT be allowed to test.

ATI Testing Location      

Penn State Center @ Overlook Park
445 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, PA
2nd floor Computer Lab 
Driving directions to the Penn State Center >>

Please call 610-285-5000 or check the Penn State Lehigh Valley website in case of inclement weather.

Step 2

Applicants who meet or exceed program TEAS exam criteria will be invited to apply and interview for admission to the program.  Applicants will be required to submit the following to be considered for entrance into the Practical Nursing program:

Please complete the following application: LPN Application IV 2017

In addition to the application, please provide:

  • $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee (check or money order payable to Penn State University)
  • Official Transcripts – Your official high school or GED transcript with a record of courses completed.  If you have earned college credit, you will also be required to provide an official transcript from each college attended.
  • Two Letters of Professional Reference
  • One page personal essay describing your desire to become a nurse

This printed checklist organizes the items needed to be considered for the program: LPN Application Checklist     

Application materials should be mailed to:             

Penn State Lehigh Valley
Attn:  Marta DiSilva
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA  18034

After the TEAS is completed successfully and above application materials are received, interviews will be scheduled.

Applicants are considered based on their academic capacity and aptitude to provide care to others.  Academic capacity is measured by High School GPA, Number of College Credits earned, and the TEAS exam score.  Aptitude to provide care is measured by your personal essay, letters of professional reference and personal interview skills.

Step 3

Applicants who are offered admission to the Practical Nursing Program will be required to complete step 3 within 6 months of the program start. Instructions will be provided to prospective students to assist with obtaining and recording the following required documentation in a secure platform:

  • Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and Background Check
  • Drug test
  • Proof of Valid Health Insurance Coverage
  • Proof of Professional Liability Insurance
  • Physical Examination
  • Medical Documents verifying student is current with their Influenza, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TB Skin Test and Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap)

* Penn State Practical Nursing Program will not discriminate in the acceptance process due to a criminal history; however anyone with a positive criminal background check (felony or misdemeanors) may be accepted into the program PENDING clinical facility placement.  If clinical facilities deny a student access to their facility for clinical experiences, the student will not be able to progress through the program and therefore, acceptance will be denied.  In addition, the Penn State Practical Nursing program cannot guarantee that candidates with a positive criminal background will be eligible to obtain licensure per PA State Laws (“The Professional Nursing Law” Act 69, P.L. 409, No. 10, and P.L 233, No. 64; Older Adults Protective Services Act, Act 169 as amended by Act 13, P.L. 233, and No. 64).