Practical Nursing Program's Frequently Asked Questions

Practical Nursing Program's Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can you tell me about the Penn State Lehigh Valley Practical Nursing program?

Penn State Lehigh Valley is pleased to deliver an 18-month, part-time evening and weekend non-credit Practical Nurse Certificate Program authorized by The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

2. How Do I Qualify?

All candidates must first take the TEAS V exam, a standardized pre-nursing exam which determines the core skills of the individual. If students achieve the Penn State Lehigh Valley benchmark score, then they qualify for a personal interview with the program nursing faculty and staff.

3.  What is required for the application?

Applicants must supply the following:

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from high school and/or GED, and any college or technical school where course work was attempted or certificates were earned
  • Two letters of professional reference
  • A single paged, double spaced essay describing their interest in a nursing career
  • $50 application fee

4.  Are there prerequisites, can I transfer credits earned elsewhere?

The program is a non-credit clock hour program therefore all course work completed is recorded in hours and must be recorded through attendance in the Penn State Lehigh Valley Practical Nursing program. There are no prerequisites and credits do not transfer into the Penn State program.

5.  What is the class schedule?

Students will attend a combination of 25 hours of lecture and clinical per week.  Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Clinical is held every other Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.