Two separate nursing classes are admitted each calendar year at six months intervals. Qualified applicants will be notified of program admission only after completion of all application requirements.
- High school graduate or its equivalent (GED). The applicant must show proof of graduation from an approved high school. (As defined by the state of Pennsylvania) or possess a General Equivalence Diploma. Official transcripts and/or GED scores will be requested. High school transcripts are evaluated on a individual basis, but a "C" average is preferred.
- On the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam, you must achieve at least an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 56.0%, a 65.0% on the Reading Section and a 50.0% on the Math Section. The Practical Nursing Program administers the TEAS Exam as a group examination several times a year. Interested individuals need to pre-register for the Exam. ***The applicant is responsible for the examination fee of $70.00, due at the time of registration.***
- Complete a personal interview with the Program Director or faculty as scheduled by the program office.
- Three satisfactory written personal references.
- Evidence of good physical and mental health, by the first day of class, as evidence by a physical examination that is completed prior to admission. The examination may be performed by a license physician, doctor of osteopathy, or a certified nurse practitioner. Applicants are responsible for all costs incurred with the examination.
Any individual who meets the admission criteria as described, may make application for admission to the Practical Nursing Program. Class size is limited and students will be admitted on first come, first serve basis. If all seats are filled in one class, the applicants will be held until the next class.
- The date and time of the next available pre-entrance Examination is available from the Practical Nursing Program Secretary. All applicants must pre-register for the pre-entrance exam and pay the examination fee.
- Complete and submit the application form, as furnished by the Practical Nursing Program.
- Obtain official high school and/or college transcripts or GED scores.
- Obtain three personal references using the program nursing reference form.
- Schedule personal interview with Program Director or faculty through the Practical Nursing Program Secretary.
- Submit completed medical forms prior to first day of class.
- Applicants must secure form SP 4-164 (Act 34 Clearance and Act 33 Clearance) from the program office. Completed form to be returned to the Practical Nursing Program. Applicants are responsible for fees.
- Also prior to admission, applicants must secure
- PA State Police Criminal Record Check
- Act 73: FBI Clearance for Nursing Students, ChildCare, Hospital
- PA Dept of Aging FBI background check (if not a PA resident for last two years)
- Child Abuse Clearance
***An applicant will not be permitted to take the NNCLEX-PN Exam for licensure if he/she has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972, (P.L2333 No. 64), known as "The controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act", or convicted of felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory, or country unless at least ten (10) years have elapsed from the date of conviction. The term, "convicted" shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt, or a plea of nolo contentendere.***
- The Program Director and faculty review all completed applications and records and render a joint decision.
- The applicants are notified, in writing of the programs final decision.
- Applicants return a self-addressed stamped postcard confirming their decision to enter the Practical Nursing Program.
- The applicant must schedule a Physical examination with their physician. The applicant assumes all costs and fees.
***The following immunizations and laboratory tests are required for Program entry.
***Fee for urine drug screening will be included in costs to the Program.
• Documented evidence of Hepatitis B series
required. If no evidence of immunity, student
is required to receive 3 dose series (#1 now,
#2 in 1 month, #3 in 5 months after #2)
• Documented evidence of immunity or positive
• Documented evidence of immunity to varicella
or positive titer
• T-Dap within 10 years
• 2 step T-B test - 2nd dose within 7-20 days
• Influenza Vaccine
- Urine Drug Screen for the following:
8. Marijuana (THC)
10. Phencyclidine (PCP)
***Any applicant who meets the standards for admission is eligible for admission to the Practical Nursing Program. Candidates are seated until the class is filled to a maximum of 36 students per class.***
Students requesting re-admission after a granted leave of absence, must submit a letter of intent to re-enter the program to the Program Director. Upon re-admission to the program, the re-entering student must meet the current re-admission requirments and will incur any increases in program costs.
If you are interested in registering for the TEAS Exam, complete and mail this TEAS Registration Form and mail it with a registration fee of $70.00.
All registrations must be received one week prior to the testing date. Due to limited seating availability, a cutoff date may be issued. If this should happen, registrations received after will be forwarded to the next available testing date and you will be notified.
To get the latest testing dates or ask any further questions, please call Lorie Filitsky, Practical Nursing Secretary or Lou Ann Patterson, Director at 724-437-2724.