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Recrutiment of the Practical Nursing Class beginning January 2015 has started. Attend an information session to learn more about the program.

Information Sessions

Wednesday, May 21, Gaige Building, Room 121

Monday, June 16, Gaige Building, Room 121

Wednesday, July 16, Gaige Building, Room 121

All sessions start at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in Room 121 of the Gaige Building. Campus Map

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First Step - Take the TEAS Exam

TEAS exams are now scheduled at the Berks campus through May. Take the exam now to check your preparedness for the nursing program.  Testing early will allow you to retake the exam at a later date if your scores are not where they should be.  Visit the ATI website to sign up.  Test review books can be purchased in the Continuing Education office located at the corner of Broadcasting and Tulpehocken Roads in Wyomissing.

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Program Cost

The January 2015 program will cost $15,000; tuition covers instruction, books, uniforms and basic nursing supplies. Student are responsible for additional fees pertaining to the program requirements: CPR certification, pre-entrance physical and immunizations, drug testing, clearances, malpractice insurance, and state licensure and graduation fees. This program qualifies for financial aid and students are required to file a FAFSA application

Visit FAFSA.website - Penn State's financial aid number is 003329


The mission of the Penn State Berks Practical Nursing Program is to provide a high quality non-credit certificate program, delivered through an 18-month evening/weekend curriculum, to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes essential for practical nursing practice and the knowledge to pass the NCLEX-PN.

Qualifications for the PN Program:

Interested participants must have a high school diploma/GED/transcripts required

  • Present a clear criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and a clear 9-panel drug screen
  • Be CPR certified
  • Perform satisfactorily on the pre-entrance exam, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Must be 17 years of age
  • Present themselves as a qualified candidate in a personal interview

Where are LPNS finding jobs? 

LPNs can be employed by doctors' offices, home health care providers, nursing homes, insurance companies, hospice services, and educational institutions. 

Application materials

Application materials should be sent to the Continuing Education Office only after you have taken the TEAS exam and know that you are a candidate for admission.

Application (PDF)

Check List for Practical  Nurse Program 

Functions of a Licensed Practical Nurse 

Course Descriptions for PN Program 

Sample Schedule for PN participant

Frequently Asked Questions



Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610


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ESL Information Sessions

May 13, 2014
Penn State Berks
Gaige 244
5:00 p.m.

June 4, 2014
Lebanon High School
5:30 p.m.

June 5, 2014
Penn State Berks
Gaige 244
5:00 p.m.