Practical Nurse Class begins July 2013
Thank you for your interest in the Practical Nurse program. The class beginning July 2013 is full and we are no longer accepting applications.
The next Practical Nurse program will begin in January 2015.
Recognizing the Vital Contributions of the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse - September 2011
(from the National League of Nursing)
Consistent with its mission to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation's health, the National League for Nursing recognizes that the licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) is a valuable member of the nursing community and significantly contributes to improving the health of the nation. In fact the 2011 IOM report, "The Future of Nursing," acknowledges that licensed practical/vocational nurses are especially important to health care delivery because of their contributions to care in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and community-based settings.
Complete the information form and we will call you to discuss the program in greater detail.
Admission into the Program
All individuals interested in the Practical Nurse program must take the TEAS exam for enrollment consideration.
- Interested individuals should visit the ATI website to select a testing date.
- The test fee is $55.00 and is non-refundable.
- On testing day, candidates must show a valid photo ID and confirmation of registration to take the TEAS V exam.
- Calculators are NOT allowed, scratch paper will be provided.
- Bring your ATI username and password to the test site.
- Bring 2 or more pencils for problem solving.
*Classroom opens 30 minutes before the scheduled test time allow 15 minutes to register and prepare for the on-line exam. Those arriving late will not be allowed to test.
TEAS study guides are available for purchase in the Continuing Office located in Williams Cottage at the corner of Broadcasting and Tulpehocken Roads. Office hours are 8 AM to 5 PM.
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 LPN 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.
Functions of a Licensed Practical Nurse (Rich text file)
Course Descriptions for LPN Program (Word document)
Sample Schedule for LPN participant (Word document)
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P.O. Box 7009
Reading, PA 19610
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