Becoming an LPN in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is building up its medical community by supporting professional nursing though improved knowledge and skills, while also helping policy makers assess the impact of their decisions on healthcare workers and patients. For the State of Pennsylvania, an 9% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year has been predicted by 2024 by he Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals seeking to meet this nursing demand can become LPN in the state by applying for a license by either exam or endorsement. The latter holding a current license in another state.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania roughly 50 state-approved Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) schools, consisting of vocational high schools, community colleges, and private career schools. Finding the right LPN program is an integral part of becoming licensed in the state, so we've taken the liberty of accumulating state test pass-rates and analyzing school data so you don't have to-we've created a top 20 list of the best LPN schools in the state of Pennsylvania.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

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    Crawford County Career & Technical Center

    860 Thurston Road, Meadville, PA 16335 - (814) 724-6024 - Visit Homepage

    Crawford County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC) is located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. CCCTC offers students flexible and online courses to help them advance their education, pursue a degree or career certification, or develop workforce skills, making them a valued member of a team and the community.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Crawford County Career & Technical Center
    2

    Community College of Beaver County

    1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA 15061 - (724) 480-2222 - Visit Homepage

    Community College of Beaver County (CBCC) in Monaca, Pennsylvania. CBCC offer affordable and convenience programs, with degree and certification opportunities, as well as transfer education, skill training and career readiness, workforce development, and personal achievement programs designed for student success.

    Overall Score: 97.30 - Request Info on Community College of Beaver County
    3

    Greene County Career & Technology Center

    60 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370 - (724) 627-3106 - Visit Homepage

    Green County Career Technology Center (GCCTC) is located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. GCCTC offers 13 professional programs, allowing students to earn college credit and career certifications, utilizing innovative instruction and cutting-edge technology, student learn by way of traditional academics with the addition of hands-on instruction to ensure their success in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 96.68 - Request Info on Greene County Career & Technology Center
    4

    Chester County Intermediate Unit

    443 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335 - (484) 593-5950 - Visit Homepage

    Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with additional locations in Phoenixville, West Grove, and Coatesville, is a dynamic educational agency, providing innovative education that is also cost-effective. CCIU provides special and compensatory education, career and technical education, mentor training and staff development, and technology initiatives.

    Overall Score: 96.12
    5

    Penna Institute of Health & Technology

    1015 Industrial Park Drive, Mt Braddock, PA 15465 - (724) 437-4600 - Visit Homepage

    Visit the to learn more.

    Overall Score: 95.43 - Request Info on Penna Institute of Health & Technology
    6

    Lehigh Carbon Community College

    4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078 - (610) 799-2121 - Visit Homepage

    Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is a comprehensive community college located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, with additional locations in Jim Thorpe, Allentown, and Tamaqua. LCCC promotes academic excellence and student achievement by providing affordable and accessible programs for its students, transforming the students' lives, the learning environment, and the college.

    Overall Score: 95.16 - Request Info on Lehigh Carbon Community College
    7

    Franklin County Career & Technology Center

    2463 Loop Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202 - (717) 263-9033 - Visit Homepage

    Get all the program details by visiting the .

    Overall Score: 94.45
    8

    York County School of Technology

    2179 S Queen St, York, PA 17402 - (717) 741-0820 - Visit Homepage

    York County School of Technology, located in York, Pennsylvania, is dedicated to providing quality programs to their students and the community that contain cutting-edge technical training and strong academic education, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving. York County School of Technology offers a variety of program options helping students seek out a new career or advance in their current workplace.

    Overall Score: 94.20 - Request Info on York County School of Technology
    9

    Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County

    3201 Rockwell Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508 - (570) 346-8471 - Visit Homepage

    Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County (CTCLC) is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. CTCLC provides career-minded students with postsecondary educational career options, providing the skills and knowledge, as well as the certification required to work in their field of choice and ensuring success in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 93.89 - Request Info on Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
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    Indiana County Technology Center - Adult Education

    441 Hamill Road, Indiana, PA 15701 - (724) 349-6700 - Visit Homepage

    Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC) is an innovative regional career development and technology center located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ICTC integrates vocational skill and academic instruction, awarding a variety of certifications to students entering new career fields as well as development courses, allowing students to achieve professional goals and workplace advancement.

    Overall Score: 93.08
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    Penn Commercial Business/Technical School

    242 Oak Spring Rd., Washington, PA 15301 - (724) 222-5330 - Visit Homepage

    Follow the link to learn more about the .

    Overall Score: 92.63 - Request Info on Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
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    Central Susquehanna Lpn Career Center

    1339 Saint Mary Street Suite 2, Lewisburg, PA 17837 - (570) 768-4960 - Visit Homepage

    LPN Career Center-Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is a regional education agency, conducting programs and services throughout the region. Classes consist of traditional academics alongside clinical instruction and hands-on training, preparing students for success in the workplace.

    Overall Score: 92.62 - Request Info on Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
    13

    Fortis Institute - Erie

    5757 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506 - (814) 838-7673 - Visit Homepage

    Follow the link to learn more about the .

    Overall Score: 92.57
    14

    Northern Tier Career Center

    120 Career Center Lane, Towanda, PA 18848 - (570) 265-8111 - Visit Homepage

    Northern Tier Career Center (NTCC), located in Towanda, Pennsylvania, provides quality vocation-technical education. NTCC offers a variety of education programs that allow students to earn certifications in various fields as well as programs to help student advance in the workplace and achieve personal and professional goals.

    Overall Score: 91.60 - Request Info on Northern Tier Career Center
    15

    Lenape Technical School

    104 Armstrong Street, Ford City, PA 16226 - (724) 763-1311 - Visit Homepage

    Lenape Technical School is located in Ford City, Pennsylvania. Lenape seeks to develop a successful foundation for the student by providing an active learning environment, developing personal and professional skills that will lead to gainful employment, and providing traditional instruction combined with on-the-job technical training to provide a comprehensive learning experience, ensuring student success.

    Overall Score: 91.28
    16

    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

    One HACC Drive , Harrisburg, PA 17110 - (717) 780-2380 - Visit Homepage

    Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is the largest and oldest community college in Pennsylvania located in Harrisburg, with additional locations is Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. HACC offers nearly 200 programs for career training and college transfer, as well as courses for personal advancement and professional development.

    Overall Score: 90.70 - Request Info on Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg
    17

    Northampton Community College

    3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020 - (610) 861-5376 - Visit Homepage

    Visit the to learn more.

    Overall Score: 90.67 - Request Info on Northampton Community College
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    Pennsylvania College of Technology

    One College Avenue , Williamsport, PA 17701 - (570) 327-4519 - Visit Homepage

    Get all the program details by visiting the .

    Overall Score: 90.56 - Request Info on Pennsylvania College of Technology
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    Eastern Center for Arts & Technology

    3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - (215) 784-4800 - Visit Homepage

    Eastern Center for Arts & Technology is located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Eastern Center for Arts & Technology is a leader for developing innovative programs to provide students with the skills and knowledge through high-quality technical instruction and specialized services, preparing the student to enter and success in the career of choice.

    Overall Score: 90.40 - Request Info on Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
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    Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center

    1500 4th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602 - (814) 946-8457 - Visit Homepage

    Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center (GACTC), located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, provides superior career and technical education to area students. GACTC offers 27 approved secondary programs on half-day basis and variety of one-year full-

    Overall Score: 89.80 - Request Info on Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center

    Continued List of All Programs in Pennsylvania

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #21 Western Area Career & Technology Center
    688 Western Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317
    (724) 746-2890 Visit Homepage
    89.70Request Information
    #22 Clearfield County Career & Technology Center
    1620 River Road, Clearfield, PA 16830
    (814) 765-5308 Visit Homepage
    89.52Request Information
    #23 Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
    1730 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584
    (717) 464-7050 Visit Homepage
    89.50Request Information
    #24 Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
    5151 Tilghma Street, Allentown, PA 18104
    (610) 398-5300 Visit Homepage
    88.38Request Information
    #25 Venango Technology Center
    1 Vo-Tech Dr, Oil City, PA 16301
    (814) 493-6590 Visit Homepage
    87.72Request Information
    #26 Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center
    350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
    (570) 822-6539 Visit Homepage
    86.60Request Information
    #27 Somerset County Technology Center
    281 Technology Dr, Somerset, PA 15501
    (814) 443-3651 Visit Homepage
    86.29Request Information
    #28 Schuylkill Technology Center
    101 Technology Dr., Frackville, PA 17931
    (570) 874-1034 Visit Homepage
    85.91Request Information
    #29 Central Pennsylvania Institute Science & Technology
    540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
    (814) 359-2793 Visit Homepage
    85.76Request Information
    #30 Clarion County Career Center
    447 Career Lane, Shippenville, PA 16254
    (814) 226-4391 Visit Homepage
    85.69Request Information
    #31 Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
    445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
    (814) 266-6073 Visit Homepage
    85.65Request Information
    #32 Fortis Institute - Scranton
    517 Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18509
    (570) 558-1818 Visit Homepage
    84.73Request Information
    #33 Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School (ATVS) - Adult Education
    576 Vo Tech Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851
    (814) 653-8265 Visit Homepage
    83.55Request Information
    #34 Mercyhurst University
    501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546
    (814) 824-2000 Visit Homepage
    83.28Request Information
    #35 Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center
    13221 Big Valley Pike, Mill Creek, PA 17060
    (814) 643-6525 Visit Homepage
    83.20Request Information
    #36 Bucks County Community College
    275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940
    (215) 968-8000 Visit Homepage
    82.70Request Information
    #37 Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
    175 Georges Fairchance Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
    (724) 437-2721 Visit Homepage
    81.31Request Information
    #38 Delaware County Technical Schools
    85 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008
    (484) 423-7003 Visit Homepage
    80.15Request Information
    #39 Reading Area Community College
    10 S 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603
    (610) 372-4721 Visit Homepage
    80.10Request Information
    #40 Mercer County Career Center
    776 Greenville Rd., Mercer, PA 16137
    (724) 662-3000 Visit Homepage
    79.95Request Information
    #41 Pittsburgh Technical College
    1111 McKee Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071
    (412) 809-5100 Visit Homepage
    79.81Request Information
    #42 Penn State Lehigh Valley
    2809 Saucon Valley Rd., Center Valley, PA 18034
    (610) 285-5000 Visit Homepage
    79.63Request Information
    #43 Lebanon County Career & Technology Center
    833 Metro Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042
    (717) 273-8551 x2117 Visit Homepage
    77.70Request Information
    #44 Pitc Institute
    827 Glenside Ave., Wyncote, PA 19095
    (215) 576-5650 Visit Homepage
    77.02Request Information
    #45 Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
    2380 Elk Lake School Rd, Springville, PA 18844
    (570) 278-9229 Visit Homepage
    72.85Request Information
    #46 District 1199c Training & Upgrading Fund
    100 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19110
    (215) 568-2220 Visit Homepage
    72.42Request Information
    #47 Prism Career Institute
    8040 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152
    (888) 904-4768 Visit Homepage
    71.47Request Information
    #48 Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
    800 Manchester Ave., Media, PA 19063
    (800) 422-0025 Visit Homepage
    70.63Request Information
    #49 Hazleton Area Career Center
    1451 West 23rd Street, Hazle Township, PA 18202
    (570) 459-3221 x82400 Visit Homepage
    57.96Request Information

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  • Pennsylvania LPN Licensing Requirements

    In Pennsylvania, an LPN applicant must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, as well as complete a board-approved nursing program that consists of 1500 hours and no less than a year of coursework. Once this coursework is complete, the graduate must submit the Pennsylvania Exam/TPP application to the Board of Nursing, as well as register and sit for the NCLEX exam. Once the exam is passed, all applications have been accepted, and the applicant has submitted to a criminal background check, licensure will be granted.

    Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Licensure Information (http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_nursing/12515/licensure_information/572048)

    Strength requirements may be considered when hiring for LPN positions, including heavy lifting and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running.

    Out-of-state LPN's can apply for licensure by endorsement as long as he or she has the following:

    • Proof of licensure from another state with an education equivalent to Pennsylvania.
    • Hasn’t allowed their most current license to lapse more than 5 years and have fulfilled continuing competency requirements.
    • Passed the NCLEX.

    Foreign educated LPN's must verify educational courses through the Board based on the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation.

    Pennsylvania LPN licenses expire on June 30th of even numbered years. There are no continued education requirements for renewal.

    Additional PA Nursing Resources

    Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

    PO 2649
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
    Phone: (717) 783-7142
    Fax: (717) 783-0822
    (http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_nursing/12515)

    1. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (http://www.psna.org)

  • LPN Salary: Pennsylvania vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Pennsylvania LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Pennsylvania was $44,400; $800 more than the national median income for LPNs of $43,200. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Pennsylvania (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=42&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict an 9% increase in LPN jobs in Pennsylvania by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 1,440 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Pennsylvania Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Pennsylvania. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Pittsburgh6,280$20.26$42,140
    Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County5,950$24.53$51,030
    Philadelphia4,960$24.55$51,070
    Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton2,290$22.17$46,110
    Lancaster2,100$20.14$41,890
    Scranton, , Wilkes, Barre, , Hazleton2,080$20.71$43,080
    Harrisburg, Carlisle1,900$22.07$45,910
    York, Hanover1,180$20.53$42,710
    Reading1,050$21.52$44,760
    Erie900$18.36$38,180
    Lebanon590$19.54$40,650
    Altoona540$18.98$39,470
    Williamsport520$19.61$40,800
    Johnstown500$17.40$36,200
    Chambersburg, Waynesboro430$20.36$42,350
    Bloomsburg, Berwick390$19.00$39,530
    State College380$20.09$41,790
    Gettysburg270$20.60$42,840
    East Stroudsburg230$22.04$45,840