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.


2018 Best LPN Programs in Pennsylvania

Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in Pennsylvania? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in Pennsylvania are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 53 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 20 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Pennsylvania click here.

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 New Graduates:

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.

Learn more about Pennsylvania LVN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Pennsylvania 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
Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County5,950$24.53$51,030
Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton2,290$22.17$46,110
Scranton, Wilkes, Barre, Hazleton2,080$20.71$43,080
Harrisburg, Carlisle1,900$22.07$45,910
York, Hanover1,180$20.53$42,710
Chambersburg, Waynesboro430$20.36$42,350
Bloomsburg, Berwick390$19.00$39,530
State College380$20.09$41,790
East Stroudsburg230$22.04$45,840

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Pennsylvania LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Pennsylvania LPN Programs


Penna Institute of Health & Technology

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

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Overall Score: 99.60 - Request Info on Penna Institute of Health & Technology

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: 98.80 - Request Info on Community College of Beaver County

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: 98.07 - Request Info on Crawford County Career & Technical Center

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: 97.48

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: 97.22

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: 96.70 - Request Info on Greene County Career & Technology Center

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: 94.63 - Request Info on Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center

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: 94.61 - Request Info on Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County

Fortis Institute - Erie

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

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Overall Score: 94.46

Pennsylvania College of Technology

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

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Overall Score: 94.14 - Request Info on Pennsylvania College of Technology

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: 93.19 - Request Info on Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

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: 93.12 - Request Info on Lehigh Carbon Community College

Health and Technology Training Institute

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Overall Score: 91.76

Northampton Community College

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

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Overall Score: 91.43 - Request Info on Northampton Community College

Franklin County Career & Technology Center

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

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Overall Score: 91.27

Bucks County Community College

275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940 - (215) 968-8000 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 91.03 - Request Info on Bucks County Community College

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: 90.31 - Request Info on Northern Tier Career Center

Clearfield County Career & Technology Center

1620 River Road, Clearfield, PA 16830 - (814) 765-5308 - Visit Homepage

Clearfield County Career Technology Center (CCCTC) is a postsecondary school located in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. CCCTC provides quality career and technical education programs and services to prepare students for success in the workplaces, offering fulltime, daytime courses as well as short-term evening programs to ensure student success.

Overall Score: 90.11 - Request Info on Clearfield County Career & Technology Center

Somerset County Technology Center

281 Technology Dr, Somerset, PA 15501 - (814) 443-3651 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 90.04

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

1730 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584 - (717) 464-7050 - Visit Homepage

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) is located in Willow Street, Pennsylvania, with additional campuses located in Brownstown, Mount Joy, Manheim, and Lancaster. LCCTC offers a wide variety of vocational career and adult education programs for students to gain knowledge that can be applied in the workplace, to start a new career, or to reach personal and professional goals.

Overall Score: 89.73 - Request Info on Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Continued List of All Programs in Pennsylvania

#21 Fortis Institute - Scranton
517 Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18509
(570) 558-1818 Visit Homepage
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#22 Delaware County Technical Schools
85 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008
(484) 423-7003 Visit Homepage
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#23 Lenape Technical School
104 Armstrong Street, Ford City, PA 16226
(724) 763-1311 Visit Homepage
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#24 Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
1500 4th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
(814) 946-8457 Visit Homepage
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#25 Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
175 Georges Fairchance Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
(724) 437-2721 Visit Homepage
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#26 York County School of Technology
2179 S Queen St, York, PA 17402
(717) 741-0820 Visit Homepage
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#27 Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center
13221 Big Valley Pike, Mill Creek, PA 17060
(814) 643-6525 Visit Homepage
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#28 Schuylkill Technology Center
101 Technology Dr., Frackville, PA 17931
(570) 874-1034 Visit Homepage
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#29 Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
5151 Tilghma Street, Allentown, PA 18104
(610) 398-5300 Visit Homepage
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#30 Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School (ATVS) - Adult Education
576 Vo Tech Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851
(814) 653-8265 Visit Homepage
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#31 Mercer County Career Center
776 Greenville Rd., Mercer, PA 16137
(724) 662-3000 Visit Homepage
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#32 Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center
350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
(570) 822-6539 Visit Homepage
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#33 Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 784-4800 Visit Homepage
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#34 Reading Area Community College
10 S 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603
(610) 372-4721 Visit Homepage
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#35 Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
242 Oak Spring Rd., Washington, PA 15301
(724) 222-5330 Visit Homepage
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#36 Western Area Career & Technology Center
688 Western Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317
(724) 746-2890 Visit Homepage
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#37 Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 266-6073 Visit Homepage
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#38 Penn State Lehigh Valley
2809 Saucon Valley Rd., Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 285-5000 Visit Homepage
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#39 Central Pennsylvania Institute Science & Technology
540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
(814) 359-2793 Visit Homepage
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#40 Brightwood Career Institute
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#41 Venango Technology Center
1 Vo-Tech Dr, Oil City, PA 16301
(814) 493-6590 Visit Homepage
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#42 Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-2000 Visit Homepage
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#43 Lebanon County Career & Technology Center
833 Metro Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 273-8551 x2117 Visit Homepage
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#44 Pittsburgh Technical College
1111 McKee Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071
(412) 809-5100 Visit Homepage
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#45 PITC Institute
827 Glenside Ave., Wyncote, PA 19095
(215) 576-5650 Visit Homepage
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#46 Clarion County Career Center
447 Career Lane, Shippenville, PA 16254
(814) 226-4391 Visit Homepage
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#47 Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
800 Manchester Ave., Media, PA 19063
(800) 422-0025 Visit Homepage
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#48 Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
2380 Elk Lake School Rd, Springville, PA 18844
(570) 278-9229 Visit Homepage
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#49 Prism Career Institute
8040 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152
(888) 904-4768 Visit Homepage
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#50 Hazleton Area Career Center
1451 West 23rd Street, Hazle Township, PA 18202
(570) 459-3221 x82400 Visit Homepage
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#51 Falcon Institute of Health & Science
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District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
100 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19110
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