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.

  • LPN Programs in Pennsylvania

    ProgramDetails
    Bucks County Community College
    275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940
    (215) 968-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
    3201 Rockwell Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508
    (570) 346-8471 Visit Homepage
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    Central Pennsylvania Institute Science & Technology
    540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
    (814) 359-2793 Visit Homepage
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    Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
    1339 Saint Mary Street Suite 2, Lewisburg, PA 17837
    (570) 768-4960 Visit Homepage
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    Chester County Intermediate Unit
    443 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
    (484) 593-5950 Visit Homepage
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    Clarion County Career Center
    447 Career Lane, Shippenville, PA 16254
    (814) 226-4391 Visit Homepage
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    Clearfield County Career & Technology Center
    1620 River Road, Clearfield, PA 16830
    (814) 765-5308 Visit Homepage
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    Community College of Beaver County
    1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA 15061
    (724) 480-2222 Visit Homepage
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    Crawford County Career & Technical Center
    860 Thurston Road, Meadville, PA 16335
    (814) 724-6024 Visit Homepage
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    Delaware County Technical Schools
    85 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008
    (484) 423-7003 Visit Homepage
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    District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
    100 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19110
    (215) 568-2220 Visit Homepage
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    Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
    3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090
    (215) 784-4800 Visit Homepage
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    Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
    175 Georges Fairchance Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
    (724) 437-2721 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis Institute - Erie
    5757 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506
    (814) 838-7673 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis Institute - Scranton
    517 Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18509
    (570) 558-1818 Visit Homepage
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    Franklin County Career & Technology Center
    2463 Loop Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202
    (717) 263-9033 Visit Homepage
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    Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
    1500 4th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 946-8457 Visit Homepage
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    Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
    445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
    (814) 266-6073 Visit Homepage
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    Greene County Career & Technology Center
    60 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370
    (724) 627-3106 Visit Homepage
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    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg
    One HACC Drive , Harrisburg, PA 17110
    (717) 780-2380 Visit Homepage
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    Hazleton Area Career Center
    1451 West 23rd Street, Hazle Township, PA 18202
    (570) 459-3221 x82400 Visit Homepage
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    Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center
    13221 Big Valley Pike, Mill Creek, PA 17060
    (814) 643-6525 Visit Homepage
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    Indiana County Technology Center - Adult Education
    441 Hamill Road, Indiana, PA 15701
    (724) 349-6700 Visit Homepage
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    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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    Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
    1730 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584
    (717) 464-7050 Visit Homepage
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    Lebanon County Career & Technology Center
    833 Metro Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042
    (717) 273-8551 x2117 Visit Homepage
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    Lehigh Carbon Community College
    4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
    (610) 799-2121 Visit Homepage
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    Lenape Technical School
    104 Armstrong Street, Ford City, PA 16226
    (724) 763-1311 Visit Homepage
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    Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
    5151 Tilghma Street, Allentown, PA 18104
    (610) 398-5300 Visit Homepage
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    Mercer County Career Center
    776 Greenville Rd., Mercer, PA 16137
    (724) 662-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Mercyhurst University
    501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546
    (814) 824-2000 Visit Homepage
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    Northampton Community College
    3835 Green Pond Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18020
    (610) 861-5376 Visit Homepage
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    Northern Tier Career Center
    120 Career Center Lane, Towanda, PA 18848
    (570) 265-8111 Visit Homepage
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    Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
    242 Oak Spring Rd., Washington, PA 15301
    (724) 222-5330 Visit Homepage
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    Penn State Lehigh Valley
    2809 Saucon Valley Rd., Center Valley, PA 18034
    (610) 285-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Penna Institute of Health & Technology
    1015 Industrial Park Drive, Mt Braddock, PA 15465
    (724) 437-4600 Visit Homepage
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    Pennsylvania College of Technology
    One College Avenue , Williamsport, PA 17701
    (570) 327-4519 Visit Homepage
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    Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
    800 Manchester Ave., Media, PA 19063
    (800) 422-0025 Visit Homepage
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    PITC Institute
    827 Glenside Ave., Wyncote, PA 19095
    (215) 576-5650 Visit Homepage
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    Pittsburgh Technical College
    1111 McKee Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071
    (412) 809-5100 Visit Homepage
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    Prism Career Institute
    8040 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152
    (888) 904-4768 Visit Homepage
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    Reading Area Community College
    10 S 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603
    (610) 372-4721 Visit Homepage
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    Schuylkill Technology Center
    101 Technology Dr., Frackville, PA 17931
    (570) 874-1034 Visit Homepage
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    Somerset County Technology Center
    281 Technology Dr, Somerset, PA 15501
    (814) 443-3651 Visit Homepage
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    Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
    2380 Elk Lake School Rd, Springville, PA 18844
    (570) 278-9229 Visit Homepage
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    Venango Technology Center
    1 Vo-Tech Dr, Oil City, PA 16301
    (814) 493-6590 Visit Homepage
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    Western Area Career & Technology Center
    688 Western Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317
    (724) 746-2890 Visit Homepage
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    Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center
    350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
    (570) 822-6539 Visit Homepage
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    York County School of Technology
    2179 S Queen St, York, PA 17402
    (717) 741-0820 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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)

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