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.
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.
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.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County||5,950||$24.53||$51,030|
|Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton||2,290||$22.17||$46,110|
|Scranton, Wilkes, Barre, Hazleton||2,080||$20.71||$43,080|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Pennsylvania LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
Visit the Penna Institute of Health & Technology nursing website to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the link to learn more about the Fortis Institute - Erie nursing program.
Get all the program details by visiting the Pennsylvania College of Technology website.
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.
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.
Visit the Northampton Community College nursing website to learn more.
Get all the program details by visiting the Franklin County Career & Technology Center website.
Learn more by visiting the Bucks County Community College nursing website.
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.
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.
Learn more by visiting the Somerset County Technology Center nursing website.
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.
Continued List of All Programs in Pennsylvania
517 Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18509
85 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008
104 Armstrong Street, Ford City, PA 16226
1500 4th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
175 Georges Fairchance Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
2179 S Queen St, York, PA 17402
13221 Big Valley Pike, Mill Creek, PA 17060
101 Technology Dr., Frackville, PA 17931
5151 Tilghma Street, Allentown, PA 18104
576 Vo Tech Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851
776 Greenville Rd., Mercer, PA 16137
350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090
10 S 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603
242 Oak Spring Rd., Washington, PA 15301
688 Western Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317
445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
2809 Saucon Valley Rd., Center Valley, PA 18034
540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
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1 Vo-Tech Dr, Oil City, PA 16301
501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546
833 Metro Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042
1111 McKee Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071
827 Glenside Ave., Wyncote, PA 19095
447 Career Lane, Shippenville, PA 16254
800 Manchester Ave., Media, PA 19063
2380 Elk Lake School Rd, Springville, PA 18844
8040 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152
1451 West 23rd Street, Hazle Township, PA 18202
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Programs Not Included In Rankings
100 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19110
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Additional PA Nursing Resources
- Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: (717) 783-7142
- Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
3605 Vartan Way, Suite 204
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 657-1222
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