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The mission of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Practical Nursing Program is to provide a high quality non-credit certificate program, delivered through a part-time, 18-month evening and weekend curriculum, to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes essential for practical nursing practice.

Functions of an LPN

PN class of 2014

Congratulations Practical Nursing Class of 2014!


HSSCI 6000 – Structure and Function of the Human Body 96 hours
Introduction to human anatomy and physiology as it relates to the body in health and disease. The relationship between the structure and function in each body system is emphasized. Students explore the interrelationships among all body systems for the maintenance of homeostasis. Corequisite: HSSCI 6001 

HSSCI 6001L - Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 120 Class Hours
HSSCI 6001C 184 Clinical Hours
The course offers an orientation to the practical nursing program including objectives and requirements, responsibilities of the student nurse, communication skills, basic nursing knowledge, legal and ethical aspects for nursing and skills common to all areas of nursing practice. Corequisite: HSSCI 6000 

HSSCI 6002L – Concepts of Basic Medical and Surgical Nursing Care 145 Class Hours
HSSCI 6002C 230 Clinical Hours
This course introduces math for pharmacology and the study of drug preparation and administration. The study of nursing care of adults continues the basic medical-surgical concepts studied in Level I. Prerequisites: HSSCI 6000, HSSCI 6001 

HSSCI 6003L – Nursing Care of Adults and Children 124 Class Hours
HSSCI 6003C 276 Clinical Hours
The system approach to the study of diseases and disorders continues with the study of the reproductive and respiratory systems. Content includes aspects of how disease processes affect individuals throughout the life span. Concepts of pediatrics and family centered nursing are studied. Prerequisites: HSSCI 6000, HSSCI 6001, HSSCI 6002 

HSSCI 6004L – Nursing Care of the Adult 132 Class Hours
HSSCI 6004C 268 Clinical Hours
The course continues to build on the principles of medical-surgical nursing. Additional systems studied include the endocrine system, the integumentary system, and the nervous system. Mental health and illness concepts are also included. Issues and trends in nursing, nursing organizations, job seeking skills and the role of the LPN in society complete the course content. Prerequisites: HSSCI 6000, HSSCI 6001, HSSCI 6002, HSSCI 6003 

Note: The curriculum is divided into four levels, which will be offered consecutively over 18 months during evenings and weekends. Level I consists of HSSCI 6000 and 6001L&C, Level II – HSSCI 6002L&C, Level III – HSSCI 6003L&C and Level IV - HSSCI 6004L&C. Each level will run approximately 17 weeks with at least a one week break between each level. There are a total of 617 classroom hours and 958 clinical practice hours; total of 1,575 hours. Grades will be awarded for classroom instruction and the clinical/lab practicum portion will be graded on the pass/fail basis. Students must maintain a 75% or higher average for classroom instruction and a passing grade for clinical practice.

and Cost

Sample Monthly Schedule

Week 1 and Week 3
Tuesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Wednesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Thursday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Saturday- 6 AM - 4:30 PM, Clinical

Week 2  and Week 4
Sunday- 6 AM - 4:30 PM, Clinical
Tuesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Wednesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Thursday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom


$16,500 includes uniforms, diagnostic kit, ATI testing, textbooks and lab supplies.


Review the Checklist for Practical Nursing Program

Complete Application (including essay)

Submit Non-Refundable Application Fee

Register for and successfully complete TEAS test:

Next TEAS test to be held February 15, 2016, 9 AM at The Penn State Center @ Overlook Park in Allentown, PA.

  • Go to www.atitesting.com to register for and select a date to take the TEAS test. The test fee is $81.00. The fee is nonrefundable and non-transferrable 
  • Individuals MUST present a valid photo ID and their ATI username and password. 
  • Calculators NOT allowed
  • Please bring your ATI username, password and photo ID to the test site 
  • Please bring 2 or more #2 pencils
  • Schedule 4 hours to take the test
  • Scratch paper will be provided by the Testing Center
  • Classroom will be open 30 minutes before the scheduled test time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. Those arriving late will NOT be allowed to test 
  • All registrations are final. Requests for date or time changes must be made 2 days prior to the scheduled date
  • ATI testing will be held at the Penn State Center @ Overlook Park, 445 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, PA, 2nd floor Computer Lab. Driving directions to the Penn State Center.
  • Please call 610-285-5000 or check our website at www.lv.psu.edu in case of inclement weather

Provide official copy of high school transcript or copy of your GED

Submit two letters of reference

Interviews will be scheduled as soon as all application materials and TEAS scores are received.

Registration and
More Information 

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Penn State Lehigh Valley
Continuing Education and

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034-8447

Phone: 610-285-5000
Fax: 610-285-5256


The Penn State Center @ Overlook Park

445 Hanover Avenue
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: 610-841-5330
Fax: 610-841-3310