Practical Nurse Program

Practical Nurse Program

Practical Nurse Class begins July 2016

Thank you for your interest in the Penn State Berks Practical Nurse Program.  We wish our new students well as they begin their new educational endeavor.  We will accept inquiries for admission for the next class, beginning January 2018, in late fall.


Prepare for the ATI TEAS Exam

All candidates must take the ATI TEAS exam as a prerequisite for admission.  Visit to learn more about the exam content, testing dates, and registration.

As an open testing site, Penn State Berks will proctor exams in the Gaige Technology Building on the following dates:  

September 23, 2016 - 12:30 - 4:30 pm
October 21, 2016 - 12:30 - 4:30 pm
November 11, 2016- 12:30 -4:30 pm

Visit ATI Testing to register for the exam.

Practical Nurse Program Details

Tuition covers instruction, books, uniforms and basic nursing supplies. Student are responsible for additional fees pertaining to the program requirements: CPR certification, pre-entrance physical and immunizations, drug testing, clearances, malpractice insurance, and state licensure and graduation fees. This program qualifies for financial aid and students are required to file a FAFSA application.

Visit - Penn State's financial aid number is 003329


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

Qualifications for the PN Program:

Interested participants must have a high school diploma/GED/transcripts required

  • Present a clear criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and a clear 9-panel drug screen
  • Be CPR certified
  • Perform satisfactorily on the pre-entrance exam, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Must be 17 years of age
  • Present themselves as a qualified candidate in a personal interview

Where are LPNS finding jobs? 

LPNs can be employed by doctors' offices, home health care providers, nursing homes, insurance companies, hospice services, and educational institutions. 

Application materials

Application materials should be sent to the Continuing Education Office only after you have taken the TEAS exam and know that you are a candidate for admission.

Application (PDF)

Check List for Practical  Nurse Program 

Functions of a Licensed Practical Nurse 

Course Descriptions for PN Program 

Sample Schedule for PN participant

Frequently Asked Questions