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Can you tell me about the Penn State Hazleton program?

Penn State Hazleton is authorized by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to deliver an 18-month, part-time, evening and weekend Practical Nursing Program.

What is required for application?

Applicants must supply the following: high school transcript or proof of GED, transcripts from any colleges attended, two letters of reference, PA Criminal Background check, PA Child Abuse check, and an essay. Upon acceptance into the program, prospective students must complete a physical examination, proof of immunization, tuberculosis testing, CPR, and provide proof of medical insurance coverage.

Students are judged based on their high school transcript grades, any college credit they have earned, and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS test results are the top criteria for acceptance into the program. Applicants are also judged on their experience as a care provider. Two letters of reference, stating the ability of the candidate to provide care, length of time in a healthcare related position, a personal interview and an essay are considered during the application process.

Are there prerequisites, can I transfer credits earned elsewhere?

Our program is a Non-Credit, clock hour program. Students earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing, which makes them eligible for consideration to sit for the State Licensure Examination. There are no prerequisites. We will consider Anatomy and Physiology credits for transfer.

What is the schedule of classes and clinical practice?

Classroom and possibly clinical work will be done 10-15 hours per week in the evening (3 evenings per week). Clinical experience will be done during first shift (6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Saturdays AND Sundays (2 weekends per month, every other weekend).

Study time ranges from 10-15 hours per week in addition to classroom and clinical time.

What is the cost of the program?

The current cost for tuition, textbooks, NCLEX preparation program, clinical supplies, liability insurance and uniforms is $14,000. This is subject to change for future programs.

Is Financial Aid available?

Students are requested to fill out a FAFSA form for consideration of grants and loans. Students are responsible for securing their own funding. Due to the fact that our program is a non-credit program, financial aid is limited. The majority of our students are either funded through their employer or have secured bank loans.

What is required to apply to the program?

Successful applicants will have a high school diploma or GED. A satisfactory criminal background check and child abuse clearance must be completed. Each applicant must interview with the program coordinator and a staff member. In addition, two letters of character reference are required in addition to pre-entrance testing (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

Once admitted, what is required of Practical Nursing Students?

Students must prove good physical and mental health as determined by a pre-entrance medical examination, documentation of immunizations, tuberculosis and drug screens. Students must provide proof of healthcare insurance for the duration of the program. Attendance regulations have been established. Students enrolled in the Penn State Hazleton Practical Nursing program must adhere to responsible and professional conduct, conforming to generally accepted standards of adult behavior both on and off campus. Personal appearance and dress code, indicative of the student’s interest and pride in their profession will prevail. A Uniform Dress code will apply to students reporting to
any clinical site. The student is responsible for providing current CPR certification for the duration of the program. Transportation to and from clinical sites is the responsibility of the student. Our program and students adhere to all policies set forth by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Can I remain employed while enrolled in this program?

The 18-month curriculum at Penn State Hazleton was designed to meet the needs of those students who choose to work while pursuing the Practical Nursing Program. It is recommended that students not maintaining at least a 75% average in their program work should limit employment.

Are there CPR requirements for this program?

All Practical Nursing students are required to be CPR certified in Adult, Child, Infant, and AED. Certification may be obtained through the American Heart Society or the American Red Cross. Students are responsible for remaining certified while in the Practical Nursing program. A copy of your CPR card will be kept in your file in the Continuing Education Department.