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Practical Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Program

Next session begins Monday, August 14, 2018


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

This eighteen-month evening and weekend program consists of the following classroom and clinical curriculum, with all programming done under the supervision of qualified nursing instructors:

  • Structure and function of the human body
  • Fundamentals of practical nursing
  • Concepts of basic medical-surgical nursing care
  • Nursing care of adults and children
  • Nursing care of the adult

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, the graduate will:

  • Utilize, under supervision, scientific knowledge and skills necessary to plan and provide safe and comprehensive client-centered nursing care in all settings where nursing takes place
  • Perform nursing care that reflects accurate assessments of the client's growth and development
  • Apply the nursing processes in meeting the client's needs
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Perform in a legal and ethical manner
  • Administer medications in the healthcare setting with accuracy
  • Participate with members of the healthcare team in providing instruction for identified client healthcare needs
  • Utilize information technology in providing basic care

NOTE: Students who graduate from the Practical Nursing program meet the educational requirements to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Penn State Hazleton
76 University Drive
Hazleton, PA  18202
Directions to Penn State Hazleton

Program Cost

Tuition cost to be announced - includes tuition, books and supplies, and uniforms.

NOTE:  Student financial aid is available for those who qualify. Interested students can submit a free online application at (PSU school code 003329). Students enrolled in the PN program will be reviewed for both federal Pell Grant, as well as federal Direct Stafford loan eligibility. The program also qualifies for Veteran Education Benefits. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Aid website or contact the Office of Student Aid at 570-450-3163.

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Admissions Process

1. To begin the admissions process:

2. Purchase the ATI TEAS® Study Manual Sixth Edition ISBN # 978-1-56533-564-6

The study manual is available through Amazon or

3. Schedule the TEAS test by calling 570-450-3110    

Instructions for the TEAS test will be provided to at that time.    

4. Bring your completed application, Undergraduate Nondegree Enrollment form, one-page essay and two dated and signed letters of character reference to the TEAS testing. 

5. Request ALL high school and college transcripts and have them mailed directly to:

Continuing Education
Penn State Hazleton
76 University Drive
Hazleton PA 18202

Note: Please allow approximately one month for transcripts to arrive. Transcripts must be received before the TEAS test date.

6. If you choose to use financial aid, begin the financial aid process by completing the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal and state aid consideration.

Use Penn State's FAFSA school code: 003329



For more information or if you have any additional questions, contact:

Debra Conway
Continuing Education

Practical Nurse Information Sessions

Learn more about the practical nursing program at Penn State Hazleton by attending one of our information sessions. Call 570-450-3110 for more information or to register.

Information sessions for fall 2017 and spring 2018 will be held on the following days:

  • Monday, November 6 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 8 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Practical Nurse Entrance Exam (TEAS) Test Dates

To register for one of the following test dates, please complete the application and include a preferred test date along with your $80 application fee. You will receive confirmation of your registration once your application and payment are received.

Test dates for fall 2017 and spring 2018:

  • Monday, November 6 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To request a specific date and time for a TEAS test, complete and return the TEAS request form.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time.
Test begins promptly at the scheduled time.
Bring a picture ID and your paper/pencil ID number. Your pen/pencil number is obtained by visiting (Click "Create an account" link. The number will begin with A and contain 7 or 8 digits). 

A TEAS study manual is available for purchase ($60 - cash or check only).  The book contains instructional material for each of the four subject areas assessed, practice problems with explanatory answer keys, two comprehensive practice tests with explanatory answer keys and a detailed glossary of terms used throughout the guide. The manual can be purchased from the Continuing Education Office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Continuing Education Office at 570-450-3110 or email