Practical Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Practical Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

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 PA criminal background check, PA child abuse check, FBI criminal history, physical examination, provide proof of immunization, tuberculosis testing, and liability and health insurance coverage. CPR class will be provided to students prior to clinical education.

Students are judged based on their high school transcript grades and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). College credits earned will be taken into consideration. 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 professional letters of reference, stating the ability of the candidate to provide care, length of time in a health care 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. Students are encouraged to contact their schools of choice to discuss credit accepted for continuing education. Students must have a high school diploma or GED.

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 (6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Saturdays AND Sundays (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, uniforms and CPR training is $16,500. This is subject to change for future programs.

The student is responsible for fees associated with clinical training which include clearances, physical exams, immunizations, drug screening, and health and liability insurances. These charges are estimated at $300, depending on current coverage and required immunizations.

Is financial aid available?

This program is eligible for financial aid. Students are requested to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal and state aid consideration.

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 liability and health 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. 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. This training workshop is provided to all students prior to the start of the clinical experience.