Dates announced for Penn State Hazleton health care programs

HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton’s Continuing Education Office offers several health care education programs to help prepare individuals for a well-paying, rewarding career, in as little as four months.

These programs include practical nursing, phlebotomy technician, clinical medical assisting and nurse aide and are designed to provide participants with a pathway to advance their education and career.  

Practical nursing — Start date: Tuesday, Aug. 17 

The practical nursing program is an 18-month part-time program that provides a high-quality noncredit certificate in practical nursing. It helps provide the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes essential for practical nursing practice and the knowledge necessary to test for the NCLEX-PN. All classes are held on evenings and weekends. Student financial aid is available for those who qualify.  

To be considered for the program, prospective students are encouraged to attend a virtual information session to meet faculty and learn more about curriculum, admissions requirements, financial aid and more. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, Thursday, March 18, and Monday, April 19. 

Candidates are required to take the TEAS entrance exam. Tests are held twice per month. The exam schedule and information on study materials is available at  

Candidates who meet or exceed TEAS exam criteria will then be invited to apply for the program. Upon acceptance to the program, students must obtain clearances and work with continuing education staff to complete additional requirements.  

Phlebotomy technician — Start date: Tuesday, April 20 

This 90-hour evening program prepares students to collect blood specimens from patients through venipuncture and capillary sampling for the purpose of laboratory analysis. The course, a combination of classroom and lab instruction, teaches all aspects related to blood collection and how to perform venipunctures completely and safely. 

Clinical medical assisting — Start date: May 

This four-month evening program helps prepare students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical aspects of a medical office, including assisting with patient-related care; preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing; patient confidentiality; recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressures and other patient care items; review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology-related items; laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and techniques to collect specimens for laboratory analysis; and cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12-lead EKG. 

Nurse aide  — Start date: March 

A 128-hour program which combines classroom and lab instruction, the nurse aide program is offered in either a six-week part-time schedule or a four-week full-time schedule. Upon successful completion, students receive training on the skills necessary to test for the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide written (or oral) examination and skills evaluation, the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). 

To learn how to apply or for more information about these programs, visit or contact Director of Continuing Education Debra Conway at [email protected] or 570-450-3136.