Practical Nursing Program

Program Description & Curriculum: The Practical Nursing Program is a twelve month training program divided into three levels. Each level is a prerequisite for the next, therefore satisfactory completion of each level is required to progress to the next level. Theoretical instruction and clinical experience are scheduled Monday through Friday. Theoretical hours are 7:45a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Clinical hours vary according to assigned facility.

In the third level, students may spend four (4) days a week in the clinical setting continuing their Medical/Surgical, Pediatric, and Special Area Clinical Experiences.

Students who successfully complete the Practical Nursing Program will be eligible to write the State Board Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Advanced Placement Policy: Credit for previous education and/or experience will be determined on an individual basis and will be granted according to program's standards.


Job Placement Calculation: Percentage is calculated by the number of graduates that gained employment in the nursing field divided by the number of graduates, multiplied by 100 for percentage.

Exclusions: No formal job placement provided, but refer calls through-out the year from the public, physician offices, and long-term care facilities that are looking for past graduates and/or newly licensed Practical Nurses.

Student Leaning Outcomes (SLO):
  1. Safe and Effective Care Environment - Provide nursing care according to the nursing process contributing to the enhancement of the health care delivery setting.  Nurses protect patients and personnel through both system effectiveness and efficient individual performance utilizing evidenced-based practice.
  1. Patient-Centered Care - Recognize the patient/designee as the source of control and in providing holistic care with compassion and sensitivity to coordinate individualized care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
  1. LPN Scope of Practice - Demonstrate competency within Practical Nurse scope of practice to provide safe, quality care for diverse patients in a caring environment.
  1. Teamwork and Collaboration - Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  1. Professional Identity - Demonstrate responsibility for own personal and professional growth as a self-motivated and community-minded nurse who utilizes self-reflection and feedback from team members.

For additional information about our Practical Nurshing Program Curriculum Outline and Level Descriptions, select the following links:

Student Handbook:

Student Handbookpdf

Admission Requirements:

  • High School graduate or satisfactory achievement on equivalency examination
  • Satisfactory achievement on pre-entrance admission examination.
  • Satisfactory references and personal interview
  • Criminal history report and Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearance
  • Satisfactory physical condition as determined by a physical examination
  • Tuition and Activity Fee:   $19,480.00
  • Additional Costs:             $   2,880.00
  • Total Cost:                        $22,360.00

              *Financial Aid is available for those who qualify

             *U.S. Military Benefits Available and Accepted

Please Note
• An applicant will not be permitted to take the NCLEX exam for licensure if he/she has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the act if April 14, 1972, (P.L.233 No 64), known as “The controlled substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic  Act," or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless at least (10) years have elapsed from the date of conviction. The term “convicted” shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt, or a plea of nolo contendere.

• All convictions and pending or new charges must be reported to the nurse coordinator immediately. These include all/any felony and misdemeanor arrests.

• Any student with a finding on the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and/or FBI Clearance which indicates the student may not work with children will be ineligible for participation in the nursing program.

Estimated Cost to Complete the Practical Nursing Program:
  • To determine the estimated cost to attend the Practical Nursing Program select the Net Price Calculator: Net Price Calculator
Practical Nursing Administration and Instructional Staff:
Judy Swauger
Practical Nursing Coordinator
724.627.3106 ext. 208
Toni Lemley
Practical Nursing Instructor
724.627.3106 ext. 224
Jill Summersgill
Practical Nursing Financial Aid Administrator/Secretary
724.627.3106 ext. 201
Megan Trump
Practical Nursing Instructor
724.627.3106 ext. 224

Notice to All Applicants:
EXCERPTS from the Pennsylvania Nurse Practice for Practical Nurses (Act 110):
"The State Board shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, or Convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in court of law of the United States or any other State, Territory, or County unless: (1) at least ten (10) years have elapsed since the date of conviction; (2) the applicant satisfactorily demonstrates significant progress in rehabilitation since the conviction and the licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public; (3) the applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by the act (convicted shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of Nolo Contendere)."

The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

2015-2016 Student Achievement Data:
• Graduate Success on Licensure Exam: 100%
• Completion Rate: 66.67%
• Job Obtainment: 100%

Nondiscrimination Policy
The Greene County Career & Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or ages in its programs or activities. Career and Technical Education program offerings include: Automotive Collision and Body Repair, Automotive Technology, Building and Construction Occupations, Computer Networking Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical Occupations, Emergency and Protective Services, Health Assistant, Precision Machining, Sports Medicine and Rehab Therapy, Welding and Licensed Practical Nursing (adults only). Admission to the programs depends upon availability and class size and sending school districts criteria. Inquires may be directed to the Greene County Career and Technology’s Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504 Coordinator at 60 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA or call 724-627-3106.

Greene County Career & Technology Center • 60 Zimmerman Drive • Waynesburg, PA 15370 • 724-627-3106
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