Nurse - LPN
Learn about our Practical Nursing Certificate program (LPN) (368P)
TEAS information - April 2016 (pdf)
What does a practical nurse (LPN) do?
- Work under the direction of a physician, or registered nurse.
- Meet the basic needs of patients. These include feeding, bathing, dressing, assisting with personal hygiene and emotional care.
- Administer medications.
Learn more about a career in practical nursing (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational)
Where do LPNs work?
LPNs can work in a variety of settings. These include:
- Long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers
- Outpatient clinics and doctors' offices
- Home Health
- Outpatient surgical centers
Download Estimated Expenses (pdf) for a list of expenses.
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
Upon successful completion you will:
- Receive a Practical Nursing Certificate of Completion
- Be eligible to sit for the LPN licensure exam (NCLEX-LPN®) administered by the State Board of Nursing.
What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held?
- Download a list of required courses/suggested schedule (pdf)
- HACC holds practical nursing clinical courses at the Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.
- The program is offered full-time during the day and the clinical component takes three semesters - Spring, Summer and Fall.
What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?
- Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You begin as a pre-nursing student and work closely with your advisor to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
- You are required to meet with a Health Careers advisor and complete general education courses before applying for the clinical portion.
- Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf, rev 3/23/16).
- Clinical applications are available online via SurveyMonkey August 1-September 15. You will find an active link to the application here at the appropriate time. Check back!
- Download Nursing High School Graduation Requirement (pdf, 10/3/11)
Is the program accredited?
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Can I advance my education in this field?
- You can pursue HACC's Health Science associates degree.
- HACC has a Transitional LPN program which offers advanced standing in the RN program to those LPNs who qualify and want to pursue an associate degree in nursing.
What is the most current program effectiveness data?
- Pass rate on board exam (2010, 2011 and 2012) -93%
- Graduation rate (2010, 2011 and 2012) -71%
- Job placement (2011 and 2012) -92%
How can I get more information?
- Download the Nursing Student Handbook 2016-2017 (pdf) (includes dosage calculation requirements)
- Visit Career Infonet for salary and job outlook statistics. Find career videos and licensing requirements.
- Visit the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc. (NAPNES) .
- Visit allnurses.com .
- Visit Careers for Nurses .
- Visit the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN) .
- Visit the PA State Board of Nursing .
- HACC-approved credential evaluation service (pdf)
Practical Nursing Program, Harrisburg Campus
Select Medical Health Education Pavilion (SMHEP), Room 204
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Practical Nursing Program, Lancaster Campus
Main Building, Room 215
1641 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602