LPN Training in Pennsylvania

How to Become an LPN in Pennsylvania

To become an LPN in Pennsylvania you will need to:

  1. Attend an approved practical nursing program in the United States.
  2. Complete an application form for licensure. You can get one here. Your application must also include a $35 application fee to be paid by money order, personal check, or cashier’s check (in US funds only).
  3. Ask that the nursing program you attended complete a Nursing Education Verification Form (included with the licensure application form) and send it to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. In addition, you must request that your nursing school send a set of official transcripts to the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing.
  4. Register for the NCLEX exam here. The exam fee is $200.
  5. Once you are approved to test, take and pass the exam.
  6. Receive your license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Exam results are available by mail within three weeks of the exam date.

Pennsylvania PN licenses expire on June 30 during even-numbered years and require a renewal fee of $40.

Did you know that LPNs in Pennsylvania earn a mean hourly wage of $19.19 or a mean annual wage of $39,920?

*Salary data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649


Schools offering LPN Programs in Pennsylvania


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3 Program(s) Found
  • Part of the Lincoln Group of Schools.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • First campus was opened in 1946, now with 22 campuses across the United States.
  • Lincoln Group of Schools made over $12 million available through scholarships to qualified students in 2014.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS) for over 50 years.
  • Most programs have an externship requirement, so students can gain real-world professional practice.
  • Offers an in-house daycare center for students with small children.
  • Offers a free GED prep course for students.
  • Established in 1929 in Washington, Pennsylvania, as a business school.
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  • 24/7 myCampusLink system lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
  • Their mission is to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Designated a 2014 MIlitary Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more.  
  • 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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Gwynedd Mercy College , Gwynedd Valley
  • A Catholic University with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, founded in 1948.
  • Its 160-acre campus is a short drive from Philadelphia, PA.
  • It has an enrollment of about 3,000 students.
  • Offers over 40 undergraduate programs including medical biology, nursing, history, and more.
  • Its student to faculty ratio is  14:1, and 65.5% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Also  offers online degree programs and has satellite campuses.
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  • Committed to excellence in education since 1897 with a rich history of helping students find successful careers.
  • Offers a wide array of over 35 degree programs including business, medical, technology and more.
  • Fully accredited campuses offer day, evening and online classes.
  • Developed a Graduate Placement Strategy (GPS), that helps students prepare for careers with externships, help building a career portfolio, resume writing, and more.
  • Gives graduates access to career tools and networking resources for life.
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  • A leader in promoting career-focused education since 1959.
  • Core programs include massage therapy, dental assistant training, health claims specialist and medical assistant programs.
  • Provides students with one-on-one education support.
  • Requires students to complete an externship where they gain real-world skills and experience.
  • Makes refresher sessions available in courses students have previously taken, at no additional cost.
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  • Features a public spa where massage students can get real-world experience. 
  • Main campus is located in North Wales, Pennsylvania, with satellite campuses in Phoenixville and Warminster.
  • Honored by the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Century in 2013.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Originally founded in 1918 as a way to prepare servicemen to re-enter the workforce after military service.
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  • Their Fast Track Diploma/Certificate Programs can enable students to be job-ready in as little as eight months.
  • A Career Services Office helps match graduates with potential employers.
  • Founded in 1979 as the Star Technical Institute school group, offering career training in drafting and design. 
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Education, and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
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  • Based on their 2014 graduate survey, 85.7% of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.
  • 84% of surveyed graduates said they would recommend Central Penn College to a friend.
  • On-campus housing is provided in apartments and townhouses, not dorms.
  • Located near Harrisburg, PA.
  • Has an Alumni Mentor Program that matches a student with a graduate who can help them pursue their goals.
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  • A private post-secondary institution of higher education serving south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland since 1967.
  • Offers associate degrees in specialized business and specialized technology, as well as programs leading to professional certifications and diplomas.
  • Gives each student their own career services specialist who helps keep them focused on their goals.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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