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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 7 campuses across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
  • Each campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), or Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • Offers non-mandatory Kaplan Certified Professional program at no additional cost, to help prepare students for the job search. 
  • Part of Kaplan Higher Education Campuses (KHEC), alongside 6 other institutions across the country with online options as well.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • Offers continuing education courses in Medical Coding and Massage Therapy.
  • Classes are held only 4 days a week.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to students who qualify.
  • 3 campuses in Monroeville, New Kensington, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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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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  • Part of the All-State Career schools group.
  • Campuses located in Essington, PA and Baltimore, MD.
  • Financial aid is available to students who qualify.
  • Offers programs in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, and Medical Billing and Coding.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), South-Central Employment Corporation (SEC), and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • 7.5 acre campus is located in the foothills of Blue Mountain, north of Harrisburg, PA.
  • Involved with many community service organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB), March of Dimes, and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
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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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