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A licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate can be completed in just 12 to 18 months, preparing students for a challenging but rewarding career with Pennsylvania’s leading hospitals and medical centers. The program is flexible, allowing students to pursue other objectives and activities while enrolled; some institutions even provide a two-year associate’s degree program. Colleges that offer the LPN certificate are spread widely throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Delaware County Technical School, Harrisburg Area Community College, Northampton Community College, and Fortis Institute - Erie are just a few of the many community colleges and education centers with a high-quality LPN program.

A career as an LPN
Licensed practical nurses contribute to Pennsylvania’s healthcare industry by performing a range of practical skills, including administering medication and basic care, measuring blood temperature, and performing CPR. With this degree of skill and experience, LPNs are given independence in healthcare centers and can develop leadership skills as they mentor nursing assistants and orderlies in their duties.

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Employment prospects
There are 36,060 registered LPNs working in hospitals, medical centers, and institutions across Pennsylvania. Annual income for the middle 50% of the state’s LPNs is $36,140 to $48,240. Qualified and dedicated LPNs have little challenge finding employment in Pennsylvania’s many reputable healthcare institutions, such as Hahnemann University Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, and Pennsylvania Hospital.

To begin your career as a licensed practical nurse, see our list below of Pennsylvania’s accredited LPN programs.

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Allentown / Bethlehem area

Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Penn State Lehigh Valley
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Northampton Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Penn State Lehigh Valley
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.6% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Northampton Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.3% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.5% 2010-11 to 2012-13

Erie

Fortis Institute - Erie
  • Associate of Specialized Technology in Practical Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Mercyhurst University - North East
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fortis Institute - Erie
Associate of Specialized Technology in Practical Nursing 88.8% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Mercyhurst University - North East
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.1% 2009-10 to 2012-13

Harrisburg

Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Harrisburg Area Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.4% 2009-10 to 2012-13

Lancaster

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.7% 2009-10 to 2017-18

Philadelphia metro area

Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Prism Career Institute - Philadelphia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Delaware County Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Bucks County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
PITC Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chester County Intermediate Unit
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.6% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Prism Career Institute - Philadelphia
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.3% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Delaware County Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.7% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Bucks County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.8% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.4% 2009-10 to 2012-13
PITC Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.2% 2009-10 to 2017-18
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.9% 2009-10 to 2012-13

Pittsburgh

Community College of Beaver County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2017-18)
Lenape Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Pittsburgh Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2012-13)
Western Area Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Westmoreland County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Penn Commercial Business / Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2012-13)
Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Community College of Beaver County
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.3% 2010-11 to 2017-18
Lenape Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.4% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Pittsburgh Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2010-11 to 2012-13
Western Area Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Westmoreland County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.4% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Penn Commercial Business / Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.5% 2012-13 to 2012-13
Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.8% 2009-10 to 2012-13

Reading

Reading Area Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Reading Area Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.9% 2009-10 to 2012-13

Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area

Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Fortis Institute - Scranton
  • Associate of Specialized Technology in Practical Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2017-18)
Hazleton Area Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.5% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.8% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Fortis Institute - Scranton
Associate of Specialized Technology in Practical Nursing 88.8% 2010-11 to 2017-18
Hazleton Area Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.0% 2009-10 to 2011-12

York

York County School of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Hanover Public School District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
York County School of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.7% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Hanover Public School District
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.3% 2009-10 to 2012-13

Other Pennsylvania cities

Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Crawford County Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Northern Tier Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Indiana County Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Lawrence County Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Greene County Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Franklin County Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Venango Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Credit): 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Non-Credit): 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Institute for Caregiver Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Mercer County Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2017-18)
Penn College at Wellsboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Schuylkill Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Clarion County Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Somerset County Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Lebanon County Career and Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.5% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Crawford County Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.3% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Northern Tier Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.0% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Indiana County Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.9% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Lawrence County Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.3% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Greene County Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Franklin County Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.7% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.3% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.2% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Venango Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.5% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Credit) 90.4% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Non-Credit) 85.6% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Institute for Caregiver Education
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Mercer County Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.8% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2009-10 to 2017-18
Penn College at Wellsboro
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Schuylkill Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.2% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Clarion County Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.0% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.5% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Somerset County Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.4% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Lebanon County Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.5% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing