Nursing student smiling in her white coat.
The field of nursing has evolved dramatically over the past few decades. The health care industry is growing fast, and doctors are relying more and more on nurses to provide a heightened level of patient care. These professionals bring caring support and comfort to patients and their families at the time they need it the most. Licensed practical nurses are truly on the front line of health care.

Our practical nursing program will equip you with the theoretical foundation, hands-on training, skills, and the necessary perspective to become a well-rounded health professional.

At the end of this 12-month program, you will be able to work in a variety of medical facilities providing care for patients of all ages and taking advantage of the increasing opportunities presented in this field.

What You Can Learn

This 12-month diploma program has been crafted to prepare students to serve as a true health professional for patients and their families. Students will learn how to administer medication, observe and report symptoms and perform therapeutic procedures. Other areas of focus include:

  • Concepts of Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Surgical Nursing

One of the program’s main goals is to position graduates to earn their licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (P.O. Box 2648, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649, 717-783-7142, www.dos.state.pa.us).

How You Can Learn

The practical nursing program offers a valuable blend of classroom learning with clinical experiences designed to enable students to apply what they know in real professional settings. In fact, Penn Commercial Business/Technical School is affiliated with a number of health care facilities in the Pennsylvania area for this purpose. You will train in these facilities under the direct supervision of medical professionals, facing real-life situations.

Some of these facilities include:

  • UPMC Mercy
  • Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre
  • Community Action Southwest Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Southwest Regional Medical Center
  • Kade Nursing Home
  • Providence Point
  • Your Child’s Place

Becoming a registered nurse means you will be responsible for a wide variety of clinical tasks and directly involved with patient care. In our practical nursing program you will learn the necessary skills in treating and communicating with patients from accomplished instructors who have years of experience as registered nurses. You will learn and train for all the required skills for the health care field in our modern facilities and laboratories.

When You Can Learn

Classes are forming now, so the best way to get started is by calling 724-222-5330 today or stopping by our campus. Once enrolled, classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Clinical rotations are scheduled between Monday and Friday at one of our contracted clinical affiliates, and hours may begin as early as 7:00 a.m. and run as late as 11:00 p.m., depending on the needs of the clinical site.

Where You Can Go

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School has been proudly empowering students and changing lives since 1929. For us, empowerment is the key to academic and professional success.

The job market for nurses is growing above average, following the health care industry growth trend. According to data retrieved from O*NET OnLine, the job growth projection from 2014 to 2024 is 16%, which is considerably faster than the 7% average. The projected number of job openings for that same period is 322,200.*

As you can see, nursing is an in-demand profession. The practical nursing program prepares graduates to enter the field as licensed practical nurses capable of providing compassionate health care and communicating effectively with patients and their families.

As a registered nurse you will be able to work in multiple settings and offices, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing facilities
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Home health care services
  • Schools

At Penn Commercial you will learn every skill necessary for you to succeed in a career as a registered nurse through personalized instruction, experienced faculty, cutting-edge facilities and academic support.

To help students find job placement after graduation, our alumni & career services can offer a variety of services like job fairs, career counseling, interviewing workshops, job listings, resume assistance, employment newsletters and externships.

Our alumni network can also be very helpful. You can find our former students all around the United States working in different industries and achieving great success in their professional lives.

*http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2061.00

Registered Nurse Bridge Program

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School has partnered with Washington Health System to help our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates earn their Registered Nurse (RN) diploma faster. As a Penn Commercial LPN graduate, you will be qualified to enroll in the shortened 12-month RN diploma program at the Washington Health System School of Nursing.

This program allows students to earn their RN in just two years. Here’s how:

1. Complete the 12-month LPN program from Penn Commercial.

2. Complete the following four courses from any accredited institution in PA:

  • Human Anatomy with Lab or Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Physiology with Lab or Anatomy and Physiology II
  • English Composition
  • Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development

3. Enroll in the shortened 12-month RN diploma program at Washington Health System School of Nursing.*

*All admission requirements must be met prior to enrollment.

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