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Classes are in-person at the school and at clinical sites. No online classes.

Healthcare Workers are in High Demand. Practical Nursing Training at Penn Commercial

The field of nursing has evolved dramatically over the past few decades. The healthcare 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 most. Licensed Practical Nurses are truly on the front line of health care.

Located in Washington County, Pennsylvania – Penn Commercial Business – Technical School provides Practical Nursing training solutions. The information below will cover Practical Nursing salaries, where you can go to school for Practical Nursing, and outline Practical Nursing schools near you!

Our Practical Nursing program will offer you the theoretical foundation, hands-on training, skills, and the necessary perspective to prepare to become a well-rounded health professional.

During this 12-month nursing program, you will have access to training that will prepare you 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 in the Practical Nursing Program at Penn Commercial

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 be taught 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.

How You Can Learn about Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program offers a valuable blend of classroom learning with clinical experiences designed to enable students to apply what they know in professional settings. In fact, Penn Commercial Business/Technical School is affiliated with a number of healthcare 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 may include:

  • AHN Canonsburg General Hospital
  • Washington Health System
  • Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network
  • Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Transitions Healthcare
  • McMurray Hills Manor
  • North Strabane Rehab and Wellness
  • Premier Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
  • Davita Dialysis
  • Gateway Hospice
  • Rainbow’s End Learning Center
  • Washington School District
  • Your Child’s Place
  • Blue Prints

Becoming a licensed practical 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 the required skills for the healthcare field in our modern facilities and laboratories.

When You Can Learn at Penn Commercial

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 6:00 a.m. and run as late as 11:00 p.m., depending on the needs of the clinical site.

Pennsylvania Licensure

The Practical Nursing curriculum meets the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Standards and prepares students for licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). Most states, including Pennsylvania, have licensure laws that regulate the practice of nursing and proper credentialing is required for employment. Penn Commercial does not guarantee that a student will pass this examination.

The Practical Nursing Program is on provisional status by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022, 71.22% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA passed the examination on the first attempt.

Between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, 90.49% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA passed the examination on the first attempt.

Between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, 90.00% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA passed the examination on the first attempt.

Between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019, 88.24% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA passed the examination on the first attempt.

Between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, 93.33% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA passed the examination on the first attempt.

Where You Can Go after Graduating from Penn Commercial

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 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth projection from 2019 to 2029 is 9%, which is considerably faster than the 7% average. The projected number of job openings for that same period is 65,700.*

As you can see, nursing is an in-demand profession. The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to enter the field as Licensed Practical Nurses trained to provide compassionate health care and effective communication with patients and their families.

Practical nurses work in multiple settings, such as:

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

At Penn Commercial you will be taught the skills necessary for you to pursue a career as a Practical nurse through personalized instruction, experienced faculty, up-to-date facilities and academic support.

  • Bridgeville Rehabilitation and Care Center
  • Canonsburg Hospital (AHN)
  • DaVita Dialysis
  • Dedicated Nursing Associates, INC
  • Excela Health
  • Hawthorne Woods Assisted Living
  • Highland Park Care Center
  • Maxim Healthcare Staffing
  • Paramount Nursing & Rehab
  • Premier Washington Health Center
  • Presbyterian Senior Care
  • Providence Point
  • Rolling Meadows
  • Ruby Memorial Hospital
  • Southwestern Healthcare Center
  • Strabane Woods
  • Townview Health & Rehab Center
  • Transitions Healthcare
  • Trinity Health System
  • Uniontown Hospital
  • UPMC
  • Washington Health System
  • Waynesburg Healthcare & Rehab Center
  • West Penn Hospital (AHN)
  • and many others

Students can find job placement assistance with services like job fairs, career counseling, interviewing workshops, job listings, resume assistance, employment newsletters and externships through our dedicated Career Services Department.

Student Requirements

Those wishing to enroll in the Practical Nursing program will be required by the state to pass specific background checks and a drug test at the student’s expense. Possessing a medical marijuana card does not exempt students from a positive drug test result.

Required background checks:
– Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (for PA residents) OR West Virginia Criminal Background Check
(CIB) (for WV residents) OR other current state of residency background check
– Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
– FBI Criminal Background Clearance

The Practical Nursing program requires  a Health Clearance/Physical Form to be completed. Also, due to clinical site requirements, students will need to be current on the following vaccines/titers for communicable diseases prior to entering the clinical component of the program:
– Hepatitis B Titer and vaccination if needed
– Varicella Titer and vaccination if needed
– MMR Titer and vaccination if needed
– T-Spot Testing for Tuberculosis
– TDAP vaccination
– Flu shot

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