Philadelphia LPN Programs
Individuals interested in pursuing careers as LPNs can choose from a few different schools in the Philadelphia area. The three colleges discussed in this article all offer programs that prepare students to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). Get details on the coursework and clinical training requirements, and look over a table for more facts about each school.
- Bucks County Community College offers a full-time LPN program and is located about 23 miles from downtown Philadelphia.
- Situated roughly 10 miles from central Philadelphia, Delaware County Technical School offers a practical nursing program that takes one year to complete. It offers the lowest tuition rate in the area.
- District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund offers a practical nursing program in Philadelphia's downtown area. It can be completed on a part-time basis by attending classes two to three nights a week.
Comparison of Schools
Explore the differing tuition rates, enrollment numbers, graduation figures and other stats in the table below. The info could help you narrow down your options for LPN training and make a decision on which school best fits your needs.
|Bucks County Community College||Delaware County Technical School - Practical Nursing Program||District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund|
|School Type||Two-year, public||Less-than-two-year, public||Less-than-two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,784*||43*||over 4,000 (2018)**|
|Campus Setting||Rural fringe||Large suburb||Large city|
|Program Tuition||$14,500 (2019)**||$17,884 (2017-2018)*||$18,805 (approx. cost in 2019)**|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||52%*||65%*||N/A - information not available|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||100%*||N/A - information not available|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||70% for full-time students*||36% for full-time students*||N/A - information not available|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2014)||17%*||61%*||N/A - information not available|
Source: *NCES College Navigator; **School Website
Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Community College (BCCC) is a public college with three campus locations. Aspiring students can choose from certificate programs, associate degree programs and continuing education. Online learning is also available at BCCC. The practical nursing program is available through the Center for Allied Health, and faculty include a practical nursing director and healthcare program coordinators.
Practical Nursing Program
BCCC's practical nursing program is a 12-month program that combines classroom work with clinical experiences. Consisting of 1,530 hours, the LPN program is divided into 798 theory-based hours and 732 clinical hours, covering basic nursing, medical/surgical nursing and maternal child health.
The application process has three steps. The first step requires students to take the NLN-PN (National League for Nursing Practical Nurse) pre-entrance exam. The second step has students submitting physical exam reports, personal references, high school transcripts and letters of intent. The third step requires a 2-step PPD test, PA criminal background check and child abuse check clearance, personal interview and proof of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for health care providers certification.
Delaware County Technical School
This less-than-two-year public school is located in Morton, PA. Students can enroll in the 1500-hour program to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs).
Practical Nursing Program
This program only admits approximately 100 students each year. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Students will participate in classroom training in Broomall, PA, and they will gain clinical experience at various healthcare facilities throughout the state. Topics for this 1-year program are divided into four different levels and include anatomy and physiology, nutrition, medical-surgical nursing, mental health, pediatric nursing and gerontologic nursing.
District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund
District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund is a school committed to helping individuals improve their job skills while keeping up with advancing technologies and is affiliated with the National Union Hospital and Health Care Employees. The school offers vocational programs, computer programs, educational pathway programs and workshops.
Practical Nursing Program
This 22-month program has students attending classes two to three evenings a week and clinical experiences every other weekend during the day. In addition to having a high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfactory TEAS scores, each applicant must attend an information session, an interview and a three-week transition class. Students must pay for books, uniforms and supplies, in addition to tuition. The students may receive tuition reimbursement or scholarships.