The Chester County Intermediate Unit Practical Nursing Program (PNP) is a post-secondary program that prepares you to pass the NCLEX-PN: National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, allowing you a faster entry into the nursing profession and opportunities for future growth and education in the field.
The following are just some quick highlights of the program, but we welcome you to explore this site for additional information or contact us directly at 484-593-5950.
Discover the advantages of the Practical Nursing Program:
Flexible scheduling options
Full-time and part-time scheduling is available allowing you the ability to select the program that best meets your current needs.
PNP is fully accredited* and recognized as a high quality program providing you with the support you need to obtain your first nursing job and/or continue your nursing education.
All of PNP’s teachers have nursing degrees and years of experience in the field enabling them to share what they’ve learned and relate classroom subjects to real clinical issues.
Focused on the individual
You won’t be just a number here at PNP! Class sizes are small with lots of one-on-one instruction provided, plus the option to request tutoring.
While classroom instruction remains part of the program, you’ll begin clinical rotations very early in the program (Level 1). By the end of the program, you will have earned over 700 hours of clinical and lab experience in areas such as maternity, mental health, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, gerontology and rehabilitation. All of which is done in collaboration with health care partners, such as Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, Brandywine Hospital, Pocopson Home, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Kendal Crosslands Retirement Community and multiple community care organizations.
High job placement
Virtually all PNP graduates seeking employment find job placements in Chester County and the surrounding area within a few months of passing their licensing exam. Your job search is assisted by your clinical rotations, as well as the opportunity to attend two on-site job fairs each year.
Smooth transition to RN degree
With the experience and salary now earned as an LPN, the path for those who choose to become a Registered Nurse (RN) is made even easier as PNP credit toward completion of an RN program is available at a number of local colleges and nursing programs.
- The Chester County Intermediate Unit Practical Nursing Program NCLEX-PN pass rate for October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017 was 97.96%.
- The fall full-time retention rate is 78% and the part-time evening program retention rate is 68% (Source IPEDS).
- Forty-five students graduated during 2016-2017. Of the 52, 41 completed the graduate survey. 100% indicated they were employed as LPNs. Of the 41, two graduates indicated that they have enrolled in an RN program.
*The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education (ACEN) (formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.