Course of Study Overview

  • The Chester County Intermediate Unit Practical Nursing Program consists of 1,500 hours of study with new classes starting a minimum of twice each year. The total hours are broken up into four levels, each equating to 375 hours in length. Each level consists of individual courses that stress the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Each course must be completed successfully and in sequence with any emergency closures (e.g. weather-related closures) made up.

    Clinical experience is concurrent and sequential with classroom instruction through the cooperation of local clinical site affiliation agreements held with the following sites amongst others: Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, Tower Health Phoenixville Hospital, ACCELerate + Rehab in Exton, Barclay Friends, Bayada, Freedom Village, Jenners Pond, Kendal Crosslands, Pocopson Home, Recovery Centers of America and community clinical care experiences. Facilities represent various levels of care including acute care, sub-acute care, skilled care, home care and community based experiences.


Level 1 (375 Hours)

  • Fundamentals of Nursing

  • Pharmacology

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Foundations in Nursing Education

Level 2 (375 hours)

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing I

Level 3 (375 hours)

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing II

  • Maternal and Child Health Nursing

Level 4 (375 hours)

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing III

  • Issues in Nursing Practice

  • I.V. Therapy