You can become a part of the change needed in healthcare with a Practical Nurse Certificate from Carlow University. In just 16 months, you will be immersed in a nursing education that includes clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Direct patient care, community engagement and cultural experiences are integral to the program, as students will have the opportunity to explore intellectual endeavors, responding ethically and compassionately to diverse communities.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX) PN in Pennsylvania.

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Time to Completion:

As few as 16 months


On campus

The Practical Nurse Certificate Program serves as the ideal foundational model for a career-building pathway in the healthcare field. The Practical Nurse Curriculum provides an environment that enhances the creativity of the learner who contributes freely as a valued team member. Various clinical and non-clinical-based projects and learning modalities will be incorporated into the educational model.

Quick Facts

  • After completing the program, students will be able to provide competent, holistic care by applying relevant knowledge and skills needed to meet the needs of the patient.
  • The Pittsburgh metropolitan region is the state’s second largest employer of LPN’s accounting for 5,700 employed LPN’s.
  • On-campus facilities include classroom settings, biology labs, nursing skills lab, and nursing simulation lab

Career Opportunities for Practical Nurse Certificate Program

Students who graduate from the program will be career ready and prepared to practice in healthcare settings that include long-term care, home care, rehabilitation facilities, physician offices, and community agencies.

By the year 2030 PA is expected to have a deficit of 18 ,700 FTE LPN’s.

75 Years of Nursing Excellence

75 Years, Carlow University’s School of Nursing has been dedicated to educating and empowering nurses who make a significant impact on healthcare as clinicians, educators, leaders, and researchers. As we look to the future, Carlow University remains devoted to creating ethical leaders who strive to build a more just and merciful world.

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutionsyou’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


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If you are interested in this certificate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

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