The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology’s (EASTERN) Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare qualified individuals for a career in Practical Nursing. It is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Middle States Commission of Secondary Schools. There are full-time and part-time class options available to accommodate busy lifestyles.
The full-time program runs one-year, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The part-time program runs two years, two evenings a week from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and every other Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The next full-time class begins September 2015. The next part-time class begins October 2015.
“EASTERN’s Practical Nursing program tuition is the lowest in the Greater Philadelphia area. The need for LPNs in Pennsylvania is predicted to grow into 2025 due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the aging population,” said Carol Duell, EASTERN’s Practical Nursing Program Coordinator. Mrs. Duell has been the Practical Nursing Program Coordinator for more than eight years. Her professional experiences include administrator, educator and nurse.
The application and selection procedures are simple. All candidates are required to pass the pre-entrance Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before they can be considered for admission into the Practical Nursing program. There is one exception. Students who enroll with 30 or more college credits from an accredited school, with a 2.0 GPA or better, within the past five years, can opt out of the pre-entrance exam. Following satisfactory pre-entrance testing, the applicant must then submit the following materials in order to be considered as a candidate for the program: a completed application, an official high school transcript or GED diploma and scores, a Certificate of Preliminary Education (CPE) (required only if you are a high school graduate from a foreign country), two (2) professional letters of reference, and a $75 non-refundable application fee. Applicants with the highest pre-entrance test scores will be contacted and scheduled for an interview with the Admissions Coordinator. The admissions interview rubric is used to objectively evaluate applicants. The Practical Nursing program accepts well-rounded individuals. Passing the pre-entrance test and submitting an application does not guarantee you a seat in the class.