What is a Licensed Practical Nurse?
A Licensed Practical Nurse is an important member of the health care team who provides patient care under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, a physician or dentist.
Where does a Licensed Practical Nurse Work?
- Nursing Homes
- Doctors' Offices and Clinics
- Home Health Care
- Private Duty
Course of Study
The nursing program is one academic year (1,505 clock hours) in length. The school-year begins in August and finishes in June of the following year. Approximately 50% of the time is spent in clinical practice and 50% in the classroom. Clinical experience is received at several local health care facilities and in our state of the art simulation laboratory! Graduates are eligible to take the State Board of Nursing Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses.
You will learn:
- Nursing concepts and skills
- Body structure and function
- Medical/ Surgical nursing
- Nursing of mothers and children
- Psychiatric nursing
- Vocational and employment skills
How will I know if I would like Practical Nursing?
Successful Practical Nursing students should possess character skills including, but not limited to, communication, flexibility, attention to detail as well as the ability to relate to people in a caring manner.
- High School Transcript indicating completion of a high school course of study or a GED
- Physical Examination attesting to your ability to perform program standards
- Completion of all of the application steps
- Act 34 clearance free of prohibitive offenses
- Act 151 free of offenses
-FBI clearance free of prohibitive offenses
* Final acceptance is contingent upon a physical examination stating that the applicant is able to undertake the training of this program and a criminal record background that does not contain prohibitive offenses.
- Submit an application and 2 references (on our reference forms)
- Request your high school to submit to us an "official transcript" or submit a copy of your GED
- Take our pre-entrance examination
- Complete a personal interview
How can I afford it?
Tuition for 2017-18 school year is $13,840.
There are additional costs for books, fees, uniforms, supplies and insurance (detailed pricing provided at new student orientation or upon request).
Many students enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program are eligible for financial aid programs such as PELL grants and Direct loans.
Call our financial aid officer at (814) 493-6591 for additional information.
About the Practical Nursing Program at the Technology Center
The Venango Technology Center Practical Nursing Program was founded in July of 1966 and was originally operated by the Oil City Area School District. In July of 1968, responsibility for the Practical Nursing Program was transferred to the Venango Technology Center (formerly the Venango County Area Vocational-Technical School). The Oil City Campus continues to operate at this facility. A Warren Campus began in August of 2009 and operates in the Warren-Forest Higher Education Council (Hi-Ed) Building located on the Warren State Hospital grounds.
Accreditation Status and Approval
The Practical Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is provisionally approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The ACEN serves as a resource for information regarding required tuition, fees and length of program: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. The ACEN's telephone number is (404) 975-5000.
The Venango Technology Center adheres to the refund policies required of schools participating in Federal Student Aid (Title IV) Programs. A description of the refund policies may be found in the student handbook of the Practical Nursing Program.
The Venango Technology Center is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap/disability, age, veteran status, or limited English proficiency in its programs or activities. It complies with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact the Director or Student Services Coordinator.
Venango Technology Center Practical Nursing Program Policies
Venango Technology Center Practical Nursing Program policies are available for review upon request.
Distance Education Policy