Practical Nursing

CIP CODE 51.3901

Program Overview:

Practical Nursing is a three semester program to prepare graduates to enter the field of nursing in an entry level staff role. After completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the Practical Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX-PN).

The education program is 12 months with a total of 1,500 clock hours. Classes and clinical experience are typically scheduled in a 4 day/week schedule for full-time and 2 day/week for part time (24 months). The student is responsible for personal living accommodations and transportation.

Applications are accepted yearly on an ongoing basis until the program is full. Upon completion of application, pre-entrance testing, receipt of education record and interview, a preliminary offer for admission can be made. Admission is finalized with the receipt of satisfactory entrance requirement documentation .

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The nursing program reserves the right to request additional testing and/or academic data deemed necessary to make a determination of aptitude for nursing.

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Practical Nursing Program Catalog

Program Start Dates:

Full Time- August (each year)

Part Time- March (Odd years 2025,2027 etc.)

The Practical Nursing program is based on strong theory (670 hours), clinical component (830 hours), and commitment to excellence. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Students have clinical experience at acute, community, and long-term care settings.

Specific course curriculum and program policies can be found in the CCCTC Practical Nursing Student Handbook below.

Prior to entering CCCTC Practical Nursing, we highly recommend taking Medical Terminology, and Anatomy and Physiology through CCCTC Online Continuing Education.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Hospitals
  • Home Health
  • Ambulatory Care Clinics
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Schools
  • Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Prisons
  • Private Duty
  • Hospice
  • Dental Offices

Salary Information:

Starting salaries range $15.00-$23.00/hourly.

Admission Requirements:

Satisfactory official transcript from an accredited secondary school, or a GED certificate. Good oral and written communication skills are essential. Satisfactory physical, immunization history, drug screening, Pennsylvania criminal record check, child abuse and FBI clearances  is required upon acceptance.  Negative drug screening is required during program.  Applicant must have adequate sensory and psychomotor functioning to effectively implement nurse care. A student must be able to tolerate physical taxing activities and exercise restraint during stressful situations in order to meet the demands of the program. Adequate cognitive functioning as evidenced by satisfactory results on pre-entrance test required. An interview is also required. Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to graduating from the program.

Program Tuition and Fees:


Tuition and Fees:

$18,300.00- includes books and student fees 

Estimated expenses not included in tuition:  
Acceptance Fee – $100.00   
Pre-Entrance Testing Fee $75.00  
Uniforms $250.00
Immunizations – $200.00
Licensing Fees $235.00
Physical Exam – $75.00
Drug Testing – $75.00
Clearances – $60.00
Clinical Lab Fee-$100.00
Technology Fee-$300.00
Temporary Practice Permit if desired-$70.00


1500 hours

FULL-TIME-12 months

PART-TIME-24 months

Start Date:

August Full time

March  Part time (odd years)


FULL-TIME:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Class Days 7:30 am-4:00 pm 

Clinical Days 6:15 am-2:45 PM

PART-TIME:  Mondays and Wednesdays

Class Days 7:30-4:00 pm

Clinical Days 6:15 am-2:45 pm

Financial Aid:

Clearfield County Career and Technology Center’s Practical Nursing Program is a participant in PELL Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and other local funding agencies. Funding varies depending on income and family size. You will be required to fill out a Financial Aid Free Student Application (FAFSA) by visiting the website at CCCTC has partnered with Penn Highlands who is offering FREE tuition. Call the Practical Nursing program 814-814-765-4047 to find out more! The school code is 015422. Call our financial aid office at 765-5308 for more information. For more information regarding financial aid see the CCCTC Financial Aid Handbook.

Contact Information:

Nursing Program Director:
Tonya Saggese, MSN, RN
Program Information:
Heather Williams
Financial Aid:
Kristen Gallaher, CCCTC Adult Education Assistant,
Debra A. Woodcock, Director of Financial Aid,
Matt Brown, Financial Aid Coordinator,


The Clearfield County Career & Technology Center has not student resident housing.

Practical Nursing Graduates Transcript Request: 

As of July 1, 2018 a $5.00 processing fee will be charged for Practical Nursing Transcripts.

Graduates may request academic transcripts using the Practical Nursing Transcript Request Form.  Please mail the required $5.00 fee and the form to the following address:

Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
Practical Nursing Program
1620 River Road
Clearfield, PA 16830

The Practical Nursing Program at Clearfield County Career and Technology Center located in Clearfield, Pennsylvania is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.