Practical Nursing Program Overview

The Practical Nursing program will prepare students by giving them the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide nursing care and to begin a successful career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

The program will focus on providing patient care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses while practicing ethical, moral principles and standards of practice that are specific to the LPN.

Students learn concepts including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pediatrics, maternal/newborn nursing, and mental health nursing. Students also learn skills such as how to administer medication, gathering vital signs, and cardiac care.

The program includes clinical rotations in which students will get clinical experience in hospitals, specialty clinics, daycare settings, long-term care facilities, physician offices, residential facilities, and home health care settings.

The Practical Nursing program at Great Lakes Institute of Technology is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The program is in Provisional Approval status.

TEAS Entrance Exam

Students are required to take the TEAS entrance exam to enroll in the Practical Nursing program. A score of 40.7 or higher must be achieved. Great Lakes can accept scores from previously taken exams but must have been taken within one year of enrollment.

Practical Nursing Course Listing

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Leadership and Career Success
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Fundamentals of Nursing I
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Nursing I
  • Practical Nursing I
  • Fundamentals of Nursing II
  • Fundamental of Nursing Lab II
  • Practical Nursing Rotation I
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Practical Nursing II
  • Pharmacology for Nursing II
  • Practical Nursing Rotation II
  • Maternal/Newborn Nursing
  • Practical Nursing III Lab
  • Critical Thinking Skills in Nursing
  • Practical Nursing Rotation III
  • NCLEX Certification Review
  • Prioritizing and Pt Assignment
  • Practical Nursing Rotation V

Experienced Instructors

All the instructors at Great Lakes have years of experience working in the field. In fact many instructors continue to work in the field while also teaching at Great Lakes.

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

We offer job placement assistance to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated. If you find yourself out of work years down the road, feel free contact our Career Services department for assistance.

Nationally Accredited School

Great Lakes is nationally accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In 2017, the last year eligible, Great Lakes was named a School of Excellence by ACCSC for rigorous adherence to their educational standards.

Practical Nursing Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of recent job placement sites where graduates of the program found employment.

Nursing Licensure

Graduates of this LPN program in Pennsylvania are trained and eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Once passing the exam, graduates may apply for licensure to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In Pennsylvania, graduates are not permitted to work as a Practical Nurse without a valid PA license. The school cannot guarantee licensure or certification.

Graduate Testimonials

Jessica Kuroda, LPN

Presbyterian Homes

“What I liked about the Great Lakes nursing program is they prepared me to take my boards and taught me so much in such a short period of time. I walked away learning how to be a strong nurse. My instructors were very supportive.”

Jauntel Mason, LPN

Twinbrook Medical Center

“I think the LPN program at Great Lakes Institute of Technology is great. I like the experience that I was given and the time that the teachers took to help us after hours when we needed it.”

Great Lakes By The Numbers

Over 50 Years Educating Residents of NWPA
Over 20,000 Students Educated

Financial Aid Available

We understand that furthering your education in pursuit of a new career is a costly investment. Great Lakes offers financial aid to those that qualify. Our dedicated financial aid advisors will cover all funding options with you, including grants, scholarships, state, and federal aid.