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Berks holds first Practical Nursing Program Graduation

Penn State Berks will hold its first Practical Nursing Program graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. The first class of 22 students will receive their Practical Nursing certificate during the ceremony. Dr. Susan Phillips Speece, Chancellor of Penn State Berks, will be the keynote speaker.

The first nursing class is a diverse and multi-talented pool of individuals. Many have worked for number of years in elder care, some are making a complete career change, and others are just beginning their education. While their stories may be different, they all share one common denominator: caring about people.

The college, in partnership with The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, launched the new part-time evening and weekend Practical Nursing Program in January 2009. The program is unique from other nursing programs in Berks County because it is the only one in which participants do not have to give up their day jobs: they attend class three evenings a week, as well as every other weekend, and achieve their dream of becoming a nurse in just 18 months.

The college's partnership with The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in January 2008, provides tremendous opportunity to the students. Clinical work took place primarily at The Reading Hospital, with The Phoebe Village, an adult retirement and care facility in Wernersville, serving as a secondary clinical site.

The State Board of Nursing approved the Penn State Berks Practical Nursing Program as a satellite of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Practical Nursing Program. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) for state licensure. Graduate students interested in continuing toward their Registered Nursing diploma may be able to challenge courses at The Reading Hospital's School of Nursing for advanced placement.

The Practical Nurse Program is non-credit and it is priced competitively; program costs include instruction, books, uniforms, shoes, nursing supplies, and malpractice insurance. For more information about the Practical Nurse Program, contact Elaine Berish, Continuing Education Area Representative, at 610-396-6230 or via e-mail at emb1@psu.edu.
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