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Information Session for Practical Nursing Program

The Office of Continuing Education will hold an information session for its Practical Nursing Program on Monday, September 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in room 145 of the Thun Library. This session will provide information on how students can earn their Practical Nursing certificate in as little as 18 months at Penn State Berks.

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 takes place primarily at The Reading Hospital, with The Phoebe Village, an adult retirement and care facility in Wernersville and Spruce Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Wyomissing, serving as secondary clinical sites.
 
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. Students will receive a solid foundation in nursing, and those who choose to continue their education may be able to receive credit for their Practical Nursing training, depending on the requirements of the program in which they enroll.
 
The Practical Nurse Program is non-credit and it is priced competitively; program costs cover program instruction, books, uniforms, shoes, and nursing supplies.
 
For more information about the Practical Nurse Program or to register for the information session, contact Elaine Berish, Continuing Education Area Representative, at 610-396-6230 or via e-mail at emb1@psu.edu .
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