Part of the Application Process is the Entrance Examination which is scheduled for 9:00 A.M. on the designated days in the Practical Nursing Department.  The Examination is offered year-round.

There is an Application Fee of $50.00 which covers the cost of the Entrance Examination and the Application. Payment should be returned with the Application and paid by cash, credit/debit card, personal check, or money order made payable to the Practical Nursing Program. The Application Fee is non-refundable.

In addition to the Entrance Examination, the following materials are required to be considered for admission:

  • An Official High School Transcript (grades 10, 11, and 12) with the school seal affixed mailed to the Practical Nursing Program by your high school Guidance Department.
  • If you did not graduate, a copy of your G.E.D. Diploma and Scores from the Department of Education from the State in which you took the G.E.D. test is required.
  • All applicants must not have any felony convictions on file.
  • All ESL (English as a Second Language) students are required to successfully complete the TOEFL Exam (
  • Two (2) professional references.
  • Good physical and emotional health, as determined by the required medical physical examination.
  • State Police, FBI and Child Abuse Clearances.
  • Pre-Entrance Interview with Practical Nursing Coordinator or Instructor if deemed necessary.

Additional materials and information may be requested.


The Practical Nursing Program of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center does not discriminate against individuals with special needs. If an applicant/student has a medical, physical, or learning impairment, the individual should provide the appropriate documentation to the Director of the Practical Nursing Program. This information will not be used in any way to determine your qualifications for admission into the Practical Nursing Program. All information provided is voluntary, and will remain confidential and used only by the Practical Nursing Program in order to make accommodations to meet the individual’s special need.
It must be noted, however, that the National Council on State Boards of Nursing identifies specific attributes/activities that are essential to function as a nurse. The prospective student is referred to in the Student Handbook for a list of these attributes.

  If you have any questions, please call the Practical Nursing Department at (570) 822-6539, and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you for your interest in the PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center.

  The Wilkes-Barre Career & Technical Center Practical Nursing Program is fully accredited by the PA State Board of Nursing and  accredited by ACEN.


The Practical Nursing Program of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center is approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education for participation in Financial Aid Programs. Financial Aid, available for qualified applicants, is available via the PELL Grant Program, Federal Direct Loans. Aid is based on need, which is calculated by the Financial Aid Officer of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center. Financial Need has no bearing on admission to the Practical Nursing Program of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center. For more information, please contact:

Mrs. Suzie Morgan, Financial Aid Advisor
(570)822-6539, EXT. 271

FAX (570)829-5013


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Level I

Tuition                           $4,500.00
Simulation & Lab Fees $  600.00
Student General Fee $  550.00
Technology Fee $  400.00
Supplies $  850.00

Level II


Technology Fee 



$   350.00


Level III


Technology Fee                        


$  350.00


Level IV

Tuition                           $4,500.00
Fees $  600.00

 Technology Fee


$  350.00


GRAND TOTAL                $22,050.00

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

Books and school uniforms will be the responsibility of the students.
Costs are subject to change.

It is recommended that ESL (English as second language) students successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam prior to starting the Practical Nursing Program.  This Test is the responsibility of the student applicant.  The Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, Practical Nursing Program Institutional Code for the TOEFL Exam is 0062.  All other information may be obtained on-line at

The application fee of $50.00 covers both application and testing costs. The Arnett Development Corporation Diagnostic Entrance Test is 148 questions divided into two major parts: English and Math. A minimum score of 50% in each major section is required for entrance in the Practical Nursing Program.

Entrance Exam Assistance

The Adult Learners' Training and Assistance Program offered at LCCC will help you prepare for the nursing entrance test at NO COST TO YOU. You will gain the valuable skills you need to make a successful transition into the nursing field. Areas covered include reading comprehension, mathematics, study, note taking and test taking skills. Please contact Kimberly Gavlick, Program Coordinator, for more details; 1-800-377-5222 x394.

Suggested Books for LPN Entrance Examination Preparation:

Review Guide for LPN/LVN Pre-entrance Exam
Author: Mary McDonald
ISBN: 076371061X

Nursing School & Allied Health Entrance Exams
Author: Marion Gooding
Publisher: Arco
ISBN: 0768911958

How to Prepare for the Nursing School Entrance Exams
Author: Corrine Grimes, Sandra S. Swick
Publisher: Barrons
ISBN: 0764103385

Pre-Nursing Reviews in Arithmetic
Author: Mary Stehman
ISBN: 0803681402

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Plains Township PA 18705
Phone: 570-822-6539
Fax: 570-829-5013