Admission Procedures Phase I

Thank you for your interest in the Practical Nursing Program at Bucks County Community College.   We are currently considering candidates for our class that will begin in July, 2015. 

The Practical Nursing Program is a full-time, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-3:30pm, program that runs for twelve consecutive months beginning every July.  This is a non-credit certificate program.  Successful completion of all courses listed in the curriculum is required in order to graduate and receive your Certificate of Completion. Courses taken at another institution may not be transferred to this program.  To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a high school graduate or GED certificate holder.

There are no course prerequisites. The first step in the admission process is to take the NLN-PN Pre-entrance Examination.  This examination is a general verbal, math and science test.  It presumes no knowledge of nursing.  Every student that wishes to be considered for this program, regardless of academic background, must take this test. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you are re-testing after the 4 week wait period, please call the NLN @ 1-800-732-8656.  Be sure to specify you are taking the NLN-PN and identify your test site as Bucks County Community College.

                                                                       Registration 
Test Dates                                                      Deadline

Sat., Sept. 27, 2014                                        Sept. 19, 2014

Sat., Oct. 18, 2014                                          Oct. 10, 2014


Test Time:
  Arrive by 1:15pm on your scheduled test date in order to check-in with proctors.  Total testing and registration time generally takes 3.5-4 hours.

Test Location:  

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA  18940 
Rollins Center Room 100 (adjacent to the Cafeteria)

Campus Map:  www.bucks.edu/about/campus/newtown/map

Testing Center phone # 215-968-8466.

To Register:    

  • Go to www.nlnonlinetesting.org/pax
  • Follow registration directions to create a log-in and password, then “Visit the Registration Store” to “Register by Location”.  Select the Institution - Bucks County Community Department of Health and Nursing and select an available “Pre-Admission Examination for PN Programs”
  • Print out examination permit.
  • Arrive on the day of the exam at least 15 minutes before the scheduled exam time with examination permit and two current forms of identification. One must be a current government-issued photo identification (ex. driver's license, passport). No one will be permitted to test without proper identification

The NLN Registration Guide provides step by step instructions on how to register.  Please contact NLN Customer Service at 1-800-732-8656 or CustomerHelp@nln.org with any online registration questions or issues.                        

Test Results:  Student’s score reports will be available in your NLN account approximately 1 to 4 weeks after the exam. 

Testing Fee 

The testing fee of $65 is non-refundable for any reason. Please choose your test date carefully, as we cannot make any schedule changes.  If you are scheduled to attend on a specific test date, and do not attend, your testing fee will not be refunded and you will have to restart the registration process and pay the full fee again. Please note:  Candidates must wait 4 weeks before re-taking exam.

Preparing for the Exam 

In order to help you prepare for the pre-entrance exam, the NLN has developed a Review Guide for LPN/LVN Pre-Entrance Exam, 3rd Edition.  This guide is available in bookstores or directly through Jones & Bartlett Publishers (www.jbpub.com) 1-800-832-0034.  We strongly recommend this review book to help you prepare for the exam; however use of this guide is optional and is not mandated.

The Practical Nursing Program also offers the Review Course for the NLN-PN Pre-entrance Exam

Special Accommodations

If testing accommodations are needed as a result of a disability you will need to follow the Request for Special Testing Accommodations procedure on the NLN website.  The Disability Services Office at Bucks can also assist you if notified at least one month in advance of the test date.  The NLN requires that a National League for Nursing Special Accommodations Form, along with current documentation of disability, be submitted for their approval in order for test accommodations to be authorized.  This form can be attained at https://www.nln.org/testingservices/SON/ts_son_SpecialAccom.pdf.  The Office of Disability Services can be reached by calling 215-968-8462.

Admissions Process

The exam is the first part of a three part admission process. Students who achieve the required passing score will receive information by mail about the next phase of the admission process approximately 2 to 3 weeks after exam scores are available. 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for the Practical Nursing Program to those who qualify. Prospective students may apply for financial aid via the Internet through the following website: www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Our school code is 003239.  To obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) go online at www.pin.ed.gov.

Additional Information

Information regarding tuition, expenses, curriculum, admission procedures and other frequently asked questions can be found on www.bucks.edu/practical.  For additional questions, please email us at pnursing@bucks.edu.

There is a possibility of a test date being cancelled due to low registrations.  Registrations will be moved to next available test date.

Good luck on your exam and we look forward to working with you as you pursue your nursing career!

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