Need a Career Change? Apply Now for Practical Nursing Program

Register by Sat. March 8 to take pre-admission exam Sat. March 15; the full-time, one-year program starts in July and can lead to an LPN career.

For people looking to change careers or who want to enter the health care field, Bucks County Community College is accepting applicants for its Practical Nursing program. The full-time program prepares students for licensing after a year of intensive study.

The first step in the application process is to take the pre-admission exam, which will be offered once a month in early 2014.

“Practical nursing can open the door to an exciting career in health care as well as flexible and lucrative opportunities,” said Michelle Rue, director of the Practical Nursing program. “The program is perfect for those who always wanted to be a nurse, are looking for a career change, and have the passion to make a difference in someone’s life.”

The one-year, noncredit certificate program begins in July 2014. Students attend full-time, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Newtown campus or Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, while clinical training takes place at various health care facilities in Bucks County.  Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.

Potential students must first take the National League for Nursing’s pre-admission exam for Practical Nursing on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa.  The NLN-PN exam will be offered in the Testing Center at 2 p.m. (arrive at 1:15 for check-in) on  Saturday, March 15. Registration must be completed one week before the test date.

The general verbal, math and science test presumes no previous knowledge of nursing. Seating is limited for each date. A nonrefundable testing fee of $55 is due at registration. Students who achieve an acceptable overall score will be invited to complete the next phase of the admission process. 

The Practical Nursing program at Bucks has graduated more than 400 students since it began in 2002. The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. To learn more about registering for the pre-entrance exam, call 215-968-8316 or email  For more about the program, visit


Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations