If interested in scheduling pre-admission
testing for an incoming class,
call the PN Depatment for details.
The expected start date for the next class is January 2023.
(Refer to the Handbook for a complete list of admission requirements)
The Hazleton Area Career Center Practical Nursing program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, natural origin, gender or hardship for program admission.
1. Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).
2. Applicants must take a Pre-entrance PSB Aptitude Test and achieve an
average/above average score in each of the following areas:
Academic Aptitude; Spelling; Natural Science;
Judgment and Comprehension in Practical Nursing Situations;
To review for the pre-entrance testing go to the following
PSB Aptitude Test Sample
To request a sample of the PSB Aptitude Test
call (570-459-3221 ext. 82407) or
"PSB" Practical Nursing Exam Secrets Study Guide"
(This study guide is a good resource for taking the test. The link below is provided as a sample of the book. You may order this book at the place of your choice.)
3. A complete physical, immunizations, 10 panel drug screen, and eye examination.
4. Three (3) professional references.
5. An FBI check is required for residents who reside in Pennsylvania less
than 2 years prior to the date of admission or a Pennsylvania State Police
Clearance for residents of Pennsylvania longer than two (2) years
prior to admission. See General Clearance Background information for
additional clearances are required.
6. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing shall not issue a license
certificate to an applicant who has been:
Convicted* of a felonious Act prohibited by the Act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64) known as "The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act" or Convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless:
At least ten (10) years have lapsed from the date of the conviction;
The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure should not create a substantial risk for further violations;
and the applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in this act.
A person convicted of any felonious act may be prohibited from licensure by the Board of Nursing at any time.
*Convicted includes a judgment, an admission of guilt or a plea of nolo contendere.