Franklin County Practical Nursing Program           (FCCTC-PNP)

Be transformed into a highly valued thinking nurse with our innovative curriculum!

Accepting applications for classes starting Feb 19, 2018 and Aug 20, 2018.

One Year Full-Time Program

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The Mission of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center Practical Nursing Program is to educate and prepare adult learners to competently and safely practice as an entry level licensed practical nurse.


The Franklin County Career and Technology Center Practical Nursing Program will be the premier Practical Nursing Program in Pennsylvania providing a dynamic instructional program that is evidence-based and aligned with current practice.


The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is an integral member of the health care team. LPNs, working under the direction of a licensed professional nurse (RN), physician, or dentist, provide nursing care to clients.

Take the Step Towards a Better Future!

Become a licensed LPN from the Franklin County Career and Technology Center Practical Nursing Program.

Reasons to Consider Admission

The Practical Nursing Program, affiliated with the CareerTech, is a rigorous, high quality, high value one-year full time program. This program has a consistent record of success in providing challenging theoretical and clinical learning experiences to prepare the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for nursing practice and to successfully pass the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. A passing score on the exam results in licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. More importantly the student is prepared to competently enter post-licensure practice at the advanced beginner level. The student is guided by expert nurse educators who have strong clinical and educational backgrounds.

The program has an outstanding record in licensure exam pass rates and job placement. Employers report great satisfaction with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the PNP graduate in assuming an entry level position. Program graduate surveys consistently reflect high satisfaction with the quality of instruction and preparation for practice. Graduates attribute their success in becoming an LPN to the mentorship of the program’s nurse educators, the rigorous curriculum, and the wide variety of clinical experiences. ACEN accreditation reflects program excellence. Less than 20% of PN programs are accredited by a national nursing accreditor in the United States!

Two classes are enrolled each year beginning in either February or August. Students attend class or clinical during the day Monday through Thursday. Upon completion of the 1,540 hours of the program, as approved by the State Board of Nursing, the student will receive a diploma at graduation. NEW – Attend only 4 days a week! Less commuting, more time for study!

Licensure Exam Pass Rate/Program Outcomes

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Reports that the first time pass rates for the licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) are as follows:

  • 2017 – 90.00%
  • 2016 – 87.50%
  • 2015 –  95.92%
  • 2014 –  95.83%
  • 2013 –  93.48%

History/Faculty Accomplishments

The Practical Nursing Program started in September 1958, under the sponsorship and direction of the Chambersburg Area Joint School Board as a part of its adult education program. The program has undergone several changes of administration and currently is under the direction of CareerTech.

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the course provides an inexpensive educational program for a lifetime career.

Faculty Recognition

2017 -Pam Hoffeditz obtained CNE certification.  Only 2% of PN Faculty have this certification nationally.

2017 – Deb Ramer – Celebrating 25 years of teaching for the PN Program –        Thank you!

2017 – Jan Collier, Deborah Coombs, and Pam Hoffeditz inducted into the Nursing Honor Society at Wilson College.

2016 – Lisa Mentzer – celebrating 25 years of teaching for the PN Program. Thank you!

2016 – Debora Coombs – Poster Presentation on the YES Program (Your Educational Success) at NLN/STTI Nursing Education Research Conference.

2015 – Pam Hoffeditz – PAPNA Best Practices – First Place for Pediatric Simulation

2015 – Debbie Coombs and Jan Collier obtained CNE certification.  Only 2% of PN Faculty have this certification nationally.

2015 – Lisa Mentzer – Finished Marine Corp Marathon – 5:41:04. – Congrats!

2015 – Carol Kearns – Celebrating 30 years of service to the PN Program.  Thank you!

2014 – Debbie Coombs, Faye Gaugler, Pam Hoffeditz, Lisa Mentzer, Deb Ramer – Innovative Curriculum Development

2013 – Faye Gaugler – PAPNA Educator of the Year

Accreditation/Program Outcomes and Success Measures

The Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing, Inc. has granted full accreditation to this program through 2018, ensuring a quality education for our students. For further information contact: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Address: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Fax: 404.975.5020

Program Outcomes and Success Measures

Program Approvals

The Program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program has been approved by the Veteran’s Administration for more than 20 years.

Core Values


Promoting health, healing, and hope in response to the human condition


Respecting the dignity and moral wholeness of every person without conditions or limitation


Affirming the uniqueness of an differences among persons, ideas, values, and ethnicities


Co-creating and implementing transformative strategies and daring ingenuity

Adopted from the National League for Nursing, Inc.

Joining Forces

The program aligned with the Joining Forces initiative with other nursing programs throughout the United States. We have committed to educating our future nurses to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families.

Joining Forces - Franklin County LPN