Franklin County CTC Practical Nursing Program           (FCCTC-PNP)

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

Accepting applications for classes starting Aug 31, 2020 and Mar 8, 2021.

One Year Full-Time Program

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Capital Campaign for a New Building, Exclusively for the Program- Expanding Excellence, Transforming Lives.

Open House May 16, 2020

Expected Completion – November, 2020

We are so close to meeting our campaign goal of $500,000.  Only $85,000 is needed, three naming opportunities are available. Your donation counts – whether it is $25 or $2500.  THANK YOU in advance!

For the safety of our students and staff (due to the COVID-19 threat) – the Program has temporarily converted online/virtual instruction.  We hope to resume normal operations by early April, 2020.



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 program promotes lifelong learning.  The student will meet or exceed standards and criteria of performance that will be satisfactory to the health care employer. The graduate will be qualified to take the NCLEX-PN exam required for licensure.


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 March 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. 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:

  • 2019 – 93.33%
  • 2018 – 100.0.%
  • 2017 – 90.00%
  • 2016 – 87.50%
  • 2015 –  95.92%
  • 2014 –  95.83%
  • 2013 –  93.48%

History/Faculty Accomplishments

The Practical Nursing Program opened 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/Staff Recognition

2020      Pam Hoffeditz  completed Poster Presentation at 2020 STTI/NLN Nursing Education Research Conference in Washington, DC.  Congratulations!

2020     Chelsea Pittman is joining our faculty team – welcome!

2019     Ginger Peterson – Obtained NPD-BC certification – fantastic!

2019     Pam Hoffeditz – abstract accepted for Poster Presentation at 2020 STTI/NLN Nursing Education Research Conference.   Dr. Debora Coombs will be co-author.

2019    Ginger Peterson – Clinical and Simulation Faculty member achieved CNE credential!  Congrats!!

2019    Diane Bailey, MSN, RN, CNE recently joined the faculty team as a full time Med-Surg/Simulation educator.

2019    Ainsley Hoglund, BS joined the PNP team as our new Executive Assistant.

2019     Lisa Mentzer – Best Practices Presentation at PAPNA – The Lego Game

2019    Charter Members of the Sigma Theta Tau International Omega Eta Chapter April, 2019 – Jan Collier, Dr. Debora Coombs, Pam Hoffeditz, Ginger Peterson, Sandra Strait. Inducted – Joyce Burkholder – recently hired                as Part Time PN Faculty

2018    Debora Coombs – DNP degree conferred Dec, 2018 – Congrats Dr. Coombs!

2018 – Ginger Peterson MSN degree conferred Nov, 2018 – Congratulations!

2018 – Debora Coombs for poster presentation at NLN Summit Sept, 2018. Topic: An Intraprofessional Educational Workshop for PN and BSN Students to Promote Teamwork and Collaboration

2018 – Debora Coombs – Best Practices Presentation at PAPNA Conference May, 2018. Topic: Research and Scholarly Inquiry in Practical Nursing Education – Taking the First Step .

2018 – Pam Hoffeditz – Best Practices Presentation at PAPNA Conference May, 2018. Topic: Mental Health Focus Day: Nurse-Led Groups, Lived Experience and More.

2018 – Debora Coombs selected for poster presentation at 2018 NLN/Sigma Nursing Education Research Conference in Washington, DC.  Topic: Student Opportunity for Success SOS: An Academic Recovery Program.

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

2017 – Debora Coombs elected as Board Member of the Nursing Honor Society at Wilson College.

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

2017- Jan Collier elected President of Pennsylvania Association of Practical Nurse Administrators —

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

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

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

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

Excellence – 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

Complaint Process

Students having any complaint about the Program are encouraged to contact the Nurse Administrator by coming directly to the Practical Nursing Program Office. Other methods include:

Call 717-263-5667


Send a letter:  FCCTC PNP  2464 Loop Road Chambersburg, PA  17202

To contact ACEN (the PNP Accreditor):

Website – , see “Contact Us” for address and phone number

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
P. +1 (404) 975-5000
F. +1 (404) 975-5020

To contact the PA Dept of State Commonwealth of PA (Pennsylvania Program Authorizing Agency):  

Visit the website –

or go to  for following contact information for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Penn Center, 2601 N 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 787-8503
Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA (1-833-367-2762)
Fax: (717) 783-0510