Program Costs

The student is responsible for the cost of tuition, acceptance/supplies/technology fee, uniforms, textbooks, analog wrist watch with second hand, socks, uniform shoes, stethoscope, laptop computer, school supplies, and incidentals. Transportation, health insurance, medical expenses, meals, living accommodations, and personal clothing are also the responsibility of the student. Accepted students are required to have an email address. All fees stated below are non-refundable. There is no on-campus living space available for students.

In State

$ 15350

for one year program
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Out of State

$ 17,350

for one year program
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Items marked with an * are approximations. Actual costs may vary.

Application Fee (includes Admission Test) - $90

Submit Application Fee with the application. This fee includes the cost of the pre-entrance Aptitude for the Practical Nursing exam and a PA State Criminal History Record Check. See “Admissions” page to download an application.

Aptitude for Practical Nursing Exam (Retake) Fee – $40

Applicants may retake the pre-entrance exam one time in a one year period if a passing score is not achieved.  To schedule a exam retake, submit a letter requesting the opportunity to retake the Admission Test and include the $40 fee. The fee must be paid to schedule the repeat test session.

Acceptance / Supplies / Technology Fee -$400 (subject to change)

This is the only fee charged to the applicant when accepting admission offer. This fee secures a seat in the class requested and covers the cost of clinical liability insurance, bandage scissors, name badge, parking tag, supplies used in the skills lab, YES – Your Educational Success Course (student preparation for success in nursing education), standardized testing materials, computer lab fee, and graduation costs. These fees are non-refundable.  If the student  withdraws from the program and reenters within 6 months, the fee may be eligible for transfer to the new class.

Tuition for 2019-20 – Instate $15350, Out of state $17350

Tuition may be paid in full prior to starting the program OR the student may opt to pay tuition according to the schedule below. There is one academic year – 50 weeks.  However the tuition is paid according to two enrollment periods. This is set up to allow adequate availability of financial aid.

First enrollment period – includes Level I through Level IV. There are two tuition payments in this enrollment period.

In State Students – The first tuition payment, $5114.00, is due one month prior to starting the program. The second payment, $5114.00, is due at the midway point of the first enrollment period.

Out of State Students – Two tuition payments of $5780.00/payment.

 Second Enrollment period –  includes Level V and VI.

In State Students – The third tuition payment, $2561.00, is due prior to starting Level V. The final tuition payment, $2561.00, is due prior to starting Level VI.

Out of State Students – Two Tuition payments of $2895.00/payment.

Books and Online Learning Resources – approximately $850

A textbook and online learning resource list and instructions for ordering will be provided on the program’s orientation day. Students are responsible to have current editions of textbooks and online resources by the first day of the program.

Clinical and Business Attire Uniforms – approximately $100 – 150

Students are required to wear the clinical uniform in skills lab and in most clinical areas. Uniform information about the type of uniform and how to purchase is provided at the Program Orientation. Students are required to purchase a minimum of two uniforms prior to starting the program. Uniform tops and pants may not be returnable – check with the company about the return policy.
A business attire uniform is also required. This includes a navy blue polo shirt with school logo and Cherokee brand, khaki colored scrub pants. The Program requires a minimum purchase of one uniform set.  Students enrolled recommend purchase of 2-3 pants and top.

Uniform Accessories – approximately $150

Uniform Accessories required with both types of uniforms include:
-Stethoscope – recommend $35 – 50 price range, less expensive may not be durable
-Uniform Shoes – all black, solid color, any logo must be black, material – leather, vinyl, or plastic, comfortable, may wear sneaker.  Approximate cost $40 – 120.  NOT allowed – clogs, canvas, suede, any show material design with holes.
-Watch with a second hand (analog only, no digital or “smart” watches) – $10 – $40
-Black ink pen, note pad – $1 – 10

Preparation for Clinical Experiences - approximately $400 (Cost varies by student insurance coverage)

To prepare for clinical experiences, the student must submit current documents prior to starting the Program. Costs for exams, immunizations or titers, and screening vary by student insurance coverage.  Below are the current requirements:
Proof of Health
-Physical Exam (current within 6 months of start of program)
-Immunizations – Proof of immunizations or titer within one year of start of program.  Includes Hepatitis B (series of 3), Tetanus (within 10 years),  Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (series of 2 each)
-Drug Screen – $40 for 5 panel urine, if positive result may cost additionally for further analysis
-Dental Exam – approx $50, dental work not required, but is recommended, to be completed by admission
CPR Certification
-CPR Certification – American Heart Association or American Red Cross Basic Life Support – $50 +, depends on provider offering course.
Criminal Background Clearances
PA State Criminal History Record Clearance (cost included in application)
FBI Clearance – $22.60
Child Abuse Clearance -$8
Prices are subject to change.

Math Review Course – $60 - 240 (depends of # of students enrolled)

Required for accepted students with low math scores on the Aptitude Exam. All applicants and enrolled students are welcome to attend. Call for scheduled class dates. The Math Course is 4 sessions, 2 hours each session.  The session topics include review of fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, averaging, and word problems.  A written math test will be given on the last session.  A 75% or higher score must be achieved to get a certificate.

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Medical Terminology Course - highly recommended - FCCTC Adult Ed Course - $225 + textbook, other options.

Required to enter Practical Nursing Program if not passing Medical Terminology Challenge Test during Admission Testing. Recommended for anyone considering employment in any health care program. A Med Term course is offered by the FCCTC Adult Education Office – 717-263-9033 x 227.  Call for current cost.

For an online course option, call the PN Program office.  The online course is offered through Wilson College.  Call for current cost.

Students may choose any school offering 3 or more college credit course.  Course should be current within last 5 years.  Highly recommended for all incoming students for best success in the PN Program.

Transfer/Readmission Fees

Transfer Fee – $100   For students who were admitted to the Program, attended orientation, and then requested transfer to the next class.  The student may request transfer one time from the original acceptance.


Readmission Costs

Readmission Fee – $100    For students leaving the Program, after starting, and requesting readmission. Requests for readmission are processed on a case-by-case basis. Readmission is not guaranteed.

Knowledge Competency Testing – $30 per test    For students requesting readmission to the Program who have previously completed PN courses successfully.

Skills Competency Evaluation – $100  For students requesting readmission to the Program who have previously complete PN courses successfully.

Documentation Updates for Readmitted Students – $120 +   This cost varies based on student health insurance and status of required documents.  Documents that may require updates include Physical Exam, Immunizations, Tuberculosis Screening and PPD, Influenza Vaccine, PA State Police Background Check ($22.60), FBI Clearance ($22.50), Child Abuse Clearance ($8), CPR ($50 – 80), Chambersburg Hospital Clinical Privileges (no cost).  Prices are subject to change.

Textbook/Uniform Costs for readmission (cost varies) – readmitted student agrees to purchase required textbook editions, extend or renew access to online resources, purchase new uniforms and accessories as required by the Cohort Student Handbook and Orientation Materials.

Advanced Standing Costs - varies

The student admitted for advanced standing is responsible for the following costs:

Application Fee – $90

Competency Testing – $25 per test for course seeking advanced standing

Skills Competency Demonstration – $100

Preparation for Clinical Experiences (costs same as for newly admitted student) – see tab above


Miscellaneous Fees - varies according to need/incident

The following Miscellaneous Fees vary by student/graduate request:

Entrance Exam Retake – $40

Transcript Request Fee – $5

Forms Request Fee – $5

Returned Check Program Fee – $50

Returned Check Bank Fee – $35 (can vary)

Copy – $0.30 per copy

Additional Print Copies ($10 for 150, $20 for 300, $24 for 400)

Credit Card Usage Convenience Fee – 3% of transaction charged

Class/Clinical/Skills Lab Required Make- Up time – $50/hr

Library Book (Lost or Damaged) – replacement cost

Gainful Employment

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Technology Requirement - Laptop - cost varies, estimated $250 - $1000

A laptop computer is required to access online resources and complete online testing when in the classroom.  Tablets are allowed for use in the classroom, cellphone use in the classroom is not allowed.  Some required resources may not be suitable for the tablet or the phone.

Minimum requirements on the laptop (do not recommend a Chromebook):

  • Wireless Capability
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit CPU, 2 GB for 64-bit processor or higher
  • Browsers: Google Chrome 49+, Firefox 44.0+, Safari 9.0+, Internet Explorer 11.0,

Microsoft Edge 25+ (Macintosh users: Google Chrome recommended)

  • Broadband Connection with 1 Mbps or higher
  • Video Card: At least 64MB of video memory
  • Sound Card: At least 64-bit
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0+ plug-in
  • Adobe Reader 9.0+
  • Adobe Shockwave
  • Cookies and JavaScript must be enabled
  • Disable pop-up blockers Macintosh
  • Platform: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion) or higher with latest updates installed
  • Processor: 1.83 Intel Core Duo, i5, i7, or faster PC-Compatible
  • Platform: Windows 10 or higher with latest updates installed
  • Processor: 1.83 Intel Core Duo, i5, i7, or faster iPad
  • Versions: iPad 2+, iPad Air+, iPad Mini 2+, iPad Pro
  • iOS: 9.0 or higher with latest updates installed

as of 11/18

The Program participates in the US Dept. of Education Direct Loan Program, which offers Federal Direct Loans and Pell Grants for eligible students. Students desiring financial aid must attend a Financial Aid Workshop to determine eligibility and understand responsibilities regarding loan management. All students should carefully consider his/her financial resources to pay for this education and are encouraged to borrow the minimum amount of loan money needed. All student loans must be repaid back to the U.S. Government. The Financial Aid Administrator and Financial Aid Associate are good resources to assist you with this planning process. Information about the workshop will be included in the orientation letter sent to students accepted into the program.

Attention Military Veterans and Families. The Program proudly supports our veterans! Several faculty members are veterans or have children currently serving. The program has been approved for Veterans Education for many years. Through recent legislation, post-9/11 GI Benefits are now available for non-degree educational programs. Please call if you need assistance in coordinating these benefits. PA National Guard members may also qualify for educational benefits.

The program makes every attempt to assist students to find scholarships and grants. Students have benefited from the generosity of those who donate to PHEF Nursing Education Grants and Edna B. McKenzie Grants for Disadvantaged Students. The FCCTC Alumni offers an annual scholarship. Past students have received various scholarships from organizations such as Philanthropic Education Organization, Pennsylvania Association for Practical Nurse Administrators, local Social Organizations, Chambersburg Hospital, Menno Haven, and Shook Home. Eligible students have received WIA and Trade funds through Pennsylvania Career Link.

Financial Aid Procedure

It is recommended that the student delay the financial aid process until attending a PN Program Financial Aid Workshop.  This workshop is provided at no cost to the student. Attendance of spouses, significant others, and parents is welcomed.

Attend the Financial Aid Workshop – Required for all students seeking Financial Aid. Dates and times will be listed in the orientation letter.

Apply for FSA ID at least 3 days business days before attending a financial aid workshop — FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

School Code is 015456 for Franklin County Career and Tech Center

Complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note at the Student Loans government website.

School code for MPN is G07916

Seek other Scholarships and Grants at Finaid

Gainful Employment – Title IV Program Integrity

  • Franklin County Career and Technology Center OPEID: 00791600
  • Department of Education Classification of Instructional Program or CIP code is 51.3901 Practical Nursing Program (Certificate Program)
  • Length of Program: Full time – 12 months

Program Costs for 2018/19 – Tuition (Instate) $14,850, (Out of State) $16,850, Room and Board (estimated living off-campus – no on campus housing available) $12,240, Commuter Costs $4398, Books $800, Acceptance/Supplies/Technology Fee $400, Uniforms $100 – $150, Uniform Accessories (socks, shoes, analog watch, stethoscope) approx. $150 , Miscellaneous Personal Expenses (varies by individual) $3468, Loan Fees (Federal Direct Loan fees charged by the Dept of Ed) $157. Total Cost of Attendance for Independent Student $36,663 (note: this is not the tuition). Expenses are estimated for the one year the student is enrolled in the program and may vary according to living accommodations and support systems.

  • Median Loan Debt – Students 2016/17 – $12002
  • Housing – not available
  • On time completion rate (completing in one year) for 2016/17 Students – 70.1%
  • Job Placement Rate for 2016/17 Graduates – 100% for those seeking employment.
  • The Standard Occupational Code or SOC code for LPN/LVNs is 29-2061. Use this code to obtain more information about this profession on the websites listed below:
  • Gainful employment – U. S. Department of Labor O*Net here
  • Occupational Outlook for Licensed Practical Nurses – Summary Report for the Licensed Practical/Licensed Vocational Nurse