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Applications & Admissions

Application Process

Interested individuals aged at least 18 years or older may apply to the Training Fund's Practical Nursing program. Applicants must...

  • Attend an Information Session. Applicants can view and register for scheduled Information Sessions here.
  • Submit an Initial Application with a Non-refundable application fee of $50.00. 
  • Complete the program entrance exam, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)*. Registration for the TEAS is $65.00 Non-refundable. 

See sidebar for TEAS policy revision published October 2019.

Potential students may choose one of two application pathways:

  • Prepare for the TEAS program entrance exam by taking a free Pre-Nursing Class (click to download flyer), OR...
  • Register for and take the TEAS test; register here.

Information about the TEAS test and pre-nursing classes will be provided at all Information Sessions.

Admissions Process

Applicants who pass the TEAS test will be contacted by the Practical Nursing Program to schedule an interview with the Admissions Committee. Upon completing a successful admissions interview, applicants will receive an Acceptance Letter.

  • The Acceptance Letter will contain a packet that includes forms and a detailed list of all documents that must be completed and submitted before the first day of class. These forms and documents include, but are not limited to, requirements for participation in the program such as: titers, immunizations, physical exam, clearances, documentation of high school diploma or equivalent, Mantoux test results and CPR certification for healthcare workers. These forms provide evidence of good physical health and documentation of fitness to work in healthcare.

Students must meet the program's Essential Functional Ability requirements, which will be included in the packet.

Accepted students must sign an Enrollment Agreement and attend a 10-week Bridge program before the start of classes.


Program Cost

Total program cost is approximately $22,000.
This is an approximate estimate and subject to change. Additional information about tuition and payments is available at any
Practical Nursing Information Session.

Tuition Assistance for District 1199C Members: Eligible District 1199C union members may take advantage of their Tuition Reimbursement benefit, which will cover up to two-thirds of tuition up front. Call the Tuition Reimbursement office at 215-568-2220, ext. 5502 to determine your eligibility, or call Teresa Bennett at 215-568-2220, ext. 5427.

Tuition Assistance for Community Residents: Limited financial support for community residents and District 1199C members not covered by the Training & Upgrading Fund depends upon the availability of public and private grant funds. Sources of support may include Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for eligible CareerLink enrollees, and limited scholarships from District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund. Further information is provided at the Practical Nursing Program Information Sessions.