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‚ÄčLicensed Practical Nurses

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements


High School Diploma & Completion of Practical Nursing Program


1 Examination


1,500 Hours of Experience


3 Hours of Continuing Education


95.00 Initial Fee


76.00 Renewal Fee

A nurse licensed to practice by the State Board of Nursing. Practical nursing is the performance of selected nursing acts in the care of the ill, injured or infirm under the direction of a licensed professional nurse, a licensed physician or a licensed dentist which do not require the specialized skill, judgment and knowledge required in professional nursing.

Degree Requirement: 

High School Diploma & Completion of Practical Nursing Program
Every applicant for examination as a licensed practical nurse shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that they hold a high school diploma or equivalent; and has satisfactorily completed a program in practical nursing prescribed and approved by the board in a school, hospital or other educational institution, of not less than fifteen hundred (1,500) hours and within a period of not less than twelve months.

Examination Requirement: 

1 Examination
An applicant must receive a passing grade on either the National Council of State Boards - Practical Nursing Exam (NCLEX-PN) or the State Board Test Pool Exam (SBTPE) as a requirement for licensure.

Experience: 

1,500 Hours
An applicant must satisfactorily complete a course in practical nursing prescribed and approved by the Board in a school, hospital or other institution of not less than 1,500 hours and within a period of not less than 12 months.

Continuing Education: 

3 Hours
Pennsylvania LPNs must complete 3 hours of approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of renewal.

Initial Licensing Fee: 

$95.00

Licensure Renewal Fee: 

$76.00
Biennial renewal of license.

Licensure By Endorsement & Licensure By Act 41:

A practical nurse who has graduated from an approved practical nursing program in the United States or Canada and who obtained licensure in another jurisdiction of the United States or Canada upon having passed an examination considered by the Board to be equivalent to the examination required for licensure in this Commonwealth may be granted licensure by endorsement.

Act 41 allows for portability of out-of-state professional licensees coming to work in Pennsylvania. Act 41 does this by granting all boards and commissions within the Commonwealth the authority to immediately endorse licensees from other states, territories or jurisdictions (with substantially equivalent licensing requirements) who are active, in good standing and without discipline against their license or criminal conviction.