The Practical Nursing Program is a comprehensive educational program that prepares graduates for employment as Licensed Practical Nurses in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

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The Practical Nursing program encompasses classroom and clinical instruction in all phases of direct patient care, including dispensing medication and IV Therapy. The GACTC Practical Nursing has served the community since 1970 through the GACTC. The GACTC offers both a full- and part-time Practical Nursing program.

Licensed practical nurses are in demand in our region, and are vitally important in providing quality patient care.

Courses in the Practical Nursing program include the following:

  • Personal & Vocational Relationship
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Nursing I, II, and III
  • Surgical Nursing I, II, and III
  • Maternity Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology I and II
  • More than 900 hours of clinical instruction in all phases of direct patient care!

Upon graduation from the program, students are Graduate Practical Nurses and are prepared to take the National Exam for Licensure (NCLEX) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

When you enroll in the Practical Nursing program, you receive a high-quality, comprehensive education that prepares you for employment in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Home healthcare
  • Armed forces
  • Health agencies and clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Mental health facilities
  • Correctional institutions

Clinical Experiences

Practical nursing students obtain clinical experience at various healthcare facilities in our region, including, but not limited to, UPMC Altoona, Conemaugh Nason Hospital, Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, Allegheny Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg, Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg, James E. Van Zandt Medical Center, and Encompass Health. Additional practicums may include emergency services, daycares, outpatient agencies, school nurse offices, and rehabilitation services.

Program Accreditation

The Practical Nursing program is an approved program through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The GACTC has institutional accreditation through the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Applicant Information

The GACTC welcomes all interested individuals to apply for admission into our career training programs. Review the admissions requirements and apply now at

GACTC high school students that successfully completed the Health Occupations program (CIP code 51.0899) may be eligible to exempt from 1.5 credits in the Practical Nursing diploma program. Please contact the Practical Nursing Office to learn more!

The GACTC is a hidden gem in our community, and the Practical Nursing program has a great reputation…it measures clinical competency and validates  knowledge and skill by giving you the preparation and training for a state certified license.

Erika, Practical Nursing graduate

Student Testimonial:
Practical Nursing


Estimated Tuition & Fees for 2022-2023:
$19,000 (includes a laptop)

For the 2021-2022 academic year, this program is eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding! Contact your local CareerLink to learn more about WIOA funding.


Full-time program: August 25, 2022 through August 2023

  • Proposed schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (hours may vary due to clinical experiences)

Part-time program: September 7, 2022 through August 2024

  • Proposed schedule: Tuesday – Thursday, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Clinical hours also vary pending clinical site, but can be weekdays 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and weekends from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Please contact us to schedule a tour and to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career goals and this program. Complete this short form to request more information and to schedule a tour, or call us as 814.941.TECH.

We welcome your application to the Practical Nursing program.

Donna Cunningham

Practical Nursing Instructor
5th Floor
Breanna Shenk

Breanna Shenk

Practical Nursing Instructor
5th Floor

Mary Prorok

Practical Nursing Instructor
5th Floor
Lisa Urban

Lisa Urban

Practical Nursing Program Coordinator & Instructor
5th Floor
Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver

Practical Nursing Instructor
5th Floor

Jacqueline Deckard

Practical Nursing PT Instructor
5th Floor