LPN Admissions Process & Requirements

Admissions Process

Applicants must meet the general admission criteria at the University level and adhere to the admissions procedure stated on the school website. Apply online, submit official transcripts from high school and any post-secondary institutions attended to the Clearfield campus admissions office. Verification of current Pennsylvania LPN licensure is necessary.  

Pre-Requisite Requirements for Nursing: As per the State Board of Nursing: “Applicants shall have completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including 4 units of English, 3 units of Social Studies, 2 units of Mathematics (1 of which is Algebra), and 2 units of Science with a related laboratory or the equivalent.”

The Algebra, Academic Chemistry (with a lab component), and Academic Biology (with a lab component) pre-requisites at the high school level must have a grade of a C or higher. If these courses were not taken at the high school level, then they must be completed at the college level with a C or higher grade and a GPA of 2.70 or above is required for consideration. The Lock Haven University courses that would fulfill this requirement are MATH100, CHEM101, and BIOL101.

G.E.D. students must meet the same requirements.

General Education Course Requirement: General education courses required in the first year of our nursing program must also be completed, and a cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.70 is required for admission into the nursing program (see #9 of the Summary Sheet). The courses required are listed on the Curriculum Worksheet which is included in this packet.

Applicants must take the necessary Nursing Department LPN entrance exams and achieve the required scores (see #5, 6, and 7 of the Summary Sheet) in order to be exempt from NURS101 and NURS102.

Once accepted into the nursing program, unless previously completed, the student must take all required courses in the semester (3rd and 4th) in which they are offered as listed on the Curriculum Worksheet.

If you require further information, please contact the Nursing Department at (814) 768-3450.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Applicant must be a graduate of a program accredited by The National League for Nursing, The Commission on Occupational Education, or Middle States Accreditation.
  2. Applicant must provide copy of LPN licensure.
  3. Applicant must provide official transcript from their LPN program of study.
  4. Applicant must provide a letter of verification from Human Resources Supervisor indicating that the individual has worked 1,000 hours in a clinical practice setting in the last three (3) years. Definition of “clinical practice setting” will be determined on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee. A clear explanation of duties must be included. If the applicant has not practiced nursing in 5 or more years, the applicant is not eligible for advanced placement.
  5. Applicant must  take two standardized Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams prepared by the National League for Nursing. The applicant is responsible for a $55.00 fee for each computerized exam.  The applicant must score 70% or higher and is permitted two (2) attempts at each exam. The exams are:
    1. Foundations of Nursing (NURS101 required if unsuccessful)
    2. Nursing Care During Childbearing and Nursing Care of the Child (NURS102 required if unsuccessful)
    3. NOTE:  All LPN advanced placement students will be required to do an obstetrical rotation according to the curriculum plan.
  6. Applicant must  take the Medication Calculation LPN entrance exam and score a 94% or higher.
    1. Applicants are permitted three (3) attempts at this exam. A calculator is permitted for this exam.
  7. All exams will begin in mid-May of the year in which you are seeking admission to the LPN Advanced Placement Program.  You will be notified February-March to pick up the study packet information for testing.  The nursing department will verify all required coursework either completed or currently registered in that spring semester and your GPA is a 2.7 or above in order to qualify for testing
  8. Applicant must complete the Lock Haven University Clinical Skills Checklist indicating which skills the individual feels competent in and would not need to repeat.   If the applicant can not sign verifying that they are competent in all skills listed on the Checklist, the applicant will not be granted exemption and will be required to enroll in that Nursing course.
  9. Applicant must provide transcript(s) of satisfactory completion of required general education credits which would have been taken during the first year of the nursing program.  Those courses are:
    1. English Composition (ENGL100)
    2. Introduction to Psychology (PSYC100)
    3. Antomy & Physiology I (HLTH128)
    4. Anatomy & Physiology Lab (HLTH129)
    5. Anatomy & Physiology II (HLTH130)
    6. Anatomy & Physiology Lab II (HLTH131)
    7. Life Span Development (PSYC240)
    8. Introduction to Sociology (SOCI101)
    9. NOTE:  A minimum of 34 LHU credit hours is required for graduation, along with a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of 2.70. A grade of “C” or higher is required in Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab, Anatomy & Physiology II, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab, and Microbiology.
    10. NOTE:  Transfer Credits - Please remember when transferring coursework from another university only the credits transfer, not the grades nor grade point average (GPA) transfers.
  10. A mandatory requirement of each nursing student will be to participate in various experiences related to multi-cultural diversity. To meet this requirement, ALL nursing students must complete 20 hours as participant observers in cultural, social or ethnic experiences.
  11. To graduate from the Lock Haven University Associate of Science in Nursing Program, all graduate candidates must maintain a cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.70 or higher throughout the nursing program. A minimum grade of ‘C’ in all nursing courses is required.  


  1. An LPN student may request readmission through advanced placement only once.
  2. The number of students admitted into the advanced placement program will be determined by the nursing faculty on a semester-by-semester basis.
  3. Students may have ONLY TWO ATTEMPTS to achieve a “C” grade in the sciences; HLTH128-Anatomy & Physiology I, HLTH129-Anatomy & Physiology I Lab, HLTH130-Anatomy & Physiology II, HLTH131-Anatomy & Physiology II Lab, and BIOL215-Microbiology.