Practical Nursing Program

Welcome to the Western Area CTC Practical Nursing Program!

The Western Area CTC Practical Nursing Program presently offers two Practical Nursing programs of study:

  • Full-time 12-month program
  • Part-time 24-month program

The Practical Nursing Program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA/CESS)


The Practical Nursing Program was started in 1984. The first class graduated and achieved a 95% NCLEX-PN pass rate.

Since then, the program has educated and graduated hundreds and hundreds of caring, compassionate, and competent practical nurses.

79.17% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 passed the examination on the first attempt.

76.6% of program graduates taking the NCLEX-PN administered by the State of PA between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 passed the examination on the first attempt.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Western Area Career & Technology Center Practical Nursing Program is to provide an educational experience that will prepare students to become competent, safe, effective Practical Nurses who strive to provide quality care to individuals at all levels of the heath care continuum.

Why Choose Practical Nursing?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Licensed Practical nurses is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Why not become a part of tomorrow’s future in healthcare? Our population is aging quickly, and you will be in demand as a nurse. Feel good about making a difference in someone’s life. Be successful in a profession that is always growing. Become part of nursing excellence.

As you can see, nursing is an in-demand profession. Practical Nurses work in a variety of locations, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Physician’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice
  • Schools

Our graduates are employed by a number of facilities:

  • Bridgeville Rehab and Care Center
  • Excela Health
  • Hawthorne Woods Assisted Living
  • Paramount Nursing and Rehab
  • Premier Washington Health Center
  • Presbyterian Senior Care
  • Ruby Memorial Hospital
  • St. Clair Hospital
  • Strabane Woods
  • Townview Health and Rehab Center
  • Trinity Health System
  • Uniontown Hospital

To help students find a job after graduation a variety of services are offered such as: job fairs, career counseling, job listings, and resume assistance are provided.

What You Can Learn at WACTC

This 12- or 24- month diploma program has been crafted to prepare students to serve as a true health professional for patients and their families. Students will be taught how to administer medication, observe, report and document symptoms, and perform therapeutic procedures. Other areas of focus include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Medical-surgical Nursing
  • Maternity and Infant Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing Leadership

One of the program’s main goals is to position graduates to earn their licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN).

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