CPI Practical Nursing Diploma Program

Upon completion of the program, the graduate, based on preparation, knowledge skills, understanding and as a member of the health team functioning under the supervision of a licensed professional nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist, shall consistently use sound nursing judgment to:

  1. Assess the clients biopsychosocial and spiritual needs in order to coordinate nursing care in all settings
  2. Analyze collaboratively with the professional nurse to develop the nursing diagnosis
  3. Contribute to the development of nursing care plans to facilitate expected client outcomes
  4. Assist the client of any age in meeting his/her biopsychosocial spiritual needs
    • Employ effective communication skills
    • Demonstrate a mastery of selected nursing skills
    • Organize comprehensive nursing care
    • Provide safe nursing care
    • Utilize the client’s family as a support system
    • Participate in health teaching of client and family
  1. Participate in evaluating achievement of expected outcomes
    • Participate in modification of plans of nursing care
    • Participate in evaluation of the teaching/learning process
  1. Demonstrate accountability for personal, vocational and professional behavior
    • Independently seek new learning experiences
    • Identify own strengths and weaknesses for improvement of the practice of nursing

Nursing Program Checklist

Thinking of going into the nursing profession? Here is a checklist of what you have to do to register for the Nursing Program at CPI.

After achieving a passing score on the Pre-entrance exam:

  • Request High School Transcripts or GED sent to the PN Program.
  • 2 Reference forms filled out by a Supervisor.
  • Informational session with PN Coordinator.

  • Receive Acceptance Letter.

  • Create Castlebranch Account to complete requirements.

Application Form

Fill out Practical Nursing Application Form

Pre-entrance Exam Form

Entrance testing information and the registration form

Nursing Handbook

Download the 2024 Practical Nursing Student Handbook

Transcript Request

Download the Transcript Request Form

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Handbook

For assistance preparing for the practical nursing entrance exam, please contact the Central Intermediate Unit 10 Adult Education Office.


Length of Program: 12 months- full time classes and 2 years- part-time class, 1500 hours, including vacation/holidays.

Read course descriptions for the four different levels of the Practical Nursing Program at CPI.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application form with application fee
  • Take pre-admission test at CPI
  • Submit high school transcript, GED or other course grades to school
  • Submit two (2) personal references on appropriate forms
  • Have a personal interview with the coordinator
  • Obtain American Heart Association BLS course CPR certification before admission
  • Submit current criminal record check and Child Abuse Clearance
  • Complete physical exam, drug screen, lab tests and immunizations

CPI Nursing changed my life. I love my job, I’m changing lives, and I’m able to provide a nice life for my family. I felt extremely prepared for boards and the workforce. I had multiple job offers before I even graduated.

Madigan D.

I received excellent training that prepared me for the NCLEX and a career in nursing.

Bob L.