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Top-ranked RN program in PA

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Hands-on nursing education

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing has been ranked over the years as one of the top 5 nursing programs in the state. Our small class sizes and hands-on training from experienced faculty, coupled with our 100% NCLEX (National Council of Licensing Examination) passing rates and exceptional job placement rates, make us an excellent choice for those looking for a rewarding career.

Top-ranked Pennsylvania nursing program

Our registered nurse program has been ranked the top RN program in Pennsylvania, thanks to the program’s high admission standards, our students’ dedication and their exceptionally high NCLEX scores.

We offer the following options to obtain your nursing diploma:

– Our RN program is a two-year, full-time nursing program with classes offered during the day. In order to graduate with your diploma, you’ll need to complete 88 total credits and pass the NCLEX. Learn more about our RN program.

LPN advanced placement
 – If you’re already a practicing nurse with an active license, our 24-month hospital-based diploma program takes you from an LPN to an RN in two years. You’ll have the same class schedules and the same courses as with our regular RN program.


NCLEX pass rates (for RNs)
Pass rate (October 2020 – September 2021)  97%
Pass rate (October 2019 – September 2020) 83%
Pass rate (October 2018 – September 2019) 100%
Pass rate (October 2017 – September 2018) 100%
Pass rate (October 2016 – September 2017) 100%

Program completion rate
Academic year (August 2020 - July 2021)  75%
Academic year (August 2019 – July 2020) 84%
Academic year (August 2018 – July 2019) 82%
Academic year (August 2017 – July 2018) 83%
Academic year (August 2016 – July 2017) 82%

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Exhibit caring behavior while collaborating with the patient, family and members of the healthcare team to assist the patient to achieve optimal outcomes through evidence-based practice guidelines.
  • Utilize the nursing process to provide individualized nursing care in diverse settings while applying culturally sensitive care.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and accountability while safely practicing within the ethical, legal and regulatory framework of nursing and standards of nursing practice.
  • Pursue personal goals for professional development and participate in lifelong learning.

Our mission and philosophy

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing exists to provide quality nursing education. We seek to engage a diverse group of students in a manner that enables our graduates to become leaders in providing competent and safe bedside nursing care across the continuum and throughout the surrounding community.

Nursing is a dynamic process of caring based on a theory-guided, evidence-based body of knowledge and established standards of professional practice. The focus of nursing practice is based on the patient-family's level of functioning, preferences, values and needs related to their diverse physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual dimensions which promote, maintain and restore wellness. Education is a lifelong process that fosters the development of critical thinking so that individuals can respond to the health care of people in a variety of settings with the concept of caring deeply rooted in its history.

Nursing accreditations and approvals

Our program is approved and accredited by the appropriate national and professional organizations.


Our program has received full approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing:

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Nursing accreditations

The diploma nursing program at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital at the Lewistown Campus located in Lewistown, Pennsylvania is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

Fax: 404-975-5020

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the diploma nursing program is Continued Accreditation.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing welcomes comments from interested individuals from the nursing community, students and graduates, as well as the public. The commission provides information on program type and accreditation of nursing programs.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Contact us

By mail

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing
Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
400 Highland Ave.
Lewistown, PA 17044
By phone

Fax: 717-242-7933