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Top-ranked RN program in PA

Hands-on nursing education

Looking for a solid knowledge base and in-depth clinical exposure to prepare you for tomorrow’s challenging healthcare environment?

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing is ranked the No. 2 nursing program in Pennsylvania. 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.

Learn about our LPN advanced placement program.


NCLEX pass rates (for RNs)
Pass rate (August 2018 – July 2019) 100%
Pass rate (August 2017 – July 2018) 100%
Pass rate (August 2016 – July 2017) 89%
Pass rate (August 2015 – July 2016) 100%
Pass rate (August 2014 – July 2015) 100%

Program completion rate
Academic year (August 2018 – July 2019) 82%
Academic year (August 2017 – July 2018) 83%
Academic year (August 2016 – July 2017) 82%
Academic year (August 2015 – July 2016) 78%
Academic year (August 2014 – July 2015) 84%

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
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