Penn State Berks graduates Class of 2022 practical nurses

Written by Lisa R. Baldi, Director of Strategic Communications at Penn State Berks.

Seven new Penn State Berks practical nursing program graduates crossed the stage during the Penn State Berks fall commencement on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Santander Arena.

The students earned their certificates in practical nursing and are eligible to test for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse, or NCLEX-PN. 

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Students began the 18-month program in August 2021. Along with their studies in the classroom, they also gained hands-on clinical experience in the greater Berks County area.

Graduates include Autumn Estrada, Allyson Forbes, Samantha Ingham, Kimberly Jennings, April Tinto, Nicole Yoder, and Dolly Youndt. Before the ceremony, several graduating class members were recognized for their achievements. The awards and winners include: 

Excellence in Clinical Practice: Presented to the nursing student who best displays a high regard for clinical care and clinical aptitude. This award was presented to Samantha Ingham.

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Academic Achievement Award: Presented to the student with the highest grade-point average throughout the program. This award was presented to Kimberly Jennings. 

Continuing Education Award: Presented to the student who embodies the spirit, commitment, and dedication to higher education.  This award was presented to April Tinto. 

Penn State Berks is now accepting applications for the August 2023 practical nursing program. To register for a remote information session, select a TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) testing date, or learn how to apply for our program by visiting the practical nursing web page. For more information, contact Cathleen Phillips, noncredit programming assistant, at or 610-396-6225. 

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