Nurse Aide Training Programs in Pennsylvania

How old does one have to be for employment eligibility as a CNA in Pennsylvania? The minimum age for employment as a nurse aide in this state is sixteen (16) years old. This means that anyone at least sixteen years old can enroll in a nurse aide training class offered by a nursing home who may also become their employer. It is known that many nursing homes will offer employment to those who are interested to train and become certified nursing assistants. Nursing homes are regulated by both federal and state laws, and according to those laws any licensed long-term care facility who offers you employment as a nurse aide must provide the CNA training for free.

What everyone needs to understand is that a nursing home will cover the cost of CNA training courses only if you accept to work for them as a nursing assistant. Accepting a nursing home employment offer will not only provide for training costs, but your certification fees will also be paid by the facility. While many people do not want to have any employment obligations while enrolled in a nurse aide class, some prefer to have the security of a job upon graduation. Keep in mind that community colleges which offer nurse assistant training classes may require applicants to be at least eighteen years old. Depending on your age, you might qualify for training at a long-term care facility or a private CNA school, but not for enrollment at a two-year educational institution.

CNA Courses in Bucks County

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology Nurse Assistant Program - Jamison
2740 Old York Road, Jamison, Pennsylvania 18929

Upper Bucks County Area Vocational Technical School - Perkasie
3115 Ridge Road, Perkasie, PA 18944

Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation C.N.A. Class - Coopersburg
7650 Route 309, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania 18036

CNA Classes in Butler County

Autumn Grove Care Center - Harrisville
536 South Main Street, Harrisville, PA 16038

Concordia Lutheran Health Nurse Aide Program - Cabot
134 Marwood Road, Cabot, Pennsylvania 16023

Evergreen Nursing Center - Harmony
191 Evergreen Mill Road, Harmony, PA 16037

Fair Winds Manor Nurse Aide Training - Sarver
126 Iron Bridge Road, Sarver, Pennsylvania 16055

LSL Passavant Retirement CNA Program - Zelienople
401 South Main Street, Zelienople, PA 16063

Sherwood Oaks Nursing Assistant Course - Cranberry
100 Norman Drive, Cranberry, Pennsylvania 16066

St. John Lutheran Care Center Nurse Aide Training Program - Mars
500 Wittenberg Way, Mars, PA 16046

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) - Cranberry Place
5 St. Francis Way, Cranberry, Pennsylvania 16066

CNA Training Programs in Cambria County

Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School Nursing Assistant Program - Ebensburg
948 Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg, PA 15931

Commonwealth Technical Nurse Aide Training - Johnstown
727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905

Gr. Johnstown High School CNA Training Course
222 Central Ave., Johnstown, PA 15902

Greater Johnstown Area Vocational Technical School
445 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904

Nurse Aide Programs in Cameron County

Guy and Mary Felt Manor CNA Training Program - Emporium
110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Nursing Assistant Training Programs in Carbon County

Carbon County Area Vocational Technical School Nurse Aide Training Course - Jim Thorpe
150 West 13th Street, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229

Lehigh-Carbon County College Nurse Aide Program - Carbon
24 East Locust Street, Nesquehonin, PA 18235

CNA Training Classes in Centre County

Central PA Institute of Science and Technology - Pleasant Gap
540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania 16823

Central Pennsylvannia Institute of Career CNA Program - Pleasant Gap
540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823

CNA Courses in Pennsylvania ( Page 4 )

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Name: Christie L. H. Date posted: July 15, 2013 - 10:36 PM
Message: Are there any nursing homes which offer free CNA training in Pennsylvania?

Espy on August 18, 2009 at 10:22 PM
I live in Coatesville PA. I would like to know where I can take a CNA class, around Coatesville, West Chester, Exton, King of Prussia and Philadelphia City. Are there any CNA training programs that you know about in this area?

Admin on August 19, 2009 at 09:54 AM
Our website lists schools and facilities offering CNA training programs in Pennsylvania by county. There are approximately 12 pages listing nursing assistant programs available in Pennsylvania on this website. You can start your search here: CNA Classes in Pennsylvania.

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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