Nurse Aide Training Programs in Pennsylvania

Who is eligible for nurse aide testing by examination in Pennsylvania? There are five different categories of eligibility for challenging the CNA examination in Pennsylvania. Individuals who meet the criteria of either one of these categories are allowed to sit for the certification exam, also known as the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). Those allowed to take the test and become certified nurse aides in Pennsylvania include: individuals who have successfully completed a state-approved nurse aide training course within the last two years; nursing students who meet specific educational requirements; candidates who have completed CNA training in a state other than Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania nurse aides who have a lapsed certification; certified nurse assistants from another state with a lapsed certification.

Every CNA exam candidate needs to determine under which category they qualify for the state examination. Once all the application forms are submitted the nurse aide will receive a confirmation letter specifying the date, location, and time for the examination. First-time nurse aide students who challenge the CNA exam are encouraged to request help from their nurse aide program instructors in completing the application forms. Program instructors are registered nurses who have trained and helped many nurse assistant students become certified. What salary can you expect to earn as a CNA? The median nurse aide income in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is about $24,000 per year.

Nursing Assistant Training Schools in Adams County

Harrisburg Area Carrer Center
349 Wiconisco Street, 3 Penn Center, Harrisburg, PA 17110

CNA Classes in Allegheny County

A. W. Beattie Career Center CNA Program - Allison Park
9600 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101

County College of Allegheny County - Pittsburgh
Downtown Center 625, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Consulate Healthcare Nurse Aide Training - Cheswick
3876 Saxonburg, Cheswick, Pennsylvania 15024

Country Meadows Nursing Center - Bridgeville
3590 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Forbes Road East Career Technical Center Nurse Assistant Program - Monroeville
607 Beatty Road, Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146

Friendship Village of S. Hills - Upper St. Clair
1290 Boyce Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

Harmar Village Care Center Nurse Aide Training Course - Cheswick
715 Freeport Road, Cheswick, Pennsylvania 15024

Highland Park Care CNA Training Course - Pittsburgh
745 North Highland, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Marian Manor Nursing Assistant Class - Pittsburgh
2695 Winchester Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220

Parkway West Area Vocational Technical School - Oakdale
7101 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071

Pittsburgh Job Corps Center Nursing Assistant Course
7175 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

Riverside Nursing Center CNA Training Program - Mckeesport
100 8th Street, Mckeesport, PA 15132

Seneca Place - Verona
5360 Saltsburg Road, Verona, Pennsylvania 15147

Southwestern Nursing Center C.N.A. Class - Pittsburgh
500 North Lewis Run Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15122

St. Barnabas, Inc. Nurse Aide Training - Gibsonia
Meridian Road, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School Nurse Aide Program - Clairton
565 Lewis Run Rd., Jeff Boro, Clairton, PA 15025

Nurse Aide Training Courses in Armstrong County

Kittanning Care Center CNA Course
R.D. 1, Route 422 East, Kittanning, Pennsylvania 16201

Lenape Area Vocational Technical School - Ford City
2215 Chaplin Ave., Ford City, PA 16226

Sugar Creek Rest, Inc. Nurse Aide Training Program - Worthington
120 Lakeside Dr., Worthington, Pennsylvania 16262

CNA Programs in Beaver County

Beaver County Area Vocational Technical School - Monaca
145 Poplar Drive, Monaca, PA 15061

Community College of Beaver County Nurse Aide Course - Monaca
One Campus Drive, Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061

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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.

CNA Training Schools and Programs

CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Name: Monica Date posted: July 31, 2013 - 08:58 PM
Message: I live in Levittown, Bucks County, PA. I would like to know where I can take a CNA class. What is the cost? Could you give me all the information you have about this class?

Name: Admin Date posted: August 02, 2013 - 03:15 PM
Message: Currently the only state-approved CNA programs in Bucks County, PA, are being offered at the following institutions: Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Upper Bucks County Area Vocational Technical School, Lutheran Community at Telford, and Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Coopersburg. You can also search our listings for CNA programs in Philadelphia if it is close to where you live. Middle Bucks Institute of Technology offers some information regarding the CNA program cost and admission requirements but I would recommend calling them to find out about all the course details. For this particular program, the admission requirements include: obtaining the required immunizations, undergoing a physical exam, and submitting to a mandatory background check. The listed costs associated with the nurse aide program are approximately $275, and include the price of the background check, required uniform, certification testing fee, workbooks, and activity fee. The school does not mention a separate tuition fee. The best way to find out similar information regarding the nursing assistant training classes from the other schools or nursing homes is by contacting them and speaking with a program representative. Information regarding a particular CNA course may change frequently and by calling a particular school you always receive the most up-to-date information. Keep in mind that nursing homes may not offer training on a continuous basis, especially if the facility has no need for additional certified nursing assistants.

Name: Kim D. Date posted: August 31, 2013 - 07:09 AM
Message: I am wondering how it is possible to set up a challenge exam in the state of PA? I am a certified paramedic and a nursing student with one year to go, but would like to become CNA because of more job availability. However, I made some calls to try this unsuccessfully. Do you know the best way to go about this? I would appreciate your help!

Name: Admin Date posted: August 31, 2013 - 09:18 PM
Message: A nursing student who has completed specific coursework and clinical practice similar to that required in a nursing assistant training program may qualify to challenge the nursing assistant exam in Pennsylvania. You need to start by completing the Nurse Aide Program Application for Graduate or Student Nurses and sending it for review to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg. Once your application is approved you may contact the American Red Cross to register for challenging the nursing assistant state examination. Read and follow all the instructions in the application. The application can be found here: Nurse Aide Program Application for Graduate or Student Nurses. Good luck!

Kathleen S. on August 08, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Can you share any tips or advice regarding CNA job interviews?

Admin on August 10, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Please take a look at the Job Interview Tips page for advice that will help you prepare for a certified nursing assistant job interview.

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CNA Resources

Free CNA Training Course

Lehigh Carbon Community College is currently offering a free CNA preparation course in Allentown, Pennsylvania for students who are interested to become certified nurse assistants. This free nurse aide preparation course consists of seventy-two (72) hours of instruction focusing on topics such as the human body, medical terminology, study skills and techniques, test taking strategies, and career preparation.

Upon completion of this course the student must attend the second part of the CNA program which leads to certification as a nurse assistant in Pennsylvania. The nurse aide training diploma classes are five (5) weeks long and are offered for a comprehensive cost of $725. The college does offer tuition assistance to nurse aide students who meet certain qualification criteria.

To help students who's primary language is not English, a unique CNA training program with English as a second language component is available at this two-year college. These nurse aide courses are ten (10) weeks long and cost $900. Orientation sessions are held periodically for prospective students interested in the CNA programs offered at Lehigh Carbon Community College. You are encouraged to call and attend one of these session where nurse aide program specifics are discussed in detail.

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