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Pennsylvania CNA Classes

Pennsylvania CNA Training

Business experts have said that if an individual wants to land a job in today's sluggish economy, he or she has to make sure that their education and experience are exactly what future employers are looking for. It is for precisely this reason that so many people are rushing to enroll in Pennsylvania CNA classes. These courses are designed to train students to become certified nursing assistants.

In a hospital or other health care institution, doctors and nurses are responsible for examining, diagnosing and prescribing treatments for their patients. However, certified nursing assistants provide crucial support to that these medical professionals can make the most efficient use of their time. CNAs are often responsible for taking patient vital signs, recording medical histories, answering questions about treatment plants, and educating the public about easy ways to avoid injury and illness.

Becoming a CNA in Pennsylvania

In order to become a CNA, or nurse aide, in Pennsylvania, an individual must complete a state-approved nurse aide training program and then pass a competency exam. He or she must be at least 16 years old to take the exam, though some healthcare institutions require nursing employees to be 18 years of age.

He or she must also obtain a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) in order to be eligible for the exam. In addition, the individual must been a Pennsylvania resident for at least 2 years, or he or she must obtain an FBI report in addition to the CHRI.

After the Training is Complete

Once the training program is completed, one must register and schedule to take the competency test through DASHER. The exam consists of a written or oral section, as well as a hands-on component where the student must complete 5 randomly selected Nurse Aide skills. Both components of the test must be passed within 2 years and 3 attempts, or the student must retrain. Registration must be renewed every 2 years, requiring the applicant to perform at least 8 hours of nursing-related work for pay within the 2 year period. If registration expired due to not working the required 8 hours, one is eligible to take the competency exam again.

A CNA or Nurse Aides who is registered and in good standing in another state can apply for reciprocity through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Additional Resources:

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Other PA Schools with CNA Programs

Christ The King Manor
1100 West Long Avenue
Dubois, Pennsylvania 15801
Clarion County Career Center
447 Career Lane
Shippenville, Pennsylvania 16254
Clarview Nursing & Rehab Center
14663 Rt 68
Sligo, Pennsylvania 16255
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center
1620 River Road
Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
Columbia-montour Avts-s
5050 Sweppenheiser Dr
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815
Commonwealth Technical
727 Goucher Street
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905
Community College of Allegheny County
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Community College of Beaver County
1 Campus Drive
Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061
Community Training
140 North Beeson Avenue
Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401
Concordia Lutheran Health and Human Care
134 Marwood Road
Cabot, Pennsylvania 16023
Connellsville Area Career & Technical Center
720 Locust Street Ext.
Connellsville, Pennsylvania 15425
Consulate Healthcare
3876 Saxonburg Blvd
Cheswick, Pennsylvania 15024
Cornwall Manor
P.O. Box 125, Boyd Street
Cornwall, Pennsylvania 17016
Corry Manor
640 Worth Street
Corry, Pennsylvania 16407
Country Meadows Nursing Center
3590 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania 15017
Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School
860 Thurston Road
Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Road
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Delaware County Technical Schools
701 Henderson Blvd.
Folcroft, Pennsylvania 19032
Dmf Nurse Aide Tr/serv
852 Main Street
Darby, Pennsylvania 19023
Dock Woods Community
275 Dock Drive
Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446
Dubois Nursing Home
212 S. 8th St
Dubois, Pennsylvania 15801
East Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
4904 Rt 982
Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650
Easton Nursing Center
498 Washington St
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
Edinboro Manor
419 Waterford Street
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16412
Education & Technology
219 Donohoe Road
Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601
Epworth Manor
951 Washington Avenue
Tyrone, Pennsylvania 16686
Erie Business Center
246 West 9th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
Evergreen Nursing Center
191 Evergreen Mill Road
Harmony, Pennsylvania 16037
Fair Acres Geriatric Center
340 N Middletown
Lima, Pennsylvania 19037
Fairview Manor
900 Manchester Road
Fairview, Pennsylvania 16415


Pennsylvania CNA Resources on

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
PO 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone: (717) 783-7142
Fax: (717) 783-0822

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association