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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.

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Pennsylvania CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in Pennsylvania, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing. As prescribed by federal law, the typical Pennsylvania CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry.

Required Hours for Pennsylvania CNA Certification

In Pennsylvania, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

Pennsylvania CNA Certification Prerequisites

In Pennsylvania, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a high school diploma or GED.

Pennsylvania CNA Licensing Resources

Pampering Plus Nurse Aide

  • 1522 Old York Road
    Abington, PA 19001
    Programs: CNA

A. W. Beattie Career Center

Vincentian Regency

  • 9399 Babcock Boulevard
    Allison Park, PA 15101
    Programs: CNA

Penn State University

  • 1444 11th Avenue Suite 2a
    Altoona, PA 16601
    Programs: CNA

Valley View Home

  • 301 Valley View Blvd
    Altoona, PA 16602
    Programs: CNA

Acts Retirement Life Comm.

  • 812 Bethlehem Pike
    Ambler, PA 19002
    Programs: CNA

Villa St. Joseph of Baden

  • 1030 State Street
    Baden, PA 15005
    Programs: CNA

Providence Health Care

  • 900 Third Avenue, Po Bx140
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Programs: CNA

Meadow View Nursing

  • 1404 Hay Street
    Berlin, PA 15530
    Programs: CNA

Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School

  • 3300 Chester Avenue
    Bethlehem, PA 18020
    Programs: CNA

Northampton Community College

Columbia-montour Avts-s

  • 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr
    Bloomsburg, PA 17815
    Programs: CNA

Bradford Area High

  • 81 Interstate Parkway
    Bradford, PA 16701
    Programs: CNA

Bradford Manor

  • 50 Langmaid Lane
    Bradford, PA 16701
    Programs: CNA

Bradford Regional Medical Center

Country Meadows Nursing Center

  • 3590 Washington Pike
    Bridgeville, PA 15017
    Programs: CNA

Jefferson Manor Health

Quality Life Services

  • 612 North Main Street
    Butler, PA 16001
    Programs: CNA

Sunnyview Home

  • 107 Sunnyview Circle
    Butler, PA 16001
    Programs: CNA

Concordia Lutheran Health and Human Care

  • 134 Marwood Road
    Cabot, PA 16023
    Programs: CNA

Greenery Specialty Care Center

  • 2200 Hill Church Houston
    Canonsburg, PA 15317
    Programs: CNA

Western Area Career and Technology Center

Franklin County Career and Technology Center

Institute For Caregiver Education

Mon Valley Career & Technology Center

  • 5 Guttman Avenue
    Charleroi, PA 15022
    Programs: CNA

Consulate Healthcare

  • 3876 Saxonburg Blvd
    Cheswick, PA 15024
    Programs: CNA

Harmar Village Care Center

  • 715 Freeport Road
    Cheswick, PA 15024
    Programs: CNA

Steel Center AVTS

  • 565 Lewis Run Rd
    Clairton, PA 15025
    Programs: CNA

Clearfield County Career and Technology Center

Rolling Fields, Inc.

  • 9108 State Highway 198
    Conneautvil, PA 16406
    Programs: CNA

Connellsville Area Career & Technical Center

Valley Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation

Cornwall Manor

  • P.O. Box 125, Boyd Street
    Cornwall, PA 17016
    Programs: CNA

Corry Manor

  • 640 Worth Street
    Corry, PA 16407
    Programs: CNA

Sherwood Oaks

  • 100 Norman Drive
    Cranberry, PA 16066
    Programs: CNA

UPMC

  • 5 St. Francis Way
    Cranberry, PA 16066
    Programs: CNA

Dmf Nurse Aide Tr/serv

  • 852 Main Street
    Darby, PA 19023
    Programs: CNA

Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center

  • box 100 Schoolhouse Rd.
    Dimock, PA 18816
    Programs: CNA

Saint Martha Manor

  • 470 Manor Avenue
    Downingtow, PA 19335
    Programs: CNA

Keystone Job Corps Center

  • 235 W. Foothills Drive
    Drums, PA 18222
    Programs: CNA, LPN

Christ The King Manor

  • 1100 West Long Avenue
    Dubois, PA 15801
    Programs: CNA

Dubois Nursing Home

  • 212 S. 8th St
    Dubois, PA 15801
    Programs: CNA

Easton Nursing Center

  • 498 Washington St
    Easton, PA 18042
    Programs: CNA

Admiral Peary Vocational Technical School

  • 948 Ben Franklin Highway
    Ebensburg, PA 15931
    Programs: CNA

Edinboro Manor

  • 419 Waterford Street
    Edinboro, PA 16412
    Programs: CNA

Central High School

  • 3325 Cherry Street
    Erie, PA 16508
    Programs: CNA

Erie Business Center

  • 246 West 9th Street
    Erie, PA 16501
    Programs: CNA

HVA Education Center

  • 4544 West Ridge Road Suite
    Erie, PA 16506
    Programs: CNA

Saint Vincent Health Center

  • 232 West 25th Street
    Erie, PA 16544
    Programs: CNA

Tri-state Business Institute

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