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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

A. W. Beattie Career Center
9600 Babcock Blvd.
Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101
Acts Retirement Life Comm.
812 Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002
Admiral Peary Vocational Technical School
948 Ben Franklin Highway
Ebensburg, Pennsylvania 15931
Albright Care Services
1 Maplewood Drive
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
Allegheny Lutheran
915 Hickory Street
Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648
Antonelli "100"
1700 Industrial Highway
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464
Autumn Grove Care Center
536 South Main Street
Harrisville, Pennsylvania 16038
Barnes-Kasson Hospital
400 Turnpike Street
Susquehanna, Pennsylvania 18847
Beaver County Career & Technology
145 Poplar Drive
Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061
Bedford County Technical Center
195 Pennknoll Road
Everett, Pennsylvania 15537
Berks Career & Technology Center
1057 County Road
Leesport, Pennsylvania 19533
Berks Heim Nursing Home
1011 Berks Road
Leesport, Pennsylvania 19533
Berks Technical Institute
2205 Ridgewood Rd
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610
Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School
3300 Chester Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020
Bethlen Home
66 Carey School Road
Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15656
Bradford Area High
81 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
Bradford County Manor
rd #3, Box 322
Troy, Pennsylvania 16947
Bradford Manor
50 Langmaid Lane
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
Bradford Regional Medical Center
24 West Washington Street
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
Broad Acres Health and Rehab
1883 Shumway Hill Road
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 16901
Bucks County AVTS
610 Wistar Road
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania 19030
Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940
Carbon County Career & Technica Institute
150 West 13th Street
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
3201 Rockwell Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508
Cedar Haven Nursing Home
590 South Fifth Avenue
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
Central High School
3325 Cherry Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508
Central Montco Technical HS
821 Plymouth Road
Plymouth, Pennsylvania 19401
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
540 N. Harrison Rd.
Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania 16823
Central Westmoreland
240 Arona Road
New Stanton, Pennsylvania 15672
Chester County Oic
790 E. Market St, Ste 100
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382


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