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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

Jameson Memorial Hospital
1211 Wilmington Road
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16105
Jefferson County Dubois Area Vocational Technical School
576 Vo-Tech Road
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania 15851
Jefferson Manor Health
417, Rt. 28
Brookville, Pennsylvania 15825
Juniata Career and Technology Center
700 Pitt Street
Lewistown, Pennsylvania 17044
Kane Area High School
400 West Hemlock Avenue
Kane, Pennsylvania 16735
Keystone Job Corps Center
235 W. Foothills Drive
Drums, Pennsylvania 18222
Lackawanna College
627 Main Street
Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431
Laurel Center
125 Holly Road
Hamburg, Pennsylvania 19526
Laurel Wood Care Center
100 Woodmont Road
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905
Lawrence County Career and Technical Center
750 Phelps Way
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101
Lebanon County Career and Technology Center
833 Metro Dr.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
Lehigh-Carbon Community College
24 East Locust Street
Nesquehonin, Pennsylvania 18235
Lutheran Home At Kane
100 High Point Drive
Kane, Pennsylvania 16735
Lutheran Sr. Life Pass Ret
401 S. Main Street
Zelienople, Pennsylvania 16063
Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634
Marywood University
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
Meadow View Nursing
1404 Hay Street
Berlin, Pennsylvania 15530
Memorial Hospital
One Hospital Drive
Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
Mercer County Career Center
776 Greenville Road
Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
2740 Old York Road
Jamison, Pennsylvania 18929
Mon Valley Career & Technology Center
5 Guttman Avenue
Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022
Mount Macrina Manor
520 W. Main St.
Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401
Mountain View Care Center
2309 Stafford Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505
Mulberry Square Rehab
411 1/2 W. Mahoning St
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania 15767
North Montco Technical Career Center
1265 Sumneytown Pike
Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020
Northern Tier Career Center
120 Career Center Lane
Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
Northern Westmoreland
705 Stevenson Blvd
New, Pennsylvania 15068
Nsb Trainers
p.o. Box 2091
Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18201
Nursing Home
2 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064


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