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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

Orangeville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
200 Berwick Road
Orangeville, Pennsylvania 17859
Orwigsburg Center
1000 Orwigsburg Manor
Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania 17961
Overlook Medical Clinic
520 New Castle Street
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16142
PA School of Nursing & Medicine
6930 Market St
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082
Pampering Plus Nurse Aide
1522 Old York Road
Abington, Pennsylvania 19001
Parkhouse, Providence
1600 Black Rock Road
Royersford, Pennsylvania 19468
Parkway West AVTS
7101 Steubenville Pike
Oakdale, Pennsylvania 15071
Penn Asian Vocational
420 Old York Road
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania 19046
Penn State University
1444 11th Avenue Suite 2a
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601
Pennsylvania College of Technology
12880 Rte 6
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 16901
Pennsylvania Institute of Health & Technology
P.O. Box 278
Mt. Braddock, Pennsylvania 15465
Peter Becker Community
800 Maple Avenue
Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438
Pittsburgh Job Corps Center
7175 Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Pleasant Ridge Manor
8300 West Ridge Road
Girard, Pennsylvania 16417
Pocopson Home
1695 Lenape Road
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
Princeton Information Technology Center
140 S Easton Road
Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038
Professional Healthcare
1333 Cheltenham Avenue
Melrose Park, Pennsylvania 19027
Providence Health Care
900 Third Avenue, Po Bx140
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 15010
Quakertown Center
1020 South Main Street
Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951
Quality Life Services
612 North Main Street
Butler, Pennsylvania 16001
Reading Area Community College
10 South Second Street
Reading, Pennsylvania
Reading-Muhlenberg CTC
2615 Warren Road
Reading, Pennsylvania 19604
Revolutionary Education
1619 Main Street
Olyphant, Pennsylvania 18447
Riverside Nursing Center
100 Eighth Street
Mckeesport, Pennsylvania 15132
Rochester Manor Nursing
174 Virginia Avenue
Rochester, Pennsylvania 15074
Rockhill Mennonite Comm.
3250 State Road
Sellersville, Pennsylvania 18960
Rolling Fields, Inc.
9108 State Highway 198
Conneautvil, Pennsylvania 16406
Rouse Warren County Home
701 Rouse Home Rd
Youngsville, Pennsylvania 16371
Saint Martha Manor
470 Manor Avenue
Downingtow, Pennsylvania 19335
Saint Vincent Health Center
232 West 25th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16544


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