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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

Schuylkill Center
1000 Schuylkill Manor Rd
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901
Schuylkill College
401 University Drive
Schuylkill, Pennsylvania 17972
Schuylkill Technology Centers
101 Technology Drive
Frackville, Pennsylvania 17931
Sena Kean Manor
P.O. Box 3307 Rt 6
Smethport, Pennsylvania 16749
Seneca Highlands Avts-s
219 Edison Bates Drive
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania 16743
Sherwood Oaks
100 Norman Drive
Cranberry, Pennsylvania 16066
Siemons' Lakeview Manor Estate
228 Siemon Drive
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
Silver Oaks Nursing Center
715 Harbor Street
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101
Slippery Rock University
165 Elm Street
Slippery, Pennsylvania 16057
Somerset County Technical Center
281 Vo-tech Road
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
South Fayette Nursing Center
252 Main Street
Markleysburg, Pennsylvania 15459
South Mountain Restorative Center
10058 South Mountain Rd
South Mountain, Pennsylvania 17261
Southwestern Nursing Center
500 N Lewis Run Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15122
Southwinds, Inc.
2101 Greentree Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
St. Anne Home
685 Angela Drive
Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601
St. Barnabas, Inc.
5827 Meridian Road
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044
St. John Lutheran Care Center
500 Wittenberg Way
Mars, Pennsylvania 16046
St. Paul Homes
339 E Jamestown Road
Greenville, Pennsylvania 16125
Steel Center AVTS
565 Lewis Run Rd
Clairton, Pennsylvania 15025
Steel Center AVTS
565 Lewis Run Rd
Jefferson, Pennsylvania 15025
Successful Aging Nurses
48 Garrett Road
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082
Sugarcreek Station
351 Causeway Drive
Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323
Sun Area Technical
815 East Market Street
New Berlin, Pennsylvania 17855
Sunnyview Home
107 Sunnyview Circle
Butler, Pennsylvania 16001
Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
box 100 Schoolhouse Rd.
Dimock, Pennsylvania 18816
The Caring Place
103 North 13th Street
Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323
The Patriot, A Choice Community
495 West Patriot Street
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
The Star Center At Wpahs
4900 Friendship Avenue 1st
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
Tri-state Business Institute
5757 West Ridge Road
Erie, Pennsylvania 16506
5 St. Francis Way
Cranberry, Pennsylvania 16066


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