Pennsylvania CNA Certification
Students seeking certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification in Pennsylvania must complete a state-approved training program, as well as pass a certification examination. CNA training programs are available at several community colleges and technical schools in the state. These studies typically result in a diploma or certificate. When students complete these CNA programs, they receive certificates and are eligible to take nurse aide competency exams through the American Red Cross. Upon passing the test, their names are added to the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry.
Learn about the curricula, length of programs and additional requirements for two of these schools. The table that concludes this article also provides more details about these institutions.
- Delaware County Community College is located in Media, a suburb of Philadelphia, and offers a course for aspiring CNAs.
- Commonwealth Technical Institute is situated in Johnstown in the western portion of the state. This school offers a nurse's aide diploma.
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Comparison of Schools
In order to choose between schools, students may also want to check out the table of facts below, including tuition charges, enrollment figures and graduation rates.
|Delaware County Community College||Commonwealth Technical Institute|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||12,459*||222*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Small suburb|
|Program Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)|| $986 (with a sponsoring school district)**
$1,634 (non-sponsoring school district)**
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||63%*||46%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016)||100% (open admissions)*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||61%*||80%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011)||16%*||81%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, ** Delaware County Community College.
Delaware County Community College
Delaware County Community College is a 2-year public school serving students since 1967. The college has six locations to serve its annual enrollment of more than 28,000 students. Included in its many academic options is a certificate program for aspiring CNAs, which is offered through the college's allied health department.
Nurses Aide Course
The Nurses Aide Course is an intensive course that prepares students to work as CNAs in home health care, acute care or long-term care facilities. The 133-hour curriculum combines coursework and lab studies in infection control and basic emergency procedures, along with supervised clinical education at a long-term care facility. Each interested applicant must present proof of medical insurance and a completed physical examination.
Commonwealth Technical Institute
Commonwealth Technical Institute is a 2-year, private not-for-profit school offering certificate and associate's degree programs, along with an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio. As part of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the school offers a nursing assistant diploma program at the Hiram G. Andrews Center.
Nurse Aide Diploma
Students enrolled in this 4-month program learn about the ethics and legalities involved in being a CNA. They also study emergency procedures, infection control techniques, rehabilitation methods and proper nutrition. To enroll in this CNA program, each applicant must pass a criminal background check and provide proof of a physical examination and negative TB test. The 448-hour CNA program includes classroom study, along with 170 hours of clinical education in a nursing home setting.