CNA Certification in PA with School Information

Nov 08, 2018

Pennsylvania has roughly five schools that offer certified nursing assistant programs. Get some information about the programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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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 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.

  • York County School of Technology is located in York, just south of Harrisburg, 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.

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.

York County School of Technology Commonwealth Technical Institute
School Type <2-year, public 2-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 104 183
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Small suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $15,130 $16,836
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 88% 52%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions) 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2017)* 66% for full-time students 90% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014)* 63% 83%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

York County School of Technology

York County School of Technology is located in York, PA. It offers programs in seven different departments and has programs specifically for adult students returning to school to pursue nursing careers. This school also has sports teams that can be joined with a physical exam.

Nurses Aide Course

Students in this nurse aide program learn to take vital signs and keep up the with daily living activities of patients. There is an entrance exam that requires a score of at least 75%, and students must also take a physical exam and submit a drug screening and background check. Students must be 17 years or older and live in Pennsylvania for at least two years prior to applying.

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 348-hour CNA program includes classroom study, along with 96 hours of clinical education in a nursing home setting.

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