CNA Classes in PA with Course Descriptions

Nov 09, 2018

Research certified nursing assistant (CNA) classes and programs in Pennsylvania, which currently has about 16 schools offering these studies. Read overviews of the courses and programs and get some quick facts for two PA schools to decide which program is right for you.

PA Schools Offering CNA Classes

Universities and community colleges in Pennsylvania have certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs available at the undergraduate level. These programs combine classroom and hands-on work and may award students a certificate upon completion. Graduates are eligible to take professional certification exams. In addition, students who have completed CNA training may be able to apply their credits to a nursing degree.

Learn more about PA postsecondary institutions providing these types of programs. Read about curricula details and levels of study. Find helpful facts about these schools in the table below.

  • Students of Delaware County Community College, based about 25 miles west of downtown Philadelphia, can earn a nursing assistant certificate.
  • Located in Johnstown, Commonwealth Technical Institute is part of the Hiram G. Andrews Center, which works to provide individuals with certification for employment opportunities.

Comparison of Schools

It is just as important to choose the right school as it is to choose the right program when seeking to train as a CNA. Read about these schools' campus sizes, populations, tuition costs and retention and graduation rates.

Delaware County Community College Commonwealth Technical Institute
School Type 2-year, public 2-year private
Total Enrollment (2017)* 11,030 183
Campus Setting Large suburb Small suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $5,291 (in district)
$9,075 (in state)
$12,830 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 66% 52%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* Open enrollment Open enrollment
Retention Rate (2017)* 58% for full-time students, 39% part-time students 90% for full-time students
Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014)* 17% 83%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Delaware County Community College

Founded in 1967, Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a 2-year public college located in Media, PA. In addition to certificate and associate's degree programs, DCCC also offers online learning, cooperative education and transfer degrees. The nursing assistant program at DCCC provides experience with the practices and techniques required to become a CNA in Pennsylvania.

Nursing Aide Program

The nursing aide program is offered through DCCC's Division of Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing. Students enrolled in this 133-hour nursing aide course at DCCC complete sections covering emergency procedures and prevention, nutritional and special diet preparation, effective communication techniques and the social needs of the residents under care. Emphasis is also on principles and ethics, such as supporting resident independence and respecting residents' rights.

In addition to coursework, participants also complete a 60-hour clinical education at a local hospital or long-term facility. The DCCC nursing assistant course is approved under Pennsylvania state guidelines and educational requirements. Graduates can choose to expand upon their CNA training by earning the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing offered at DCCC, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Commonwealth Technical Institute

The Commonwealth Technical Institute is an accredited college located within the Hiram G. Andrews Center. This school offers vocational and rehabilitative training to those looking for life and professional skills.

Nurse Aide Program

The Commonwealth Technical Institute offers a nurse aide program through its Department of Labor and Industry. This program is one term, or four months, and requires 348 hours of time. This is a limited acceptance course, meaning only ten students are admitted at a time. In order to enter the program, you must be physically fit, able to move, push, bend, and carry at least 40 lbs. There are a total of five courses in this program: intro to healthcare, restorative care, mental health, personal care skills, and the clinical training.

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