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Nurse Aide

Statewide Noncredit Certificate Course

Registration and Information (includes health form) (pdf) 8/20/13 (pocket folder)
FBI report procedures rev 1/2/13 (pdf)
Nurse Aide Health Examination Form (pdf) (rev 3/13)
Act 14 Prohibitive Offenses from PDE website (rev 1/13)

Nurse Aide Training Classes for 2014 - (Click on your region for dates/times)
Central - Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, York  (rev 1/22/14)
North -Clinton, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry  (rev 2/11/14)
North East - Northampton (rev 5/1/13)
South Central - Lancaster, Lebanon (rev 3/20/14)
South East - Chester, Montgomery (rev 3/19/13
Western Pittsburgh - Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington (rev 12/20/12)

What is a Nurse Aide and is this career for me?
Purpose of the course
Course content
Essential qualifications
Class attendance
Required documents in preparation to attending class
Recommended timeline for completion of required admission paperwork
Dress code
On the first day of class
Refund policy
Veterans Education Benefits
Employment outlook and salary range
Related Websites For Additional Information About The Profession
Nurse Aide Training Program contact information

What is a Nurse Aide and is this career for me?
A nurse aide (NA) (sometimes called a direct care worker) is a very caring person who sees the purpose in his/her life as being to provide care and assistance to residents/patients/clients to keep them comfortable, safe, and in the best state of wellness they can be. These aides always work under the supervision of a licensed nurse. They can work in nursing homes, hospitals, personal care homes to name a few. This is a physically demanding job.

They perform all types of personal care for individuals who cannot care for their physical needs, and must have the ability to understand the aging process. They must have good verbal skills to communicate between the resident and other members of the health care team. They must have a desire to be sensitive to the needs of the aging population.

Some of the basic tasks they perform are:
  • Measuring and recording vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure)
  • Bathing (bed baths, tub baths, whirlpool baths, and showers
  • Dressing (from assisting to total dependent dressing)
  • Toileting (assisting with bedpans and urinals, providing incontinent care as needed, assisting resident to bathroom)
  • Catheter care (emptying drainage bags, recording intake and output)
  • Nourishment (feeding residents, serving meals, assisting with hydration needs)
  • Range of motion exercises and assisting with turning and positioning
  • Assist in transporting residents in wheelchairs and ambulation with walkers and canes
  • Bed making and keeping resident belongings neat and organized
  • Infection control and safety awareness
  • Post mortem care
Aside from these tasks, the one fulfilling opportunity a nurse aide will always have is talking to and listening to the patient/resident. These people are often sick, scared, in pain, confused, sad, lonely, and experiencing very stressful situations. Pills and doctors do not always cure all ills, a listening ear and a hand to hold can often make a world of difference in someone's day and life!

Purpose of the course
The purpose of this course is to provide the long-term care nurse aide student with a basic level of knowledge and skills needed to care for an elderly resident/client as set forth by the profession of nursing and regulated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion of the course, the nurse aide graduates are prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment exam. You must be at least 16 to take this exam.   However many facilities may require employees to be age 18 and have a high school diploma or GED.
Course content
The nurse aide training program is a 120-hour intense training opportunity for those who wish to become certified nurse aides.  The program can take 17 days to 29 evenings to complete but take as little as 3 1/2 weeks depending on the class chosen.   The cost of the program is $898. (Books included.) It includes but is not limited to: nursing theory, infection control, vital signs, personal hygiene, nutrition, resident rights, restorative care, psychosocial, sub-acute, and death and dying. The student benefits from the convenience of on-site training at numerous locations throughout Pennsylvania.   The instructors are State certified, professional and committed to high quality education and training. HACC's nurse aide program is accredited by the PA Department of Education.

Essential qualifications

Class attendance
Mandatory attendance the first 24 program hours of the class. Students must complete the total of 120 hours to receive a “Certificate of Completion.” In the event time is missed for an emergency, the student will be assigned to an additional class session to make-up any missed time. No one will be allowed more than two (2) days of make-up time.

Required documents in preparation to attending class
Prior to the first class date, students must (at your own expense) complete the following and bring documentation of these requirements with you on the first day of class. You will NOT be admitted to the class if these items are not complete.  Nurse Aide Health Examination Form (pdf) (rev 11/12)
  • PHYSICAL - No older than one year from the class start date. Form must be signed by MD, PA, NP or DO (signature of midwife not acceptable).  Documentation of the physical must include that the student is:
    • able to lift 40 pounds to waist level without any physical limitations or restrictions
    • free from communicable disease 
  • PPD - 2-step tuberculin must be administered and results read within one year of the star of the class. A PPD expiring during the course of the class will require an annual (one-step) PPD in addition to proof of the two-step PPD.
    • documentation of two (2) separate PPD tests (include dates and signature when administered and read)
    • second PPD should be administered 7-21 days after the first PPD is read. Both steps must be administered and read prior to the class start date
    • written report of chest x-ray if PPD is positive
  • CHRI - Criminal History Record Information  must be less than one (1) year old from class start date
    • must be a Pennsylvania State Police Background Check. No other state or online record check service will be allowed
    • background check can be obtained through the mail and will take approximately 3-4 weeks to receive results or it can be obtained at the Pennsylvania State Police website: 
      • - If using the Pennsylvania State Police website please be sure to make a note of the control number and once the report is processed you can click on the link that says Certification Page and print the page that contains the Pennsylvania State Seal
      • - If your name has changed after obtaining the background check, proof of report i.e. copy of marriage license or official court documentation.
      • - If you have any questions regarding any items on your background check or have a question concerning the prohibitive offenses, please contact our office at (717) 221-2352.
      • - Act 14 Prohibitive Offenses from PDE website (rev 1/13)
      • - If you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for the past two consecutive years, you are required to complete a Federal Background Check in addition to the PA State Police background check.  It could take up to six weeks to obtain this report.      FBI report procedures

Recommended timeline for completion of required admission paperwork

  • Four  to six (4-6) weeks before class start date request Pennsylvania State Police background check (required) and the Department of Aging FBI check (if required)
  • Three (3) weeks before your scheduled start date have your physical performed
  • Three (3) weeks before your scheduled start date have your first PPD test
  • One (1) week before your scheduled start date have your second PPD test
Dress code  
Purchase all white uniforms or scrubs, shoes and socks, a watch with a second hand, notebook a pen and pencil and a highlighter. After registering for class, a more complete list will be sent to you.

On the first day of class

  • Bring two forms of identification - one must be a photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, government issued ID), the second needs only your signature (ie. credit card)
  • Bring the forms from the physical exam, background check and PPD
Refund policy
All refund/withdrawal requests must be made prior to the start of class in person, writing, or by telephone during normal working hours. Students requesting refunds prior to the first class meeting will receive 100% of all tuition and fees (except those noted as nonrefundable), unless an earlier refund deadline is published or otherwise stated. Students who do not notify the Nurse Aide Office (717-221-1352) of withdrawal from a class by the notification deadline, or are deemed a no call/no show will not receive a refund. No refunds will be issued after the class start date. If you request a refund but owe tuition to the college you will not receive a refund.

Veterans Education Benefits 
Non-credit Healthcare Programs which result in a certificate upon completion are approved for veterans’ education benefits.  VA benefits are based on the length of the class and the number of clock hours per week.  Benefits are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Tuition must be paid in advance since VA benefits are disbursed on a post-payment basis.  Information on veterans’ education benefits is available from the Military and Veterans Affairs Office, Cooper 204B, (717) 780-2331 or e-mail

Employment outlook and salary range
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics for USA - Employment of nurse aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nurse aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Some of these facilities will pay for the training.

Median salary $26,698 for nurse aides in a long term care setting    (Harrisburg Zip Code 17110)
Median salary $29,630 for nurse aides in other healthcare settings  (Harrisburg  Zip Code 17110)
(Per - March 2013) 

Related Websites For Additional Information About The Profession   Salary and job outlook statistics, career video and licensing requirements   Direct Care Alliance is the national advocacy voice of direct care workers in long-term care.   - PA Department of Health - nurse aide registry exam information

Nurse Aide Training Program contact information
Blocker Hall 221
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 221-1352 or (800) 222-4222 ext. 211352

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