Programs And Courses

Nurse Aide

Nurse Aide

Learn about our Nurse Aide statewide non-credit certificate course.

When and where does HACC hold classes?

  • Download the Central listing for Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties (pdf, rev 7/23/14).
  • Download the North listing for Clinton, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland and Perry counties (pdf, rev 7/23/14).
  • Download the South Central listing for Lancaster and Lebanon counties (pdf, rev 8/12/14).

HACC offers on-site training at numerous locations throughout Pennsylvania.  


What is a nurse aide?

A nurse aide (NA, direct care worker) performs various duties. You must:

  • Provide care and assistance to clients who cannot care for themselves.
  • Measure and record vital signs.
  • Bathe and dress clients.
  • Assist with toileting.
  • Care for clients with catheters.
  • Feed clients.
  • Provide range of motion exercises.
  • Transport clients in wheelchairs.
  • Make beds.
  • Provide infection control and safety awareness.
  • Provide post-mortem care.
  • Work under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
  • Understand the aging process.
  • Have good verbal skills. You will communicate between the client and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of the aging population.

Nurse Aides can work in a variety of settings. These include:

  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Personal care homes


How much do nurses aides make?

The Harrisburg median salary for nurse aides in a long-term care setting is $26,698 as of March 2013.

The Harrisburg median salary for nurse aides in other settings is $29,630 as of March 2013.

Visit www.salary.com for more information on local salaries.


What is the employment outlook?

There is a growing elderly population. This population will need nurse aides, orderlies and attendants.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. expects the employment of nurse aides, orderlies and attendants to grow. The bureau expects it to grow by 20% from 2010 to 2020. This is faster than the average for all occupations.


What is the goal of the HACC Nurse Aide program?

Students will gain basic knowledge and skills. They will learn how to care for elderly residents and clients.

  • This program follows the criteria set by the nursing profession.
  • The Commonwealth of PA regulates these criteria.

This is a PA Department of Education approved Nurse Aide Training Program.


What does the program cover?

The program covers:

  • Nursing theory
  • Infection control
  • Vital signs
  • Personal hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Resident rights
  • Restorative care
  • Psychosocial
  • Sub-acute
  • Death and dying


How do I enroll in the program?

You must bring documentation to the first day of class. You will NOT be admitted to the class if these items are not complete.  

You are responsible for any fees associated with this documentation. Documentation includes:

  • Physical
    • Complete it within one year of class start date. 
    • A MD, PA, NP or DO must sign the form. A midwife signature is not acceptable.  
    • The physical documentation must include a statement. The statement must confirm you are able to lift 40 pounds to waist level without any physical limitations. It must also confirm you are free from communicable disease. 
  • PPD -two-step tuberculin
    • Both steps must be administered and read prior to class start date.
    • Must be administered and read within one year of class start date.
    • 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 must include two separate PPD tests. These must include dates and signature.
    • Second PPD should be administered seven to 21 days after the first PPD is read.
    • You must provide a written report of chest x-ray if PPD is positive.
    • If PPD is not given, you must provide proof of lab results from the IGRA blood test. This test, with negative results, will be accepted if PPDs are not completed.
  • CHRI - Criminal History Record Information 
    • Must be less than one year old from class start date.
    • Must be a Pennsylvania State Police Background Check. We do not allow any other state or online record check service.
    • You can get a background check online or through the mail. It will take approximately three to four weeks to receive results. Complete the check online at the Pennsylvania State Police website . Make a note of the control number. Click on the "Certification Page" link. You can print the page that contains the Pennsylvania State Seal.
    • You will need a proof of report if your name changed after obtaining a background check. Proof of report can be a copy of marriage license or official court documentation.
    • If you have not been a full-time resident of Pennsylvania for the past two consecutive years or have been convicted of a crime other than in Pennsylvania and it is listed on the (Nurse Aide) Prohibitive Offense list, you are required to complete a Federal Background Check in addition to the PA State Police Background Check.  You must follow the " Procedure for Obtaining a FBI Report."

Call (717) 221-1352 if you have questions.

If you have not been a resident of PA for the past two consecutive years, you must complete a Federal Background Check. This is in addition to the PA State Police background check. It could take up to six weeks to obtain this report.     

When should I complete the required admission paperwork?

HACC recommends the following timeline:

  • Four to six weeks before class start date-- Request PA State Police background check (required). Request a Department of Aging FBI check (if required).
  • Three weeks before class start date -- Get your physical. Get your first PPD test.
  • One week before class start date -- Get your second PPD test.


What items do I need for the program?

You will need to purchase items for class. You will receive a complete list of required items following class registration.

Preliminary items include:

  • White uniforms or scrubs
  • White shoes and socks
  • A watch with a second hand
  • A notebook
  • A pen, pencil and highlighter


What should I bring to the first day of class?

Bring the following items to the first day of class:

  • Two forms of identification: One must be a photo ID with signature. The second only needs your signature.
  • Your physical exam, background check and PPD forms.


What is the refund policy?

You can make a refund/withdrawal request:

  • In person
  • By writing
  • By calling during normal working hours

To receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees, you must:

  • Request a refund prior to the first class meeting or the refund deadline.

You will not receive any refunds for nonrefundable fees. You will not receive a refund if you:

  • Do not notify the Nurse Aide Office of your withdrawal.
  • Are deemed a no-call/no-show.
  • Owe HACC tuition.


How long does the program take?

It is a 120-hour intense training program. It can take 17 days to 29 evenings to complete.

It takes as little as three and a half weeks total to complete. Time varies based on which classes you choose.  


What is the attendance policy?

The first 24 program hours are mandatory attendance. Students must complete 120 hours to receive a completion certificate.

HACC will assign an additional class session to make-up the time for emergency absences. We do not allow more than two days of make-up time.


How much does the program cost?

The program costs $898. This includes books.


Can I receive veterans education benefits for this program?

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines benefits. 
  • The VA approves veterans' education benefits for non-credit healthcare programs. These programs must result in a certificate upon completion. 
  • The VA bases benefits on the length of the class and the number of weekly clock hours. 
  • The VA provides benefits on a post-payment basis. You must pay tuition in advance.

For more information on veterans' education benefits, contact: 

Military and Veterans Affairs Office
(717) 780-2331
Cooper 204B


What credentials can I earn?

You will be prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment exam after successful completion of the program.

You must be at least 16 to take this exam.  Many facilities require employees to be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.


Where can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information?

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