Nurse aides are compassionate individuals who want to help those in need. At HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, we will help you meet your career goal in this 120-hour program. Our program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
With a certificate, you will be able to complete basic tasks required to care for patients in:
Under the supervision of a nurse, you may:
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Our program is intense but satisfying. You can complete the program in 17 days or up to 29 evenings depending on which class you choose.
Attendance during the first 24 class hours is mandatory or you will be dismissed immediately from the program. After the first 24 class hours, missed time must be made up. Also, you must complete the full 120 hours and score at least a 75 percent on each written exam to receive the certificate of completion. The recommended study time is 30 minutes for every hour of class. You should expect to study for three-and-a-half hours after seven hours of class.
We design the program to prepare you to take the Pennsylvania State Certification Exam for Nurse Aides and the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam (administered by Pearson Vue). You must be at least 16 years old to take this exam.
Additionally, the following are requirements of you prior to the start of class and are at your own expense:
The nurse aide health examination form must be completed.
Upon completing your certificate, you can continue your education and earn an associate degree at HACC! Our healthcare programs, among others, may be of interest.
When you complete your associate degree, you can transfer HACC credits to a four-year school.
We offer on-site training at many locations throughout Pennsylvania.
Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and deadlines.
Please view the schedules listed under “Where can I complete this program?” to determine when it is best to apply and select the class in which you have interest. Please have a second choice in case your first choice is full. You also may call 717-780-2414 to register. Please have your Visa or MasterCard ready.
If you have not had a physical exam, two-step PPD (Tuberculin) test and criminal history background check in the past year, these are the recommended timelines to complete the steps before your nurse aide class begins: