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Nurse Aide

Nurse Aide Training Program

Learn more about our nurse aide course offered statewide. Successful completion of this course prepares you to take the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Competency Exam and enroll in the Nurse Aide registry for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Download a brochure (pdf)
 

COVID-19 Immunization Requirements of Clinical Facilities

 
When and where are the classes held?

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

Due to the current Covid-19 situation all Nurse Aide Training Programs are currently in the process of being rescheduled.

Please check back for schedule updates. If you have questions, please contact the Nurse Aide Training Program at nurseaide@hacc.edu or by phone at 717-221-1352.

Please visit www.hacc.edu/coronavirus for more information.

View upcoming class schedules

View the Central Region Class Offerings:

View the North Region Class Offerings:

  • Dauphin County Premier at Susquehanna Village Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Lycoming County Rose View Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Mifflin County Valley View Haven Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Montour County Emmanuel Center Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Northumberland County Manor Care Sunbury Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Northumberland County Mountain View Nursing Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Northumberland County Nottingham Village Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Union County Riverwoods Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location

View the South Central Class Offerings:

  • Lancaster County HACC Lancaster Campus Schedule 
  • Lancaster County Landis Homes Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
  • Lancaster County Maple Farm Schedule - Classes are not currently available at this location
How do I register for the class?
  • Download the Information Packet (pdf). It includes general information, admission criteria, essential qualifications, registration form and health form.
  • Select the class you are interested in and have a second choice in case your first choice is already full.
  • Call 717-780-2414 to register. Have your Visa or MasterCard ready.
  • Email nurseaide@hacc.edu if you have additional questions.
  • Required Admission Paperwork:

    • All admission paperwork MUST be completed within one year of the start date of your class
    • PA State Police Background Check - must be for employment purposes, not volunteer
    • Health Examination (physical) – this form is included in the Information packet
    • Two-step PPD (Tuberculin) test – refer to the Health Examination form for specific details on how to complete the Two-step PPD accurately
    • Federal Bureau Investigation Report (FBI) – ONLY REQUIRED if you have not been a PA resident for the last two consecutive years
    • If your admission requirements (mentioned above) are not dated within one year of the start date of your class, you must obtain new documentation.
What do nurse aides do?

Nurse aides (NAs, direct care workers) perform various duties under the supervision of a nurse. They:

  • Provide care and assist clients who cannot care for themselves
  • Measure and record vital signs
  • Assist clients with bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting
  • Care for clients with catheters
  • Provide range of motion exercises
  • Transport clients in wheelchairs, make beds
  • Provide infection control and safety awareness
  • Provide post-mortem care

 

How much does the program cost?

The program costs $1268. This includes books.

 

Will I be eligible for credentials?

Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam (administered by Pearson Vue) You must be at least 16 to take this exam.

 

How long does the program take to complete? Where are the classes held?
  • HACC offers on-site training at numerous locations throughout Pennsylvania.
  • It is an intense 120-hour training program. It can take 18 days to 26 evenings to complete based on which class you choose.
  • Students must complete the full 120 hours and score at least 75% on each written exam to receive the certificate of completion
  • Please note that 100% attendance is required for the classroom and lab portion of the program You cannot be absent at any time from the first day of class (Orientation Day) up through the start of clinical. Any time missed during this timeframe will result in dismissal from the program with NO refund.
  • Recommended study time is 30 minutes for every hour of class. Expect to study for 3.5 hours the evening after a 7-hour class day.

 

What are the program admission criteria?
  • This is a non-credit course. You are not required to submit a college application, school transcripts or placement testing results.
  • Download and submit a completed Nurse Aide Health Examination Form (also in the Information Packet above)  (pdf). 
  • Obtain a two-step tuberculin test (PPD) (See instructions in the Information Packet).
  • Obtain a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check.  (See instructions in the Information Packet.)
    • If you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for the past two consecutive years or have been convicted in another state (no matter how many years ago) of any of the offenses listed on the Prohibitive Offense List, you must complete and obtain a FBI report in addition to the PA State Police background check.
    • Download Procedure For Obtaining an FBI Report  (pdf) 
  • HACC does not require it, but many facilities require employees to be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
     
Is the program accredited?

The Nurse Aide Training Program is approved by the PA Department of Education.

 

How can I get more information?

 

Who can I contact for more information?

Nurse Aide Training Program 
nurseaide@hacc.edu
Midtown I
1523 North Fourth Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102   
717-221-1352
View directions from Harrisburg Campus (Google Maps).