Nurse Aide Program

Nurse Aide Program

Session begins Monday, August 27, 2018

Program Mission

The mission of the Nurse Aide (NA) program is to prepare students to provide safe and therapeutic care in the role of a nurse aide. Students are then prepared to take the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Test. Upon passing the Competency Evaluation test and gaining a position in long-term care, the graduate will be added to the PA Nurse Aide Registry.  

Job opportunities are prevalent with long-term nursing facilities.

This is a 128-hour program with an additional 5-hour CPR course certificate program. The program is a 27-day course with 15 days spent in classroom instruction at Penn State Hazleton and the remaining 12 days in a clinical setting at either Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center or Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Nurse Aide Overview  

The nurse aide program is designed for individuals seeking enrollment on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry. Upon successful completion, students will have the skills necessary for the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide written (or oral) examination and skills evaluation, the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP).

Education Information

  • Nurse aide students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED
  • Students are required to complete 128 hours of classroom and clinical instruction
  • In addition to facilitating a nurse aide position, this course is ideal for student interested in pursuing a future in Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA), Practical Nursing (PN) or nursing (RN) programs.  

Course Topics

The following detailed topics are covered throughout the nurse aide program:

  • Introduction to health care
  • Basic nursing and personal care skills
  • Restorative care
  • Behavioral health and social service needs
  • Care of cognitively impaired clients (residents)


Classroom instruction will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clinical instruction will be held Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Classes begin Monday, August 27 and run through Wednesday, October 3, 2018. No class on Monday, September 3.

Program Cost

$950 – includes books, Criminal History Record Information Report and CPR certification.

Payment plan available! Call 570-450-3541 or 570-450-3110 for more information.

All students who pay for the nurse aide training and competency evaluation program (NATCEP) are entitled to be reimbursed when they become employed by a long-term care facility within 12 months of completing the nurse aide training program. Reimbursement will be made on a pro-rated basis and is only done one time.


Register now

Please note: Due to the required clearances for this program, the registration deadline is August 14.

For assistance with registering or applying for the payment plan, please call 570-450-3541 or 570-450-3110.


For additional information, contact the Office of Continuing Education.

Amanda Gallagher
Program Coordinator – Nurse Aide