The mission of the Nurse Aide 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 certificate program offered in either a full-time or part-time schedule. Classroom and lab instruction is held at Penn State Hazleton, with clinical skills held at one of two long-term care facilities: Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center or Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
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).
- 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.
Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.
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)
Aug. 16 - Sept. 24
Sept. 13 - Oct. 8
Oct. 18 - Nov. 12
To register or for more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education:
Allied Health Program
Cost is $950 – includes books and Criminal History Record Information Report. Payment plan available!
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.