With a population of close to 1.6 million, Philadelphia, PA boasts 96 hospitals and over 220 nursing homes and mental health facilities to serve its residents. The senior population accounts for close to 20 percent of the total population, and as the population continues to age, there’s a growing need for CNAs. In order to meet demand, a growing number of nurse aide training providers are opening their doors to new students, offering both free and paid programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Health approves nurse aide training programs and maintains a registry of certified nurse aides. In order to obtain state certification, you must complete at least 100 hours of clinical and classroom training at one of the Department of Health’s-accredited providers. Below, you’ll find a list of approved trainers in Philadelphia. For specific information about prerequisites for training or exemption from training, you should contact the Board of Nursing.
Community College of Philadelphia
The Community College of Philadelphia prepares students for a career in health care with 120 hours of classroom lectures, lab skills, and clinical practicum. Deadline for registration is two weeks before the class commences and you must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and pass a reading comprehension and math test in order to enroll. In order to qualify for the clinical practicum, you must pass a criminal background check, physical exam, and tuberculosis test. All documents must be submitted two years prior to the commencement of classes. The state-approved curriculum covers topics such as resident rights, abuse and neglect prevention, role and functions of nurse aides, communication skills, personal care skills, vital signs, and observation. Graduates are eligible to take the state board exam. Students complete the 120-hour course in approximately 8 weeks – Saturdays only. Tuition is $1,395 plus $100 for the textbook.
- Website: http://www.ccp.edu/academic-offerings/professional-development
- Address: 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Phone: (215) 751-8000
Prism Health Aide Training
Prism Health Aide Training offers affordable tuition and flexible payment plans for all students. Applicants must pass the school’s entrance exam as a prerequisite to enrollment. The supportive staff not only prepares students for the state certification exam and their role as entry-level nurse assistants, but also offers job placement assistance to all successful graduates. The curriculum covers classroom, lab, and clinical hands-on training in just five weeks. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
- Website: http://cna-education.com/
- Address: 8040 Roosevelt Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19152
- Phone: 1-888-966-8146
American Red Cross
Enroll in the Red Cross’nurse aide training, and you’ll learn nursing skills that will help you pass the state’s certification exam and excel as an entry-level employee. Skilled and caring instructors cover topics such as pulse rate, respirations, nursing skills, recording patients’ blood pressure and much more during the 4-week, state-approved program. During the mandatory clinical experience, students assist residents in a nursing home with hygiene, toileting, exercise, and other activities of daily living. As a prerequisite to enrollment, you must attend the mandatory orientation, pass a reading test, complete a physical exam and 2-step Mantoux, and be at least 16 years old. Tuition is $1,300 inclusive of course materials and textbooks. Students must provide uniforms and a watch with a second hand. Financial aid is available in the form of grants for qualifying persons.
- Website: http://www.redcross.org/pa/philadelphia/local-classes/nursing-assistant-training
- Address: Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
- 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Phone: (215) 299-4000
New Courtland Education
Through its Ladder of Opportunity program, NewCourtland Senior Services affords employees and prospective employees the opportunity to pursue their desire to become a part of a health care team. The training covers general and specialist nurse aide training. Key features of the program include tuition reimbursement for graduates, scholarship opportunities, and stipends for employees who plan to advance to licensed nursing careers. The nurse aide training offers 120 hours of instruction and teaches students how to provide hands-on care and meet residents’ needs.
- Website: http://www.newcourtland.org/education-and-workforce-development/ladder-of-opportunity.html
- Address: 6950 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Phone: (215) 951-4401
Holy Redeemer Health
Holy Redeemer offers nurse aide training in collaboration with the Southeastern Chapter of the American Red Cross. The training, targeted to employees and prospective employees takes place at Holy Redeemer’s St. Joseph Manor. During the 4-week training, students participate in clinical hands-on training where they care for residents at the Manor. Contact Holy Redeemer to find out about opportunities for sponsorship.
- Website: http://www.holyredeemer.com/Main/WhyHolyRedeemer.aspx
- Address: 8580 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111
- Phone: (215) 214-2860
Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute
The Philadelphia Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training for prospective nurse aides. Students get at least 120 hours of instruction and receive a living allowance throughout the program. Job Corps also provides a transitional allowance for graduates and help with job placement. Throughout the program, students must adhere to the dress code – administrators provide medical scrubs for enrolled students.
- Website: https://philadelphia.jobcorps.gov/node/15
- Address: 2810 S. 20th St, Philadelphia PA 19145
- Phone: (215) 471-9693
Mercy Vocational High
Mercy Vocational High’s nurse assistant training, designed for high school students, prepares them for careers in the health care industry. Students learn through lectures, clinical exposure, and lab practice over a 3-year period and are prepared to enter the world of work after graduating from high school. Students can challenge the state certification exam at the end of their junior year and receive both a nurse aide and CPR certification upon graduation.
- Website: http://mercyvocational.finalsite.com/cte-programs/nursing-assistant-training-programs-clone
- Address: 2900 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129-1803
- Phone: (215) 226-1225
Fair Acres Geriatric Center
Fair Acres CNA Training Program is a free training program designed to train potential employees interested in working as nursing assistants. The program has the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and offers 120 hours of classroom, skills lab, and clinical instruction covered in 4 weeks. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tardiness and absenteeism will result in dismissal from the program. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to sit the Certification Test administered by the American Red Cross. Some graduates will be offered employment at Fair Acres. Applicants must be 18 years or older and submit a written program application, the pre-employment application. Pass the reading and comprehension test, complete a physical exam and TB test, and secure background clearance.
- Website: http://www.fairacres.org/cnatraining.html
- Address: 340 N. Middletown Road, Lima, PA. 19037
- Phone: 267-760-7887
- Fax: 610-891-4859.
- E-mail: [email protected]
Reading Area Community College
Nursing assistant students complete the program in just six months and become eligible to take the Pennsylvania State Competency Exam. The curriculum covers 128 hours of classroom lectures, skills lab, and clinical experiences at a long-term care facility. Course topics include medical terminology, basic nursing skills, communication and interpersonal relationships, nutrition and feeding personal hygiene, infection control, vital signs, and rehabilitation and restorative techniques among others. The program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.
- Website: https://www.racc.edu/academics/medical-occupational-training
- Address: 10 South Second Street, Reading, PA 19603
- Phone: 610-372-4721
District 1199C Training Fund
The nursing assistant training program at the Training Fund is a 152-hour course covered in 16 weeks. The curriculum features classroom instruction, laboratory experience, and clinical training at a long-term care facility. CPR training and certification are also included in the program. Graduates are eligible to take the state competency exam, administered by the American Red Cross, to be placed on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry. Applicants between the ages of 17 and 24 may qualify for free nurse assistant training if they are Philadelphia residents and have a high school diploma or GED.
- Website: http://www.1199ctraining.org/classes-offered
- Address: 100 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19110
- Phone: 215-568-2220
Other state-approved training providers include:
Allied Tech Institute of Philadelphia
426 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Cathedral Village School
600 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Health and Technical Training Institute
100 S. Broad St. 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
New World Business
9857 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Olney Northeastern Institute Inc
800 West Olney Avenue 1st, Philadelphia, PA 19120
Professional Nurses Services Training Center
6334 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138