CNA Classes Philadelphia, PA

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 124 hours of classroom lectures, lab skills, and clinical practicum. 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. A review and final exam are included at the end of the program. Graduates are eligible to take the state board exam. Daytime and evening classes are available. Day classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in the classroom and Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm for the clinical rotations. The duration is two weeks. The evening classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9:45 pm for both classroom and clinical sessions. The duration is 5 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a general physical exam
  • Obtain a negative 2-step test for TB
  • Must undergo a criminal background check
  • Complete the Pennsylvania Residency Verification Form
  • Submit all required documents two weeks before the start of class

Tuition and fees cost $1,495. The cost of the textbook, uniform, physical exam, background check, immunization, and TB test must be covered by the student.

Prism Health Aide Training

Prism Health Aide Training offers affordable tuition and flexible payment plans for all students. 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. Areas of study include the role of the nurse aide, infection control, body structure and function, medical terminology, safety and emergency procedures, range of motion exercises, death and dying, communication and interpersonal skills, personal care, nutrition, and Alzheimer’s care. Morning, late morning, and evening schedules are available.

Admission criteria:

  • Must pass the school’s entrance exam
  • No high school diploma or GED is required for entrance
  • Pass a physical exam including a TB test
  • Submit to a drug screen and background check

Affordable tuition and job placement assistance are available for all students.

  • Website:
  • Address: 8040 Roosevelt Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19152
  • Phone: 215-329-1322

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. The training will also gain educational preparation in phlebotomy, EKG testing, and medical assisting. It covers more hours than a traditional nurse aide program to help students easily transition from high school to the health care setting. Students can apply to take the state certification exam at the end of their junior year and receive both a nurse aide and CPR certification upon graduation. They will be eligible for full-time or part-time employment in nursing homes and admission to nursing programs in a two-year or four-year college.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application online
  • Submit report cards for the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades
  • Submit a recommendation from a teacher
  • Take the entrance test
  • Attend an interview with an admission representation

Tuition for high school students to attend Mercy High School is $6975 per year.

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.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Attend a CNA information session
  • Must have a valid photo ID and social security card
  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Submit a pre-employment application
  • Take and pass a test assessing reading rate and comprehension
  • Obtain state and federal police clearance
  • Complete a physical exam through a licensed physician
  • Obtain a negative 2-step TB test

Tuition is free for candidates accepted to the program. Completing the program does not guarantee employment by Fair Acres.

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 120 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.

Admission criteria:

  • Complete the online admissions application or request a paper application
  • Register for the nurse assistant class
  • Complete the non-degree registration form
  • Pay the tuition by the due date
  • Purchase the course textbook
  • Obtain a student ID and parking tag

Tuition for the program is $1,390.

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.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to pass a physical
  • Take and pass the Admissions Test
  • Have no felonies or disqualifying misdemeanors
  • Must commit to attend all classes
  • Be eligible for CareerLink

Tuition is free for the program. The training will also include free transportation, uniforms, textbooks, diagnostic set, financial coaching, and job placement.

Entry-Level Nurse Aide

Entry Level Nurse Aide hosts a 120-hour program to prepare adults to meet the need for compassionate caretakers in long-term facilities. Licensed nurse instructors conduct classroom sessions, practical labs, and supervised patient care experiences in a skilled nursing facility. The instruction will cover medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, basic nursing skills, personal care, infection control, range of motion exercises, safety and emergency, long-term care, mental health, patients’ rights and independence, legal and ethical concepts, and hospice care. Graduates of the state-approved program will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to apply to take the state certification exam administered by the American Red Cross. Morning and evening classes are available. The morning class meets from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The evening class meets from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Registration takes place one week before the start of classes.

Admission criteria:

  • Attend a Nurse Aide Information Session
  • Must have a valid ID and social security card
  • Must complete physical and two-step TB test

Tuition for the program is $1,300. A flexible payment plan is available for all students.

Penn Asian Senior Services

Penn Asian prepares adults for employment at a healthcare institution, especially in long-term care. More than 80 percent of graduates have gone on to secure employment after graduation. The 120-hour training includes 52 hours of direct patient care in a nursing facility. Training will include basic nursing skills, mental health and social service needs, basic restorative skills, resident rights, caring for cognitively impaired residents, personal care skills, and infection control. Nurse aide students will also complete four hours of CPR & AED training and certification. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the state certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide. Evening and weekend schedules are available.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a photo ID showing PA address
  • Pass a CHRI (criminal background check)
  • Submit an up-to-date resume
  • Present a 2-paragraph statement indication reason for choosing to be a nurse aide
  • Have a high school diploma or GED or submit a completed Education Attestation Form
  • Provide documentation indicating eligibility for employment in the US
  • Submit results of a 2-step PPD test
  • Submit a statement signed by a physician certifying the absence of communicable disease
  • Complete the Hepatitis B Vaccination Acknowledgment Form

Tuition for the program is $850. Registration costs $100.

Pennsylvania Academy for Nurse Aide Training (PANAT)

PANAT prepares adults for the Nurse Aide Registry exam and for employment as a Nurse Aide. Theory and practical instruction will cover the role and function of the nurse aide, communication, nutrition, infection control, personal care, client environment, safety and emergency, conditions of the body system, personal care skills, client rights and independence, care of the cognitively impaired, restorative skills, CPR and First Aid, behavioral health, and review of theory. Students will participate in a clinical rotation to apply the skills covered in the classroom. Graduates will receive a Diploma in Nurse Aide Training as well as certifications in CPR and First Aide and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. The duration of the program is four weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be 17 years or older
  • Demonstrate a minimum 5th-grade reading level by passing an entrance assessment
  • Must be able to perform simple math at the 7th-grade level
  • Submit a completed (by a physician) Physical Exam/Health Form indicating good health with no communicable diseases and ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Must complete a satisfactory TB test (2-step PPD or chest x-ray)
  • Pass a criminal background check with no felonies or other prohibitive offenses

Job placement assistance is available to graduates.

Health and Technical Training Institute

The Nurse Aide Program at HTTI prepares adults for state certification. The program exceeds the state’s requirements by delivering 152 hours of theory and practical training. The additional hours seek to provide students with a rounded skill set to provide competent care in various health care settings. Areas of study include the role of the nurse aide, medical terminology, infection control, nutrition, common diseases, basic nursing skills, measuring vital signs, observation and reporting, mental health and social services, and safety and emergency. Students must commit to attend all classes since absenteeism and tardiness will result in dismissal from the program.

Admission criteria:

  • Attend an information/testing session
  • Must take and pass the admission test
  • Submit a satisfactory physical exam – a licensed physician must complete the medical clearance form
  • Must have no felonies or qualifying misdemeanors

The cost of attendance is $1,325. The textbook is $63. Additional costs include lab supply, criminal background check, name badge, blood pressure cuff, CPR certification, stethoscope, uniform, shoes, and PA State Competency Exam.

  • Website:
  • Address: 100 S. Broad St. 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Phone: 215 568-2220

Other state-approved training providers include:

Allied Tech Institute of Philadelphia

426 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134
215 423-1000

Cathedral Village School

600 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128
215 984-8671


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