Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in Pennsylvania
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A CNA is a certified nursing assistant, who will assist nurses and medical staff in various areas of patient care. A license to practice in the State of Pennsylvania is required for CNAs, along with a passing score on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing CNA certification exam.
If you are just starting your nursing assistant career you will need to enter into a training program that has been approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. You must also have either a high diploma or a GED and be able to pass a physical for tuberculosis as well a criminal background check.
CNA Training Programs
There are several options for getting your CNA training, whichever you choose, make sure that the course work is accredited by the state of Pennsylvania. The Red Cross administers the exam for certification, and one of their offices may be able to assist you in verifying accredited training facilities. Colleges, universities and vocational schools may offer training and if you know someone who is currently a CNA, you might want to ask them for a recommendation. If you are currently working with a medical employer you should ask if they offer an employee reimbursement educational benefit.
CNA programs consist of educational study and hands on training. The education involves human biology, patient care, hygiene, infection control, and other essential nursing skills needed to help the nurses take care of the patients. You will work with immobilized patients who are unable to move themselves and patients suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Final Certification Exam
You will be tested using both written and practical exams. The written test will assess your comprehension of being a nursing assistance and the medical concepts involved. The practical test involves performing five nursing aide skills, which are selected randomly from a list of 25 essential skills. You must pass both exams to become certified. If you fail, you are able to retake the exam up to 2 additional times, at which point you will be required to re-take the training course.
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List of CNA Classes in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania CNA Certification Schools
Browse our list of Pennsylvania schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.
3 Steps to Pennsylvania CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the Pennsylvania CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the Pennsylvania CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program
Can I work as a CNA in Pennsylvania if I am currently a CNA in another state?
You can apply for a CNA license in Pennsylvania by way of reciprocity through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to apply to have your name added to the Pennsylvania nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by employers.
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