How to Become a CNA in Pennsylvania

Starting your career as a certified nursing assistant in Pennsylvania only requires three simple steps. The first step is to locate an educational institution, hospital or care facility that offers a state approved cna training program. After enrolling in the education program and completing the required number of course hours according to Pennsylvania state guidelines, the individual will then register to take the cna certification exam. The exam includes a combination of written multiple choice questions and a hands-on practical skills section. Upon successful completion of both parts of the exam the individual may apply to have their cna license mailed to them so that they can begin working as a nursing assistant.

Many nurse aides choose to continue their education at a later date to become either a practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). For those who enjoy the career of nursing and want to increase their earnings potential and take on a greater variety of functions in their job duties these two can be excellent options.

Training to become a cna can be completed in as little as a few weeks. Many hospitals, long-term care centers and assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania offer career training programs for individuals who are willing to work at that particular facility upon receiving their cna certification. These types of programs are usually paid for by the institution and offered to interested students free of cost in exchange for a specified tenure of employment.

Schools That Offer CNA Classes in Pennsylvania

  • Gain Knowledge and Skills While You Earn Your Nursing Degree at Fortis!

Programs:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting - Diploma
  • And more...
Locations: Grand Prairie

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Allentown
  • Kaplan University Online Degree Programs
  • Attend college on your terms. Kaplan University offers fully online degree programs that fit any schedule.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • MS in Nursing
  • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • And more...

Why Brightwood?

Real-World Training

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood Career Institute focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting - Associate
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Harrisburg

At YTI Career Institute, we are your beacon—brightening your future outlook and lighting your path to a rewarding career. As a YTI student, you’ll enjoy five advantages:

1. Industry-modeled training in Trades and Technical, Computers, Business, Medical, Culinary Arts or Criminal Justice.

2. Accelerated programs you can complete in as few as 9 months.

3. Energized, student-centered faculty who provide personalized instruction.

4. Financial Aid assistance for those who qualify.

5. Career Services assistance through your Career Services Specialist.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assisting - Diploma
Locations: LancasterAltoonaYork
  • Liberty University's online programs ranked in the top 5 of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level**
  • No standardized testing if you meet admission requirements
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned
  • *BestColleges.com Gold Medal of Distinction **excludes licensure, certification, and some doctoral programs

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
A Tradition of Excellence since 1918

No matter what occupation you choose to pursue, the competition for a good job is fierce. Lansdale School of Business (LSB) can help you stand out from the rest by teaching you the specific skills you need to succeed in the career you desire.

Programs:

  • Associate Degree-Medical Assistant
Locations: Phoenixville
  • Nursing Degree Programs from Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing & Health Care Professions
  • Degree Variety: GCU offers a full-spectrum of nursing programs including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-master’s certificates.
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu-accreditation).
  • GCU provides a Christian environment that provides an opportunity for you to embrace a holistic approach to caring for patients: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Depending on the degree you choose, you could take online, evening, or on-campus classes. Speak with an enrollment counselor to discuss your options!

Programs:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current and relevant.
  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • ABHES-accredited:  An  advantage upon graduation
  • Short-term education:  Programs range from 10 months to 2 years
  • Blackboard Learn mobile allows students to complete assignments on the go.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Medical Administrative Assistant

Berks Technical Institute (BTI) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training.  Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to begin your career.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting - Associate in Specialized Business
  • Dental Assisting - Associate in Specialized Technology
Locations: Reading

Pennsylvania CNA Career Links

Nursing Assistant Jobs
CNA Job Description
Nursing Assistant Salary


Online CNA Training Programs


Kaplan University Online
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Walden University Online
Kaplan Healthcare

National Directory of CNA Training Courses