Nurse Aide

This comprehensive course is designed to train the student in the basic knowledge and skills they will need to care for the elderly. It will prepare students to give personal care and use basic nursing skills, assist with basic emergency care, recognize basic signs and symptoms of common ailments and conditions, how to provide a clean and safe environment and apply the basic principles of infection control. Upon completion of this course, the Nurse Aide Trainee will be eligible to sit for the written and the skills competency testing given by the American Red Cross to be placed on the PA Nurse Aide Registry by Pearson Vue.

*Nursing homes may sponsor qualified candidates in the Luzerne County Community College Nurse Aide Program. You may enroll students by calling the College's Continuing Education Division at 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7495.

For a complete booklet of requirements, call Continuing Education at 1-800-377-5222, ext. 7495.

Reimbursement for Training and Testing
Long-term care nursing facilities are responsible for the full payment of training and testing costs if you are employed or offered employment as a nurse aide at the time you enter a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program. Federal law prohibits these charges from being imposed on you.

If you are NOT employed with a long-term care facility at the time you are accepted into a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program, but become employed or receive an offer of employment within twelve (12) months of completing the program you will be reimbursed by the long-term care facility that employs you. Check with the PA Dept of Health for additional information - (717)787-1816

American Red Cross - Competency Evaluation Program
The American Red Cross is responsible for registration, scheduling and administration of the NNAAP Examination. For information call (800)795-2350.

Enrollment Requirements

Students are to contact the Continuing Education Office in person or call 1 (800) 377-5222 ext. 7495 or ext. 7489 to schedule an Intake Session.

A STUDENT IS NOT GUARANTEED A SPOT IN THE COURSE UNTIL THEY ATTEND AN INTAKE SESSION, MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TRAINING AND THE REQUIRED FORMS ARE COMPLETED.

To be eligible for this program, you must meet certain requirements:

  • Attend a two hour - Intake Session and meet the requirements of the entrance assessment.
  • Completed Continuing Education Application
  • Copy of High School diploma or graduate equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Completed medical history and physical examination
  • 2 step PPD or Chest X-ray
  • Criminal history record check from the PA State Police or an FBI background check if you have not been a Pennsylvania resident for two CONSECUTIVE years
  • Copy of student professional liability certificate of insurance

All paperwork must be in file prior to the start of class. It usually takes between 2 - 4 weeks to complete the entire process.

These programs are designed to allow you to enter the job market with a minimum amount of training time.

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Upcoming Courses

Across the country, as schools, institutions, and businesses reopen, the key to doing so safely and responsibly includes testing and skillful contact tracing based on case identification. Contact tracing expertise will help public agencies quickly track the spread of the coronavirus and help public health departments address and mitigate outbreaks swiftly. This course will help prepare individuals to work as contact tracers for public health and other entities tasked with educating individuals who are identified as contacts with appropriate information to keep themselves and others safe.

LocationStart DateEnd DateDays/TimesSessionsTuitionHoursRegister
Carozza Health Science Center, Building 3109/21/202010/18/2020M-T-W-Th-Sa-Su
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (M through Th-Classroom/Clinical), 7:00a.m.-4p.m. (Sa-Su-Classroom/Clinical)
15$1250120Please call 1-800-377-5222, ext. 7495 for registration details
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