Are you good with people? Compassionate and driven? Believe that people of all ages deserve care and respect? Learn how to become a Certified Nurse Aide and take the first step towards a career in the medical field!
No, classes are not free. CNA classes cost $1300 and HHA classes cost $595. However, we are only PA Department of Education certified program in Philadelphia that offers students payment plans.
CNA class sessions run for 4 weeks and HHA class session runs for 3 weeks. Classes are 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Morning and evening classes are offered to accommodate working adults. Upon successful completion of our program, you will receive a Certificate of Training and will be prepared to take the State Board Exam. Additionally, we provide free job placement assistance to graduating students.
Our program prepares you to work in a variety of medical settings including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, hospitals, and (client's) personal homes. You learn the necessary academics and receive hands on training from licensed nurses to prepare you to care for the elderly. You'll be responsible for gathering crucial information about the patients health, checking vital signs, and assist with their basic quality of life needs. Bathing, dressing, cooking, feeding, general home tidiness, monitoring blood pressure and general health, and assisting with range of motion exercises are all included in the responsibilities of a CNA.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis and must be completed two weeks prior to the beginning of class. You need $100 to register and must attend an orientation a week prior to the first day of class. You will need to get a physical and two part PPD in order to qualify for the State Board Exam. Please note the physical and PPD is an extra out of pocket expense you should be prepared to pay.
A partial or full payment must be made two weeks prior to your first class. We accept cash and money order. We can work with you to set up a payment plan, however we do not offer class discounts. Please look on our Pricing page to see the payment plan schedule.
A certified nurses assistant, also known as a CNA, provides basic personal and medical care to patients. They assist in a patients personal care in the same manner as an HHA. They ensure the high standard of living for the patient is maintained in their daily life. This includes food, cleanliness, exercise, health, as well as their physical, cognitive, and emotional well being. Additionally, CNA's can perform standard medical tasks (check blood pressure, vitals, change bandages, etc.) as well as monitor the patients health and progress to later discuss with a doctor.
A home health aide, also known as an HHA, provides basic personal care and companionship to patients. It is their responsibility to assist patients with their daily needs, both physically and emotionally. The elderly have more difficulty getting around, injure more easily, and have a harder time in general than a young person. HHA's assist patients in the necessary daily tasks of life, helping them to maintain their dignity and quality of living. They ensure the patient is bathed, dressed, and the home is clean and easy to move around. They escort them on errands, help with food shopping, food prep, and feeding. They assist patients in properly caring for themselves.
There are a few key differences between CNA's and HHA's. Both provide basic personal care to patients such as bathing, dressing, meal prep, feeding, light cleaning, and laundry. They often assist their clients with errands and attending doctors appointments, and work in in adult day care centers or perform home visits. Both are responsible for keeping an eye on the patients physical, emotional, and developmental well being and providing them companionship. They receive the same training in regards to a patients personal care, however the CNA program requires more hours in school and students undergo supervised clinical experience with actual patients. CNA's receive additional medical training that legally enable them to help elderly patients in and out of bed and wheelchairs, check vital signs, discuss health concerns, and record patients symptoms and overall health to later discuss with a doctor. CNA's have a higher starting pay rate than HHA's and are more prepared (educationally) to seek higher education in the medical field. Additionally, a CNA is qualified to work in a more diverse range of settings than an HHA.
ALL PA State subsidized nursing homes are required to reimburse your nurse aide training cost once you have worked as a CNA at the facility for 260 hours. So yes! Keep track of your payment receipts to get reimbursement down the road. Entry Level CNA requires at least some tuition two weeks prior to the first class and full payment by the end of the class.
Becoming a CNA or HHA is a manageable, affordable way to get your foot in the door with a medical career before committing to the years of school needed to become an RN, LPN, MD, or more. It is segue that enables you to gain experience, skills, and insight into the medical field while working. It allows you to get your feet wet in the industry and have a desirable career while deciding if you will pursue additional education.