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    Nurse Aide

    Under the supervision and direction of Registered Nurses who are experienced in long-term care, the Lackawanna College Nurse Aide Training Program is a 128-hour program with hands-on, supervised clinical experience.

    The program is accredited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education including 40 hours of classroom, 44 hours of laboratory training, and 44 clinical hours in a long-term care facility.

    The program offers 32 additional specialized hours that includes training in CPR, tours in local long-term facilities, and practice laboratory hours to prepare students to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination.

    Students must meet admission requirements and maintain a professional appearance, as required for a health care setting.

    Upon successful completion of all program components, the nursing assistant students will be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination, and students passing both the written and skills portion of the test will be placed on the Nurse Aide Registry.

    The program is ideal for students interested in beginning a career pathway in nursing or health care, and after successfully testing you may be able to work in a variety of health care environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care.

    Admission Guidelines

    Interested students must schedule an on-campus interview with the Nurse Aide Program Coordinator.

    Prospective students must bring:

    • Proof of high school completion or GED
    • Current Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID
    • Second form of qualifying ID (library card, passport, bank card, Access card, or utility bill in their name – birth certificate or social security card are not acceptable)
    • $22 payment for Pennsylvania criminal history background check
    • Signed copy of the Essential Functions of the Nurse Aide document (PDF)

    Upon completion of interview and presentation of all required documents, students must pass:

    • Criminal history background check that is free of any criminal offenses under Act 14
    • FBI background clearance check of criminal offenses (for students who have not lived for a full two years in the state of Pennsylvania)
    • Entrance exam, with acceptance based on a passing grade
    • Physical exam with the physician’s approval that the candidate is able to perform the duties of a Nurse Aide as listed on the physical form including a two-step PPD

    Recommended Timeline

    • Three weeks prior to class start date: Have 1st PPD administered (checked in 48-72 hours)
    • Seven – 10 Days after 1st PPD was checked: Have 2nd PPD administered (checked in 48-72 hours); have Physical Examination and form completed.

    Tuition assistance may be available to qualified applicants. Call (570) 961-7897 for more information.