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Senior students are required to enter the nurse aide training program upon submission of required documentation and a review of grades, attendance and discipline. This 120-hour program provides theory, classroom lab, and clinical instruction in accordance with Pennsylvania and OBRA mandates. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Competency Examination.
Documentation required by Pennsylvania Department of Education in order to be accepted into the nurse aide training program includes: a physical examination (being able to lift 40 pounds, bend, twist and stand for extended periods of time), having a 2-step mantoux test, current vaccinations to include Hepatitis B and a criminal background clearance. Students are responsible for the cost of the above and the cost of the national examination.
The senior nurse aide training program begins each September, with the first technical rotation, and continues through December each school year. Students are in the classroom 65 hours and typically begin clinical rotations by the end of October. Clinical experiences are held in local long-term care facilities.
Upon completion of the nurse aide training portion, students prepare for the NOCTI Health Assistant Examination, the national nurse aide competency assessment examination and explore various speciality areas in which to apply their newly earned nurse aide skills. Areas of study include home care, assisted-living, bariatric assisting, maternal/child assisting, basic electrocardiography and introductory venipuncture.
Successful allied health graduates are working in local hospitals, long-term care settings, assisted-living facilities, physician offices, veterinary offices and are attending colleges. Many are at Gwynedd-Mercy University, Holy Family University, Temple University, Bucks County Community College and Penn State University (main campuss). Our students are nurses, nursing assistants, personal trainers, veterinary assistants and a few are on the pathway to becoming physicians, physician assistants and radiology technicians.