Begin your health care career by registering for the Pennsylvania Department of Education's approved Nurse Aide Training Program at Community College of Philadelphia. A nurse aide helps provide basic care in nursing home, assisted living facility, hospice and long-term care settings. Working under nurse supervision, a nurse aide enjoys extensive daily contact with each patient and is instrumental in updating the nurse on vital information about patient conditions. While this program focuses on long-term care facilities, nurse aides can be employed in other health care settings as well.
Program Requirements: You must hold a high school diploma or GED, pass a general physical examination plus a two-step tuberculosis test, and undergo a criminal background check, then submit documentation of these requirements at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. Visit www.ccp.edu/nurseaide for the appropriate forms.
Notice: Per City regulations, COVID-19 vaccination is still required for students (unless they have an approved exemption). Boosters are strongly encouraged. Vaccinated students attending a class that is more than 30 hours long, must upload their vaccine cards prior to course start date. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions must continue to test every three days through June 30. Note that exemption applications need to be approved prior to the course start date. To get more information and see testing hours for each campus see:
Masking will be required for this program. Wearing a high-quality mask such as KN95 or N95 mask, or double masking, is strongly encouraged. It is important to wear a mask that is well-fitted. For information on proper masking, including how to double mask, please read this guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html.
Course OutlineCourse Outline:
II. Role and function of the Nurse Aide
III. Communication skills
IV. Infection Control
V. Safety and Accident prevention
VI. Client’s Rights
VII. Abuse and Neglect Prevention
VIII. Personal Care Skills/lab
X. Identify & Report Conditions of the Body System
XI. Death & Dying
XII. Restorative Care
XIII. Behavioral Health and Social Services
XIV. Care of Cognitively Impaired Clients
XV. Clinical Experience
XVI. Theory and Skills Review
Learner OutcomesUpon completion of this program students will have an understanding of the role and function of the Nurse Aide in long term care facilities; be able to take and record vital signs; attend to patients; personal care; communicate with cognitively impaired patients; use assistive devices; be aware of developmental tasks associated with aging; provide a safe, restraint free environment; identify and report abuse; and provide privacy and maintain patient confidentiality.
Participants will be prepared to sit for the Pennsylvania State Nurse Aide Training Competency Examination.
Text and Workbook: Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care 3rd Edition