Interested candidates can apply in-person or online for our Nurse Aide program. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, class size is limited to 8 participants. Our next class will be held in early spring 2021. Check back soon for updates.

Our current service area includes parts of Cumberland, Perry, Adams and Franklin Counties. Residents from these areas are encouraged to apply. If there is a question about eligibility, please call us at 717-243-6040.

Applicants will be required to complete reading and math assessments. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Nurse Aides is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for Nurse Aides with formal training are excellent, particularly in long-term care facilities. Explore more about the profession here and here.

Many individuals may want to begin healthcare careers as Nurse Aides, but may lack the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully complete the state-approved training and testing. Employment Skills Center trains potential candidates to better prepare them to excel in healthcare training and careers.

After completing our Pre-Nurse Aide program, qualified participants are awarded scholarships to continue on to the state-approved Nurse Aide course, preparing them for the Nurse Aide Registry certification examination. Math, science, reading, life skills, basic nursing concepts and the professional environment as well as workplace skills are taught to maximize career success. In order to better cope and serve the demands of caring for others, a reinforcement of personal life skills, such as managing stress, teamwork and self-esteem, is also an essential part of the training.

Many of our graduates are now a valuable part of nursing homes and health home care services in our area. Our graduates tend to remain on the job for a longer period of time thereby being of added value to the organizations that hire them.

  • The Pre-Nurse Aide classes run for 2 weeks followed by 3 weeks of state-approved nurse aide training. Those who are successful in our Pre-Nurse Aide course will be recommended for a full HACC scholarship to complete the state-approved class on-site at a nursing home.
  • Employment Skills Center continues to monitor and assist students, when needed, to successfully complete their state-approved program.  Our instructor is involved in all aspects of our students’ training and journey to employment.
  • Once employed, we will continue to work with graduates, as needed, to see that they are applying the skills that they learned in their Pre-Nurse Aide program in the workplace. We normally continue to receive updates from our new nurse aides for a year or more.

Nurse Aide Qualifications

Clarification of Criminal Background Acceptability for Pre-Nurse Aide Training

For more information about the program and how to apply, please call our office at 717-243-6040.

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Read what our students are saying about the program!

“The Nurse Aide program is helping me achieve my goals by giving me a stepping stone into my career, my dream job. To give back to the community and to help those who need a caring hand. I cannot thank everyone here enough; staff, advisors, fellow students. This opportunity has opened many doors and I couldn’t be more excited.”

“I have learned to believe in myself. I tell myself I can do anything in life. I think more positively.”

“I feel very prepared for clinicals and beyond.”

“This class really helped me. I feel so proud of myself and so smart. This is exactly what I needed. This is my calling. Thank you so much!”

“I really enjoyed taking the class, learning to work with others, the camaraderie, and education. By taking this class I think it put us ahead of the game. We knew most of the information, so it relieved some of the stress. Going from a work environment of two to working in a long-term care facility, taking the class helped prepare me to work with staff and residents. Another benefit of the class was to prepare me for some of the illnesses that the residents would have.”