Adult Nurse Aide Training


This 121–hour training program prepares students to perform patient/resident care under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The course includes 48 hours of classroom theory, 29 hours of lab/skill, and 44 hours of clinical experience at a local, long–term care facility. Additional hours are included for review time, and school/clinical orientations.  After completion, adult learners will have the opportunity to take the nurse aide certification exam to earn their CNA Certification.  Nurse Aides are in high demand. They are the front line to patient care. Ask us about the opportunity for full tuition reimbursement for all adult learners who successfully achieve their CNA.

Please submit your  Online ApplicationAfter we receive your application, we will contact you by phone/email to schedule an appointment and begin collecting paperwork to fulfill the admission criteria.  It should be noted the paperwork process

Course Information

Cost: $1,595

Hours: 121 hours

Evening Classes – Some weeks may vary due to holidays or school closings

Theory & Skills – Mon, Tues, Thurs (7 weeks) 5:00PM-9:15PM
Clinical – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur (4 weeks) 5:00PM – 9:30PM.

  • August 22, 2022 – November 1, 2022 (11/4/22 Graduation)  
  • October 11, 2022 – December 21, 2022 (12/22/22 Graduation)        
  • January 23, 2023 – April 4, 2023        
  • March 13, 2023  – May 23, 2023 MAR2023_PM CALENDAR

Daytime Classes Some weeks may vary due to holidays or school closings

Theory & Skills – Mon, Tues, Thurs (7 weeks) 8:30AM – 1:00 PM
Clinical – Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur  7:00AM – 1:00PM.

  • August 22, 2022 – October 20, 2022 (11/4/22 Graduation)      
  • October 24, 2022 – December 21, 2022 (12/22/22 Graduation)        
  • January 23, 2023 – March 28, 2023
  • March 13, 2023  – May 17, 2023 MAR2023_AM CALENDAR
  • Enrolling Now:  NEW SUMMER CLASS:  June 12, 2023 – August 8, 2023 (8//9/23 Graduation) 8:30AM – 1:00 PM Mon – Thurs JUNE2023_AM CALENDAR


  • Physical and mental stamina with a commitment to an intense training program.
  • No pre-planned commitments. 100% attendance required.
  • The ability to speak, write and understand English fluently. This course and all exams are in English.
  • A high school diploma or GED is highly recommended but not required.
  • Rapid assessment, intellectual and cognitive abilities, behavioral, social, and ethical standards.
  • Completion of all admission criteria at least two weeks prior to the start of class

Admissions & Documentation Requirements

Course Costs:

    • Textbook, Workbook, Handouts & Materials: $200
    • Tuition: $1,300

Course Total: $1,500

Space is limited so sign up early to confirm your seat.

Online Application   Please call our office at (717) 652-3170 to begin the registration process.


$1,500 must be paid in full before the start of class. 

Make payments to DCTS Adult & Continuing Education

We accept cash, check, PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard

Checks should be made out to DCTS ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION and mailed to 6001 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109. No refunds will be issued after the start of class.

Reimbursement is available for individuals paying out-of-pocket for nurse aide training pending successful completion of the nurse aide training course and state exams (written and skills).  Click here for more information from the Department of Public Welfare (Statement of Policy – Title 55 – Public Welfare).

Resources that may offer funding:

  • Employment Skills Center – Mindy Tremblay – (717) 243-6040
  • New Hope Ministries (Dillsburg Area) – Christi Bell – (717) 432-20878
  • Tri-County OIC – Carol Hess – (717) 238-7138
  • PA Career Link South Central Region – Youth and Young Adult Program – Equus (14 – 24 yr) – Shauna Ventress (252) 702-4207

$1,500 must be paid in full before the start of class including payments from sponsoring organization. It is the Adult Learner’s responsibility to provide documentation to DCTS Adult Education verifying funding from a sponsoring organization.

Participant Responsibility (These are estimates and items are not included in DCTS tuition)

  • Criminal History Report: $22
  • FBI Background: $24
  • Uniforms (estimate; supply your own scrubs, shoes, watch with second hand): $60
  • Physical examination & TB testing (Current 2–step PPD): $150
  • PA State Exam fee: $135

Deadline for all paperwork and required forms is two weeks prior to the first day of class. No refunds will be granted after class has begun.

Adult learners must be able to understand, speak, read, and write the English language.

Due to safety considerations, no one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permitted to attend class or be on the premises of Dauphin County Technical School property. It is the discretion of the instructor in making any and all determination and identification of individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This may include prescription drugs if, in the opinion of the instructor the drugs impair the judgment of the participant. Copies of the DCTS Use of Tobacco Policy #222 and Drug and Alcohol Policy #227 are listed below.
*Your signature is required on the registration form to indicate that you have read, understand, and will abide by these policies.
The Joint Operating Committee recognizes that tobacco, nicotine, and nicotine delivery products present a health and safety hazard that can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the school. For purposes of this policy, tobacco includes a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, little cigar, pipe, or other smoking product or material and smokeless tobacco in any form including chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, or dissolvable tobacco pieces.[1] For purposes of this policy, nicotine shall mean a product that contains or consists of nicotine in a form that can be ingested by chewing, smoking, inhaling, or through other means. For purposes of this policy, a nicotine delivery product shall mean a product or device used, intended for use, or designed for the purpose of ingesting nicotine or another substance. This definition includes, but is not limited to, any device or associated product used for what is commonly referred to as vaping or juuling.
It is the goal of the Dauphin County Technical School to maintain a drug-free and alcohol-free school environment. In order to further this goal, the Alcohol, Drugs, and Controlled Substances Policy No. 227. A student shall not possess, use, transmit, deliver, sell or be under the influence of any controlled substance. Controlled substances shall be defined as A. All dangerous controlled substances prohibited by law within the meaning of the Controlled Substance, Drug-Device, and Cosmetic Act as amended. B. All over-the-counter medications. C. All alcoholic beverages. D. Any anabolic steroids. E. Any synthetic compound, or any herbal substance sold as an incense, bath salts, or smoking material that mimics the effects of marijuana. F. Any drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes equipment, apparatus, and/or gear generally associated with the use/abuse of alcohol, narcotic drugs, and mood-altering chemicals. Examples may include items such as “pot pipes,” cigarette-rolling papers, roach clips, weighing scales, and any other device used to measure, inject, inhale, ingest, package, deliver or facilitate the use, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance. G. All legal or illegal hemp products. H. Volatile solvents or inhalants to include glue and aerosol propellants. I. Any prescription, patent drug, caffeine pills/capsules, epinephrine, or other stimulants except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to Joint Operating Committee Policy. J. Any look-a-like substance that resembles any item above including any non-controlled substance that in its overall finished dosage appearance is substantially similar in size, shape, color, marking, or packaging to any controlled substance.