Nurse Aide Training

Nurse Aides are in high demand. They are the front line to patient care. This 134-hour training program prepares students to perform patient/resident care under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The course includes 121-hours of PA Dept of Education required training consisting of 49 hours of classroom theory, 28 hours of lab/skill and 44 hours of clinical experience at a local, long-term care facility. After completion, adult learners will have the opportunity to take the nurse aide certification exam to earn their CNA.  Ask us about the opportunity for full tuition reimbursement for all adult learners who successfully achieve their CNA.

134 hours

Cost: $1,500


  • 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 Criteria & Documentation Requirements:

Course Costs:

    • Application fee (non-refundable)*$50
    • Textbook, Workbook, Handouts & Materials*$200
    • Tuition*$1,250

Course Total: $1,500

*$1,500 must be paid in full to DCTS Adult & Continuing Education before the start of class. We accept cash, check, PayPal, Visa & MC.

 Participant Responsibility (Not included):

  • 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 three weeks prior to the first day of class. No refunds will be granted after class has begun.


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

  • August 23, 2021 – October 26, 2021 Mon, Tues, Thursday (and some Wednesdays) 5:30 PM – 9:45 PM
  • October 5, 2021 – December 14, 2021 Mon, Tues, Thursday (and some Wednesdays) 5:30 PM – 9:45 PM
  • January 10, 2022 – March 16, 2022 Mon, Tues, Thursday (and some Wednesdays) 5:30 PM – 9:45 PM
  • February 24, 2022 – May 3, 2022 Mon, Tues, Thursday (and some Wednesdays) 5:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Daytime Classes TBD – Call for more information

Apply Online

Printable Nurse Aide Flyer + Application


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

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

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 judgement of the participant. Copies of the DCTSUse of Tobacco Policy #222 and Drug and Alcohol Policy # 227are listed below.

***Your signature is required on the registration form to indicate that you have read, understand, and will abide by these policies.

TOBACCO PRODUCTS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (Policy #222) – 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.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (Policy #227) – 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 stimulant 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.