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.  The course is spread out over a 12 week period.

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 Application and follow up with a phone call (717) 652-3170 Option 2 OR ext. 7902 to schedule an appointment or attend an informational session. You should receive an email that we received your application.  Be aware our emails may go to your “spam” folder in your email.   Receipt of your application does not put you on a roster.  You are responsible to begin collecting paperwork to fulfill the admission criteria.  Admission does not occur until all documentation is completed and payment is made.  It should be noted the paperwork process may take 3-6 weeks to complete so don’t delay!

Course Information

Cost: $1,650

Hours: 121 hours


Evening Classes

Orientation and Theory Day 1 4:00PM-9:15PM

Theory & Skills Days 2-19-  5:00PM-9:15PM

Clinical Days 20-32- 5:00PM – 9:30PM

  • August 19 – October 29, 2024 All documentation must be complete and tuition paid in full by 8/1/24. 
  • October 7 – December 17, 2024 
  • January – April 2025 TBD
  • March – May  2025 TBD  

Daytime Classes 

Orientation and Theory Day 1 – 8:30AM – 1:00PM

Theory & Skills Days 2 – 19 – 8:30AM – 1:00 PM

Clinical Days 20 – 28 – 7:00AM – 1:00PM 

  • June 10, 2024 – August 1, 2024  CLOSED DOCUMENTATION & PAYMENTS ARE DUE. CALENDAR JUN2024_AM
  • August 19 – October 25, 2024 All documentation must be complete and tuition paid in full by 8/1/24.
  • October 7 – December 11, 2024
  • January – March 2025 TBD
  • March – May 2025 TBD


  • 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.  A reading comprehension and math screening questionnaire is required prior to acceptance.
  • 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

  • Nurse Aide Physical Examination and 2-Step TB form (can also be a blood test or chest x-ray if there was a + test result) signed by a physician, DO, CRNP, or PA
  • Student Handbook with Signature forms
  • Act 14 form
  • Interview or Informational Session – Please email or call (717) 652-3170 ext. 7902 to schedule an interview or attend an informational session.  Bring a copy of your application and any completed documentation for consideration into the next available class.

Course Costs:

    • Textbook, Workbook, Handouts & Materials: $300
    • Tuition: $1,300
    • Application Fee (non-refundable): $50

Course Total: $1,650

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.


$1,650 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 for successful completion of training and state exams 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:

$1,650 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. A $50 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations. Cancellation requests must be received via email at two weeks before the class start date.

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

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.