Pennsylvania CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Pennsylvania (PA)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Pennsylvania does not require a specific amount of credit hours for home health aide training as long as the program is approved. A 75-credit-hour requirement (Fed requirement) is reserved for home health aides that work for companies reimbursed by Medicaid or Medicare.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Board of Nursing are more CNA than HHA oriented. For the CNA certification process, the candidate must go through 75 accredited hours of classroom studies, as well as 100 rotation hours of supervised practical training. By rotation is meant that some of those have to be in an accredited school (usually 16 hours), while the remainder can be in a skilled nursing environment, such as a long term care facility or agency.

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Fed requirements: must be a citizen, national, or someone eligible to work in the U.S.;  must produce social security number. same
Type of Certification The Board of Nursing issues certificates; employers can also verify your certificate online. Certified HHA
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as training diploma, proof of eligibility to work as described above, fingerprint cards, photo ID, and 2 photos. same
Age No age requirement. same
Driver’s License No driver’s license required as long as you can produce a photo ID. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level No High school diploma required. same
Training hours & where A minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, plus 100 hours of hand-on experience in a clinical setting. Same (be advised that training programs and number of hours differs from one school to the other).
Competence Training 100 rotation hours (see note above). Same (see note above).
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Same if working in a certified long term care environment.
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required (blanks provided with application form). same
Background checks Must pass State and Federal checks. Same if working in a certified long term care environment, otherwise as per employer demands.
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; Photo ID and two photos. Same if working in a certified long term care environment, otherwise as per employer demands.
Licensed in another state? The State facilitates transferring into Pennsylvania. You need to sit for exam per above requirements (you may challenge the board of nursing into allowing you to sit for the competency exam). same
Exam It is referred to as the State-Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical. Same, if you choose that path to certification as against HHA certification which has similar requests.

 

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