Free CNA Training in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania there are many opportunities through which you can get free training to become a CNA. For those students who may be experiencing financial difficulties but still want to enter into the health care industry, free or discounted courses provide the opportunity to move forward and build a career.

Employer sponsored opportunities are a great way to get started since you not only get free training but you also secure a job during and after completing your course. An employer will hire you to work as one of their CNA’s and provide you with training directly if they are a state-approved training program or to send you to a program of their choice. On successful completion you are then required to work for that institute/ facility for a specified time period (usually between 6 – 12 months) depending on your contract with the employer.

We have different opportunities reviewed here below and we constantly update this page as and when we find new options. The opportunities are in the following categories:

  • Updates
  • Free Training through Nursing Facilities
  • Through WIA Approved Colleges


Mar 2013

Sherwood Oaks – UPMC Senior Communities – Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

Sherwood Oaks have a great opportunity for those people who want to start their CNA career but do not have sufficient funds to pay for the classes. Sherwood has a can trainee program which is scheduled to commence from April 2013 and deadlines for applications are to be done before 15th March. Not only will you be attending classes for free but you will also be paid during your classes and will learn the essential skills and knowledge required to work properly in your new career. Before you apply make sure you are 18+ and have a high school diploma or GED. For more info on the program and to register for the program you can visit:

Feb 2013

Ware Presbyterian Village – 7 E Locust St Oxford, PA 19363

This free class is provided by Presbyterian senior living and the candidate once selected will have to attend all classes assigned and pass the certification exam at the end, on successful completion he/she will then join the nurse team at Ware Presbyterian village. Must be capable of carrying out all the duties of a CNA and should be a team player. For more details and application you can go to:

Jan 2013

Presbyterian Senior Living – Windy Hill Village – Philipsburg, PA

Presbyterian have a trainee position available for those looking for free cna classes. the candidate will be required to pass the certification exam and be able to work as a team player with other nurses in the facility. You can apply online or hand deliver your application, for more details about this opportunity and application process you can get it here:

Dec 2012

Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities – Greensburg, PA

CNA Classes available with part-time and full-time work opportunities. Available at Greensburg, Murrysville and North Huntingdon communities. Also includes job training under trained medical staff. For more details, here is the link:

Through Nursing Facilities:

Germantown Home – 6950 Germantown Ave-Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is one of the many nursing homes in Pennsylvania offering or connecting individuals with free CNA training.  This is one of the facilities that offer a work-training program.  Individuals can actually begin to work while they are learning what they need to know to become a nursing assistant.  There is classroom time that is also required in the state to become a certified nursing assistant.  This instruction is provided as part of the train while you earn program offered at Germantown Home.

Evergreen Nursing Center – 191 Evergreen Mill Road-Harmony, PA 16037

When the Evergreen Nursing Center has openings for nursing assistants, they will often pay individuals to become certified.  You can get in touch with the hiring office of the Nursing Care Facility to find out when they will be seeking individuals to train as nursing assistants.  You will need to complete an application and have the application approved before you can be provided with training at no cost to you.  Please note, this facility does not pay the cost of the State’s Nursing Assistant Competency Exam.

St. Anne Home – 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601

St. Anne Home is one of many different nursing facilities in the state that will pay for you to become a certified nursing assistant.  They will then provide you with employment within their nursing care facility so that they can benefit from the training you received.  St. Anne’s will also pay individuals for some level of employment while they are receiving the training and experienced needed to sit for the exam to become a CNA within the state of Pennsylvania.

Other Nursing homes in PA who you can approach and inquire if they do provide on the job training:

  • Little Sisters of the Poor – Pittsburgh, PA
  • South Mountain Restoration – South Mountain, PA
  • Crosslands – Kennett Square, PA
  • Dock Terrace – Lansdale, PA
  • Good Shepherd Home Raker Center – Allentown, PA
  • The Lafayette-Redeemer – Philadelphia, PA
  • Memorial Medical Center – Johnstown, PA
  • Ephrata Manor – Ephrata, PA
  • Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA
  • Homeland Center – Harrisburg, PA
  • Masonic Village At Warminster – Warminster, PA
  • Meadowood – Worcester, PA
  • Mercy Center Nursing Unit Inc – Dallas, PA
  • Sarah A Todd Memorial Home – Carlisle, PA
  • Saint Mary’s Villa Nursing Home – Moscow, PA

Through WIA Approved Colleges:

County College of Allegheny County – Downtown Center 625-Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This college can be found among those that are participants in the Workforce Investment Act programs within the state of PA.  The programs can help individual’s access training and other features needed to become well prepared for a new career where they can be self-sufficient.  The course includes two segments:  Nursing Assistant Theory and Nursing Assistant Clinical.  When a student is able to complete both portions with success, they will then be able to take the competency exam for nursing assistants.

Delaware County Community College – 901 S. Media Line Road-Media, PA 1906

DCCC is a participating WIA college within the state of Pennsylvania.  As such, a nursing assistant certification course could be more in you reach if you are eligible for WIA benefits.  The college offers a very extensive and comprehensive CNA training course.  In fact, the course will include about 133 hours of instruction including book studies and the hand on clinical studies.  Students will learn to provide care in both long-term and acute care settings.  The Red Cross will test students who graduate from the DCCC nursing assistant program for certification as CNAs.

Community College of Beaver County – 1 Campus Drive-Monaca, PA 15061

This community college is part of the Workforce Programs.  WIA recipients can receive potential help to pay for training courses including CNA training programs.  The Community College of Beaver County has an NA certification training course that is worth 6 credits.  This program takes one semester to complete in its entirety.  This is considered to be a fast-track program providing students with comprehensive studies and knowledge.  Students can apply to sit for the certification competency test if they pass the course.

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