About The Nurse Aide Training Program

Nurse aides, also known as nursing assistants, provide direct care to patients under the supervision of registered nurses. They may feed and bathe patients, help rotate them in bed, assist with exercise, and administer medications. They also help prepare medical equipment for tests. 

CCAC's Nurse Aide Training program is designed to provide students with hands-on experience and prepare them to pass the certification exam administered by Credentia. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 


Program Outcomes

Certified, registered nurse aides are in high demand to support patients in a variety of health care facilities.

Roughly 37% of nurse aides worked in nursing care facilities as of 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 30% worked in hospitals, and 11% worked in retirement communities.


Program Requirements

In order to enroll in the Nurse Aide program, students must meet these requirements:

Program Cost

The program cost of $1,999 includes the cost of books, a workbook and Pennsylvania background clearances.

Students will also be responsible for these additional costs:

  • White scrub top and cranberry scrub pants
  • White sneakers
  • A watch with a second hand
  • A physical examination by a medical provider

Financial Aid is not available for this program. However, these resources may offer assistance:


Keys Program

The Keys Program is a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services program designed to help recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps) succeed in community college.

If you are a CCAC student who receives TANF or SNAP benefits, you may qualify to participate in the KEYS program at CCAC. To learn about, apply for, or renew human services benefits (including TANF and SNAP) online, visit the PA Compass website. To learn more about KEYS, please see our brochure.

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Pennsylvania Career Link

PA CareerLink® Pittsburgh provides reemployment and training services to enhance employability of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents.

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Nurse Aide Information Sessions

Before enrolling in the Nurse Aid program, students are required to attend a Nurse Aide Information Session. These sessions review the job's roles and responsibilities, as well as the program's admission requirements.

Students are not required to register for Information Sessions in order to attend.

Students must bring copies of the following to their Information Session:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Proof of Pennsylvania residency (two forms of proof)
  • COVID-19 vaccination card. (The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for the theory/classroom portion of the Nurse Aide program, but it is required for most clinical sites.)

All Information Sessions are held at the same time and location:


Allegheny Campus, West Hall Room 142, Ridge Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Information Sessions

  • December 11, 2023
  • January 8, 2024


For More Information Contact:

[email protected]


Jodi Campano

Lauren Wharton