CNAs are essential healthcare team members, performing many primary nursing duties under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN). In an entry-level nursing position, nursing assistants must complete an approved Nurse Aide Training Program and pass their state certification exam before beginning work in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. Completing this course prepares you to take the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Competency Exam to enroll in the Nurse Aide Registry for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You will also receive a certificate of completion from EMU.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provides hands-on care to residents as written on the Resident Service Plan and Support Plan.
  • Observes and report all pertinent information, including vital signs, abnormal conditions, and changes from previous conditions to the Charge Nurse.
  • Responds to resident call bells and alarms and support the residents within their scope of practice.
  • Keeps assignments, routines, and support plans up-to-date.
  • Assists residents with dining and tray delivery and offers nourishments/liquids to residents at mealtime, between meals, and when needed.
  • Maintains resident rooms, support centers, and living rooms neat and orderly.
  • Uses equipment properly, keeping it clean and in the proper place.
  • Has and maintains current CPR certification.
  • Maintains First Aid Certification

2024 - Upcoming Class Dates 

ALL required paperwork and payment are due by the Orientation date.

  • * February 28 - April 8  
    Clinicals at Landis Homes
    - Orientation Date: February 14 at 2:30 pm

  • March 11 - April 19 (Second Shift Option)
    Clinicals: Mennonite Home
    - Orientation Date: February 29 at 2:30 pm

  • * April 15 - May 22
    Clinicals: Pleasant View 
    - Orientation Date: April 3 at 2:30 pm


EMU at Lancaster 1846 Charter Lane Lancaster, PA (Located within the Greenfield Corporate Center)

Program Length

Six weeks on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

* Day Shift  - classroom instruction three days a week: 
Weeks 1-3:  7:00 am-2:30 pm
Weeks 4-6:  6:30 am-2:30 pm

Second Shift - classroom instruction three days a week: 
Weeks 1-3:  3:00 pm-10:30 pm
Weeks 4-6
3:00 pm-11:00 pm


$1500*, with textbooks included.  *Students must purchase solid blue scrubs for labs and clinicals. 

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Nurse Aide?

We'd love for you to join us at our next Open House.

It's a great opportunity to ask questions, meet our team, and discover if this career path is right for you. We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: EMU at Lancaster, 1846 Charter Lane  Lancaster, PA 
Register to Attend

Please fill out our inquiry form if you can't attend the Open House and would like someone on our staff to follow up about the CNA program.

Training to become a CNA includes:

  • Job readiness
  • Clinical training 

We currently have agreements with the following long-term facilities below to provide clinical training.  For more information about the program please complete our inquiry form

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