Bucks Seeks Applicants for Nurse Aide Training Program
Classes are now forming for the 120-hour course, which prepares students to become certified in a high-demand field
Bucks County Community College, the area’s leader in healthcare education and training, is now accepting applications for its Nurse Aide Training Program, with classes offered at all three campuses.
Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the program is an intensive 120-hour course consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory experience, and hands-on training at an area clinical site.
“The nurse aide functions in a number of health care settings ranging from home care to nursing homes to hospitals. The role of the nurse aide within these settings is crucial as they are the key providers of bed side care”, said Karen Souvigney, Program Coordinator. “Nurse Aide training also provides a gateway into the nursing profession. It can be considered a steppingstone for those who are considering nursing as a career path."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse assistant occupations is immediate with a expected job growth rate of 21% over the next decade. This projected growth is faster than the average for all occupations. The average starting wage can range from $12 to as high as $20 an hour.
Upon successful completion of the program at Bucks, students are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination to enroll in the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide registry, Souvigney added.
Classes are offered in a variety of formats -8 weeks or 12 weeks – and held during the day or evening, allowing students to select a schedule that fits their personal needs. Day classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening sessions take place from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Clinical sessions are conducted from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are three classes now forming at the Newtown Campus. An 8-week daytime course will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday, August 27 to October 22. A 12-week daytime course will meet Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 to November 28. For those considering a career change, a 12-week course from September 4 to November 24 takes place Tuesday evenings and Saturday days, with weekend clinical rotations on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, an eight-week daytime class is forming at the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie that meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from September 10 to November 1.
Finally, a day class is forming now at the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol, meeting Tuesday and Wednesday from September 4 to November 21. In addition, well as a Thursday evening and Saturday day class starting September 6 at Lower Bucks will accommodate the working adult.
To find out more about the Nurse Aide Training Program at Bucks, including registration requirements and deadlines, go to www.bucks.edu/nurseaide. To schedule a registration appointment, contact the Nurse Aide Training Program Coordinator at 215-968-8482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.