Nurse Aide Training Program Adds More Courses This Spring
Enroll now for the 120-hour course, starting in Feb., March or April, to prepare to become certified in a high-demand healthcare field
Bucks County Community College, the area’s leader in healthcare education and training, is accepting applications for its Nurse Aide Training Program, with classes starting in February, March and April at its three campuses.
Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the intensive 120-hour course consists of classroom instruction, laboratory experience, and hands-on training at an area clinical site.
The nurse aide functions in a number of healthcare settings, ranging from home care to nursing homes to hospitals, according to program coordinator Karen Souvigney.
“The role of the nurse aide within these settings is crucial as they are the key providers of bedside care,” said Souvigney. “Nurse aide training also provides a gateway into the nursing profession, and can be a steppingstone for those who are considering that career path.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse assistant occupations is immediate, with an expected job growth rate of 21% over the next decade – faster than the average for all occupations. The average starting wage can range from $14 to as high as more than $20 an hour.
Upon successful completion of the Bucks program, students are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination to enroll in the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide registry, Souvigney added.
Three classes are now forming at the Newtown Campus, located at 275 Swamp Rd.:
- Mon., Wed. and Fri. days, Feb. 24 – April 15; Registration deadline Feb. 17
- Mon., Wed. and Fri. days, March 30 – May 22; Registration deadline March 23
- Sat. and Sun. days, April 4 – June 21; Registration deadline March 30
The Upper Bucks Campus, at One Hillendale Rd., Perkasie, holds an evening and weekend class 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 4 to May 16, with a registration deadline of February 25.
Finally, the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks, located at 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, hosts an evening and weekend class 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, followed by some Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 12 to June 6, with a registration deadline of March 5.
Tuition is $1,250 and payment plans are available. Enrollment forms must be turned in by the registration deadline; it is therefore highly recommended that you begin the application process about a month before the deadline, according to Souvigney.
To find out more about the Nurse Aide Training Program at Bucks, including registration requirements, visit 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.