Become a Nurse Aide | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Make a Difference - Become a Nurse Aide

Nurse aides are in high demand in our region. The Nurse Aide program at Westmoreland County Community College will put you on the path to possible full-time employment and a rewarding career.

What Are the Job Duties of a Nurse Aide?

  • Accurately measures, records and reports residents vital signs
  • Report needs and changes in the resident’s condition
  • Monitor and document the resident’s intake and output
  • Feed and assist residents with nutritional intake
  • Assist resident with range of motion exercises
  • Measures, records and reports resident pain
  • Provides a safe client environment
  • Assist residents with hygiene and grooming needs
  • Transfer and assist residents with ambulation and mobility needs

Nurse Aide with patient in hospital

Employment Opportunities

  • Employment in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and home health care
  • Job growth projected to increase 15% from 2019 to 2029
  • Projected annual openings are 10,259
  • Entry-level wage: $20,475
    • Mean wage:$25,459
    • Experienced: $34,436

Program Details

  • 128 hours of training
    • 72 hours of lecture/lab
    • 56 hours at a clinical site
  • Program meets the mandates of the federal government (via OBRA)
  • Training completed within 8-9 weeks
  • Instructors approved by Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Program offered fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Preparation for National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam

Upcoming Class 

Class begins June 21, 2022 and ends on August 19, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. & Fridays from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

summer schedule

How to Apply and Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

  • Attend all classes – lecture/lab and clinical
  • Achieve 80%  on exams
  • Be able to do heavy lifting (verified by your physical exam)
  • Show evidence of liability insurance prior to the first day of clinical
  • Perform all the skills on the clinical performance records
  • Wear identification that clearly states you are a trainee - provided by Westmoreland