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

Make a Difference - Become a Nurse Aide

Nurse Aide with patient in hospital

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.

How to Apply and Admission Requirements

Upcoming Class 

Spring 2023 classes are currently being scheduled.  Click here to be notified when Spring registration opens. 

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

  • 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
  • Accurately measure, record and report residents' vital signs
  • Report needs and changes in the residents' condition
  • Monitor and document the residents' intake and output
  • Feed and assist residents with nutritional intake
  • Assist residents with range of motion exercises
  • Measure, record and report residents' pain
  • Provide a safe client environment
  • Assist residents with hygiene and grooming needs
  • Transfer and assist residents with ambulation and mobility needs
  • 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