Personal Care Home Administrator Training

PCHA graduate

Spring 2015 schedule:

March 14 through June 6


The program classes meet Fridays, 5-9:30pm and Saturdays, 9am-5:30pm.  Students attend both days every week for the entire length of the program.


Tuition: $1495

($100 less if you are already CPR and First Aid certified).


The PCHA exam is scheduled for June 6, 2015.


Who should attend the 100-Hour Training?


Aspiring personal care home administrators, nurses, caregivers, and health care professionals can complete the State Department of Public Welfare’s 100-hour standardized training program at Penn State Abington.


See pictures from our Fall 2014 class.


Why choose this program?


Earn your professional education with Penn State-the Big Ten in your backyard!


Evening and weekend training along with easy access to public transit and major highways make this the perfect fit for your busy schedule.


The 100 hours of training only consists of 19 courses that vary in length from 2 to 9 hours.


What do former students say about the Training?


"The PCHA program was not only a source of vast information and education,  it also played a tremendous role in helping me identify the best suitable sector for me as an Administrator."


- Daniel Samai    see more testimonials


Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness - 4 hoursPCHA graduate


Medication Procedures, Medication Effects/Side Effects and Standard Precautions - 7 hours


Personal Care Services and Personal Hygiene - 9 hours


Local, State, and Federal Law and Regulations Pertaining to the Operation of a Home - 2 hours


Nutrition, Food Handling and Sanitation - 7 hours


Certification in CPR and Obstructed Airway Techniques and First Aid Training - 7 hours**


Recreation - 4 hours


Resident Rights - 3 hours

Care for Residents with Mental Illness - 9 hours

Care of Residents with Dementia, Cognitive Impairments and Other Special Needs - 8 hours


Care for Residents Who Have Developmental Disabilities - 2 hours


Gerontology - 6 hours


Community Resources, Social Services and Activities in the Community - 4 hours


Staff Supervision and Staff Person Training Including Developing Orientation and Training Guidelines for Staff - 8 hours


Budgeting, Financial Recordkeeping and Resident Records - 4 hours

Writing, Completing and Implementing Initial Assessments, Annual Assessments and Support Plans - 5 hours

Resident Home Contracts - 2 hours

Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Reporting - 6 hours

Cultural Competency - 3 hours

**Individuals who have a valid certification in Adult CPR are exempt from the required training hours to complete Adult CPR training.  Individuals who have a valid certification in First Aid are exempt from the required training hours to complete First Aid training. If an individual completes training receives the certification in less than the minumum number of required training hours they are exempt from the remaining number of hours to complete this section of the training requirements.  A individual wishing to use their certification in place of taking this course will need to show the valid certification(s) to Penn State staff and a copy will be kept on file.

Theresa Bloom
Theresa Bloom

Next session begins on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 for approximately 12 weeks.

Registration will open soon. This program will run Fridays, from 5-9:30pm and Saturdays, from 9am-5:30pm. Class size is limited.


$1495, due at registration.

(If you have valid CPR and First Aid Training certification cards you do not need to take the First Aid and CPR class with Penn State.  In that case, the tuition is $1395.  Please note that on-line CPR or First Aid training is not accepted for this class. Your First Aid and CPR must be taken in a live class.)


The Penn State Alumni discount is 10%

Registration & more info

Theresa Bloom

Qualifications necessary to attend this program (must have one)
  • An associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university
  • A license as a registered nurse from the Pennsylvania Department of State
  • A license as a licensed practical nurse from the Pennsylvania Department of State & 1 year experience in a related field.
  • A license as a nursing home administrator from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
  • For a home serving 8 or fewer residents, a general education development diploma or high school diploma and 2 years direct care or administrative experience in the human services field.