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Personal Care Home Administrator (PCHA) (100 hours)

Penn State, The Lancaster Center, is offering the entire 100 hours of training and exam in Lancaster.

Satisfy continuing education requirements with a variety of professional development courses for nurses, administrators, direct-care staff, and other health care professionals.

Call 717-299-7667 for more information.

The entire 100 hours of training is offered in a full-day format, Fridays, and Saturdays, with evening Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training courses.

Please Note: Licensed Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) who wish to become licensed as a Personal Care Home Administrator must complete the orientation and test. The fee for NHA's to take the test is $100. Please contact Penn State, The Lancaster Center to register for the exam only.

The PCHA exam will be offered the week after the class ends, which will be on Wednesday eventing or Thursday morning..

Qualifications necessary to attend this program (must have one)

  • An associate’s 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 and one 1 year experience in a related field.
  • A license as a nursing home administrator from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
  • For a home serving eight or fewer residents, a general education development diploma or high school diploma and two years direct care or administrative experience in the human services field.

COURSE SCHEDULE for FALL 2013



The entire 100 hours of training is offered in a full-day format, Fridays and Saturdays, October 11 - November 16, with evening CPR/First Aid courses.
Schedule #:  552947
(Lunch is on your own.)................................................Cost: $1,450 REGISTER


Staff Supervision and Staff Person Training Including Developing Orientation and Training Guidelines for Staff (8 hrs.)
Schedule #:  552953
Friday, October 11, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ..........................Cost: $160REGISTER


Care for Residents with Mental Illness (9 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552956
Saturday, October 12, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.......................Cost: $180 REGISTER


Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Reporting (6 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552959
Friday, October 18, 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m..........................Cost: $120REGISTER


Care for Residents with Developmental Disabilities (2 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552962
Friday, October 18, 3:00–5:00 p.m.....................................Cost: $40 REGISTER


Personal Care Services and Personal Hygiene (9 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
552965
Saturday, October 19, 10, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.................Cost: $180 REGISTER


First Aid Training/Certification in CPR and Obstructed Airways Techniques* (7 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
552968
Wednesday, October 23, 5:00–8:30 p.m., and
Wednesday, October 30, 5:00–8:30 p.m.........................Cost: $140 REGISTER

Note:  If you are already CPR and First Aid Certified, you are exempt from taking the courses. We will need copies  of your certifications along with your registration.  The full 100-hour training includes these two courses, there is no deduction from the total amount.


Recreation (4 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552971
Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m........................................Cost: $80 REGISTER


Community Resources, Social Services, and Activities in the
Community (4 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552974
Friday, October 25, 1:00–5:00 p.m..................................................Cost: $80 REGISTER


Nutrition, Food Handling and Sanitation (7 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552980
Saturday, October 26, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m...................................  Cost: $140 REGISTER


Gerontology (6 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
552986
Friday, November 1, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.......................................Cost: $120 REGISTER

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Care for Residents who have Dementia, Cognitive Impairments,
and Other Special Needs (8 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552992
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. .................................Cost: $160 REGISTER


Resident Rights (3 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
552995
Friday, November 8, 8:30–11:30 a.m.............. ................................Cost: $60 REGISTER


Resident Home Contracts (2 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  552998
Friday, November 8, noon–2:00 p.m................................................Cost: $40 REGISTER


Local, State, and Federal Laws and Regulations Pertaining to the
Operation of a Home (2 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
523001
Friday, November 8, 2:30–4:30 p.m.................................................Cost: $40 REGISTER


Writing Completing and Implementing Initial Assessments, Annual Assessments, and Support Plans (5 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  553004
Saturday, November 9, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m..................................Cost: $100 REGISTER


Budgeting, Financial Record Keeping, and Resident Records (4 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
553007
Saturday, November 9, 1:30–5:30 p.m............................................Cost: $80 REGISTER


Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness (4 hrs.)
Schedule #:
  553010
Friday, November 15, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m......................................Cost: $80 REGISTER


Cultural Competency (3 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
553013
Friday, November 15, 1:30–4:30 p.m..............................................Cost: $60 REGISTER


Medication Procedures, Medication Effects and Side Effects, and
Universal Precautions (7 hrs.)
Schedule #: 
553016
Saturday, November 16, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ..............................Cost: $140 REGISTER