Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Nurses Aide Course

Nurses Aide Program

View special enrollment requirements >> 
View special tuition and fee rates >>

If you are a nurturing and sensitive individual who wants to convert passion into a career, consider training as a nurse aide at Delaware County Community College. The College offers a specialized “Excellence in Care” program as a 133-hour intensive course that prepares students for employment in acute care, acute rehab, hospice, home health care and long-term care facilities.

Our students enjoy a rigorous training program led by professionals with regional experience and insights. Coupled with 60 hours of required clinical experience, students completing the program are well suited to compete for these high demand jobs.

In addition to clinical preparation, this course emphasizes a number of life-enrichment themes that can offer profound and permanent benefits for students:

  • Leadership skills
  • Service excellence values
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Interpersonal and civility skills in the workplace
  • Professionalism and employability skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time and stress management

Students completing this course are qualified to take the Nurse Assistant Competency exam with the American Red Cross to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and be placed on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry. Departmental approval is required to enroll in the course to comply with federal and state legislative requirements-OBRA and Act 14.

Special Enrollment Requirements

Students wishing to be considered for this course must complete the following steps:

1.  Delaware County Community College application and payment of the application fee
Complete the application now >>

2. Pre-Entrance Forms: 
First Required Form - Pre-Entrace Medical Verification Form - Download the form >> 
The first required form must be completed by your health care provider. It includes a two-step Tuberculosis Test (Mantoux or PPD). Once the form is completed, signed, and stamped by physician, it must be turned in to Susan Coppock in the division office with program health requirements. 

3. Second Required Form - Functional Abilities - Download the form >>
This form must be completed by the student. 

4. Medical Insurance
You must have proof of current health insurance coverage. (Proof of medical insurance is mandatory). 

5.  FBI Check: Only complete this step if you have not lived in Pennsylvania in the last two years
View FBI check procedures >>  Click the link and follow all of the steps for online registration, including how to obtain your fingerprints. After you have completed all of the steps, you will receive your approval letter from the State Coordinator for Nurse Aide Training Programs. This final approval letter must accompany your entrance packet to Susan Coppock. 

Special Tuition and Fee Rates

Tuition and Fees are due upon registration of course. Estimated costs outlined below are associated with courses beginning Fall 2014: Delaware County Community College reserves the right to change tuition and/or fees without notice.

Tuition and Fee rates
  Sponsoring School District Non-Sponsoring School District
Tuition $   630.00 $  1260.00
Activity fee  12.00 12.00
ISF Instructional Support Fee 234.00 234.00
ISF2 Instructional Support Fee 60.00 60.00
Records Processing Fee 20.00 20.00
Nursing Liability Insurance  5.00 5.00
Application Fee  25.00  25.00
Plant Fee   18.00
Estimated Total of Tuition & Fees: $  986.00 $1,634.00

Please note tuition prices are different for out-of-state residents: call admissions for information at 

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to apply for competency testing with the American Red Cross. Our classroom is an approved testing site. Students usually test with their classmates. After completing the course, If you wish to test at Delaware County Community College, please submit a money order in the amount of the correct fee to your clinical instructor during your clinical rotation. Please make money order payable to: American Red Cross, complete your information on the money order as indicated. Your instructor will submit to the Program Assistant to process.

Current testing fees (effective 7/1/05):
Written and Skills Eval. =  $102.00
Testing should occur 4 to 6 weeks after you complete the course.