Accelerated Personal Care Home Administrator Training

PCHA, 100-Hour Training

Our partnering campus, Penn State York offers the entire 100 hours of training and the exam via Zoom.

(10 CEUs) PA Code 2600 (35PA.B.2499) Approved by the Department of Human Services

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

The entire 100 hours of training is offered in a condensed weekend format, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Students are expected to obtain their CPR/AED training at their workplace or from an approved provider. If you need assistance with scheduling, please contact us. All sessions must be attended or made up elsewhere.

In order to be hired and work as a Personal Care Home Administrator in Pennsylvania, you must meet the educational requirements (see below), complete the 100-hour program, pass the test, and attend a one-day Department of Human Services Orientation. There is no fee for the orientation.

2023 PCHA Orientation Schedule1.05 MB

Educational requirements (must have one of the following):

  • 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 and one year of 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 of direct care or administrative experience in the human services field

PCHA 100-Hour Training in just four weekends!

The entire 100 hours of training is offered in both full- and half-day formats, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for four weekends.

Dates: January 20 - February 11, 2023 or April 14 - May 6, 2023
Location: Virtual Via Zoom
Fee:  $ 1,450 (This includes the test)

Scholarships for the 100-hour course are available through the Thomas R. Roth Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Option 1: Course Schedule for January 20 - February 11, 2023

Course  Date Time
Gerontology Friday, January 20  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Care for Residents with Developmental Disabilities Friday, January 20  2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Staff Supervision Saturday, January 21 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fire Prevention and Safety Sunday, January 22 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Resident Rights Sunday, January 22 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Medication Procedures and Effects Friday, January 27  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Local, State, and Federal Laws Friday, January 27  3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Care for Residents with Mental Illness Saturday, January 28  8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Budgeting, Financial Recordkeeping Sunday, January 29 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Writing and Implementing Assessments and Support Plans Sunday, January 29 12:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Reporting Friday, February 3 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Resident Home Contracts Friday, February 3 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Cultural Competency Saturday, February 4 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Community Resources Saturday, February 4 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Recreation Saturday, February 4 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
Personal Care and Hygiene Sunday, February 5 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Care for Residents with Dementia/Cognitive Impairment Friday, February 10 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nutrition, Food Handling and Sanitation Saturday, February 11 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
     

Option 2: Course Schedule for April 14 - May 6, 2023

Course  Date Time
Gerontology Friday, April 14  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Care for Residents with Developmental Disabilities Friday, April 14  2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Staff Supervision Saturday, April 15 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fire Prevention and Safety Sunday, April 16 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Resident Rights Sunday, April 16 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Local, State and Federal Laws Sunday, April 16 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Budgeting, Financial Recordkeeping  Friday, April 21 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Writing and Implementing Assessments and Support Plans Friday, April 21  12:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Medication Procedures and Effects Saturday, April 22 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Nutrition, Food Handling and Sanitation Sunday, April 23 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Reporting Friday, April 28 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Resident Home Contracts Friday, April 28  2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cultural Competency Saturday, April 29  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Recreation  Saturday, April 29  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Community Resource Saturday, April 29  2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Care for Residents with Dementia/Cognitive Impairment Sunday, April 30 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Personal Care and Hygiene Friday, May 5 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Care for Residents with Mental Illness Saturday, May 6 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
     

Students must also have a current CPR/AED certification. If certification is needed, please let us know and we can provide information for classes.

PCHA Test and Registration

Nursing Home Administrators: If you are a Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Pennsylvania, you are eligible to take the PCHA test without taking the additional 100 hours of training. Upon successful completion of the test, you will receive your PCHA certificate. You are also required to complete the one-day DHS orientation.

Date: By appointment  Cost: $150  Time/Location: Please call 717-771-4032 for a testing date and time.

Other PCHA schedule  online options with our partnering campuses:

Penn State Abington - 14 weeks

  • February 28 through May 25, 2023, Evening format
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays (occasional Wednesday) (6:00 – 9:30 p.m.)
  • Register for the Penn State Abington 100-hour training

Penn State Dubois - 7 weeks

  • January 17 through March 2, 2023, Daytime format
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (most classes will end by 5:00 p.m.)
  • Register for the Penn State Dubois 100-hour training