The program


To prepare students for the Nurse Aide Registry exam and for a career as a Nurse aide or higher, the Philadelphia Academy for Nurse Aide Training Inc. (PANAT) program includes the following topics and skills:

  • Role and Function
  • Communication
  • Infection Control
  • Safety and Emergency
  • Clients Rights/Client Independence
  • Nutrition
  • Identify and Report Conditions of the Body System
  • Personal Care /Client Environment
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Restorative
  • Behavioral Health and Social Needs
  • Care of Cognitively Impaired
  • Clinical
  • CPR/First Aide/Clinical Orientation
  • Theory review


Completion of our four week Program leads to a Diploma in Nurse Aide Training. In addition our program also includes certifications in CPR and First Aid.

Our four week program provides students the knowledge and skills to pass the Pennsylvania State Nurse Aide Competency and Training Examination.

Upon completion of the four week Nurse Aide Training program, graduates should take the Pennsylvania State Nurse Aide Competency and Training Examination in order to be listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry. Successful completing the course and passing the state Nurse Aide test allows individuals to be listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry which is necessary to obtain/keep entry level nurse aide positions in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, adult day care centers and rehabilitation centers.

Immediately upon graduation, however, between course completion and taking the exam, students are eligible to work as a Nurse Aide for up to 120 days. To work past 120 days after graduation as a Nurse Aide you must take and pass the Pa Nurse Aide exam.


Admission Requirements

Be at least seventeen (17) years of age

Read at a minimum 5th grade reading level. (passing reading test administered)

Perform simple math functions at a 7th grade level (passing math test administered)

Provide a Physical Exam/Health Form completed by physician which states

  • Applicant is in good general health free from infectious or communicable disease
  • can lift 40 pounds of weight.
  • includes a negative TB screening test (either 2-step PPD or chest x-ray if PPD is positive) done within past 12 months.

Clear a criminal background check which is free from any felonies or other prohibitive offenses. Click here to see list of prohibited offences or check with the admissions Office

The cost of the criminal background check is $25.00.

Program Completion/Certificate Awards

Upon successful completion of the Nurse Aide Training Program students will receive a Certification of Completion from Philadelphia Academy for Nurse Aide Training, and a Certification in CPR and First Aid.

Graduates of the PANAT CNA Program are eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania Competency Examination. Graduates who successfully pass both the skills examination and the written examination will be listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Registry.

The cost to take this exam is $102.00. Pennsylvania State Competency Exams are conducted at locations through-out the Philadelphia area. The exam is licensed by the American Red Cross. All graduates will receive proper notification of the times, location and dates of the tests.

Placement Assistance Available to Graduates

Placement assistance will be made to PANAT CNA Graduates who have passed the Pennsylvania Competency Examination.
Please note that although Philadelphia Academy For Nurse Aide Training, Inc. offers job placement assistance, it cannot guarantee employment following graduation from the Nurse Aide Training Program.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Philadelphia Academy For Nurse Aide Training, Inc. (PANAT) will not discriminate in its educational program, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, union membership, marital status or any other legally protected classification. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Based on our state pass rate, we are one of the most successful programs in the area. In addition we run small classes and are located on a major SEPTA route and close to a SEPTA Hub. In addition we have lots of off street FREE parking in a secured lot.

The building where we are located also has a children’s day Care center (not affiliated with PANAT)

In addition to providing outstanding training to prepare you to take the state exam and a job as a Nurse Aide, we invite potential employers to our location during classes to present employment opportunities and meet with our soon to be graduating students. When a nursing home hires you, they will even reimburse your PANAT tuition.

So why wait…Apply now!!!