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How Do I become a Nurse Aide?


For inquiries call 1-800-852-0518

For more information on how to become a nurse aide in Pennsylvania and to receive a booklet titled Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook, phone the American Red Cross at 1-800-795-2350. This easy to read booklet will give you general information about how to become a nurse aide and sample test questions that will be asked during the testing process. Further resources on nurse aide contact information are available for your convenience.

A nurse aide who is not enrolled or in good standing on the registry may not be employed in a nursing care facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. Facilities must verify that aides they employ or are considering for employment are eligible for enrollment (or re-enrollment) as nurse aides and have no record of resident abuse, neglect or misappropriation of residents personal property.

Verification has been made easier by the use of the Nurse Aide Registry On-line which allows facilities to use the Internet to check the status of any nurse aide on the registry.

Information regarding obtaining the complete list of Nurse Aides on the Registry (active, inactive, and annotated) is available through Nursing Care Facilities.

Each month the division receives over 100 allegations of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property by nursing aides working in nursing facilities. All allegations are investigated and, if warranted, further action against the nurse aide's registration is recommended.


More Information on Becoming a Nurse Aide



Want to File a concern or Complaint?

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If you have a concern or complaint, call 800-254-5164 or visit the Nursing Home Complaints page.