Personal Care Home Administrator Training at Penn State

Updated on September 12, 2013

This continuing education health care program is designed for those professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and for health care workers who need to meet their continuing education requirements. These courses will address topics surrounding personal care homes as well as those issues related to patients who need home care assistance. For additional information contact Dr. Mary Sacavage at 570-385-6217 or [email protected].

Who Should Attend:

  • Administrators and aspiring Administrators
  • Nurses, caregivers, and health care professionals who wish to fulfill continuing education requirements


The entire 100 hours of training is offered in a Tuesday/Thursday format. September 24 to October 31, 2013, with the CPR/First Aid class to be arranged at each location.

(Lunch is on your own) Cost:  $1395

(A more detailed schedule is below)

**First Aid Training/Certification in CPR and Obstructed Airways Techniques (includes American Red Cross Certification). Cost:  $172 (This fee includes a $32 fee that is charged by the American Red Cross for your certification)

Date/Time to be determined by each location

**If you are already CPR and First Aid certified, you are exempt from this session. Please provide a copy of your certificate along with your registration. Please note, no discount if you are already certified.

Classes will be held at the following locations via Video Learning Network


  • Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA
  • Penn State Fayette, Uniontown, PA
  • Penn State Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, PA
  • Penn State Northern Tier, Towanda, PA
  • Penn State Schuylkill, Schuylkill Haven, PA
  • Penn State Worthington-Scranton, Dunmore, PA

PCHA Exam Schedule

Thursday, October 31, 2013    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Allow for two hours; this is the maximum time to complete the 100 question, multiple-choice exam.

Please note:  Licensed nursing home administrators who wish to become certified as personal care home administrators must successfully complete the orientation and the exam. The fee for nursing home administrators to take the exam is $100.

Link for scholarship information

Scholarships may be available through the PA Department of Public Welfare. Please call 717-783-3670 for information or view the website at:

Required Administrator Orientation

In addition to attendance in the 100 hour Administrator training program, participants must also attend the required PA Department of Public Welfare Administrator Orientation. The orientation is provided by the PA Department of Welfare at no cost.

Orientation will be available at the participating Penn State locations on October 16, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact the Department of Public Welfare to register. Please call DPW with any questions at 1-888-322-3664 or visit the website at:

Attendance and Continuing Education Credit Hours

Accurate records of attendance will be maintained to verify and report the continuing education credit hours. Upon your completion of the program, a certificate of completion will be mailed to you.

Video Learning Network

The Video Learning Network (VLN) is a videoconferencing system that enables an instructor to be located in one classroom, while the students are located in multiple classrooms. In a VLN classroom, cameras and microphones are used to broadcast the instructor and students across all sites via TV monitors. Other equipment enables the instructor to share instructional materials, such as PowerPoint presentations, documents, and videos.


Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Mary Sacavage at 570-385-6217 in advance of your participation or visit.

Continuing Education Disclaimer

Penn State School of Nursing Outreach is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, and accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Planners, faculty, and presenters disclose no conflict of interest relative to this educational activity.

Cancellation Policy:  Registration must be received one week prior to the beginning of the course. The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course because of insufficient enrollment or for other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled, registrants will be notified by phone and a refund will be processed. Otherwise, refunds will be made only if written cancellation is received at least ten business days prior to the first class. To cancel a registration, fax or email your notification to 570-385-6216 or [email protected]. There will be no refunds issued after September 10, 2013.

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