Personal Care Home Administrator Training

Accelerated Personal Care Home Administrator Training (PCHA, 100 Hours)

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

Penn State Lehigh Valley is partnering with Penn State York to offer the entire 100 hours of Accelerated Personal Care Home Administrator training and the exam via zoom.

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.

You are also required to attend a Personal Care Home Administrator Orientation before you are considered a Personal Care Home Administrator.

Please Note: Licensed Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) who wish to become licensed as a Personal Care Home Administrator must complete the orientation and test. The fee for NHA’s to take the test is $150. Please contact Penn State York to register for the exam only.

Qualifications necessary to attend this program

(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 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 direct care or administrative experience in the human services field

You must attend a one-day Department of Human Services Orientation in addition to the 100-hour course. There is no fee for the orientation.

2021 Personal Care Home Online Administrator Orientation Program Schedule

Course Schedule - 4 Weekends

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

Dates: July 8-July 31, 2022
Location: Classes offered via Zoom
Cost: $1,450 (This includes the test.)

Register for the course online or call 610 285 5133


Courses in the PCHA 100-Hour Training

Course (hours)



Gerontology (6)

Friday, July 8

8:00 a.m.-2:30p.m.

Care for Residents with Developmental Disabilities  (2)   

Friday, July 8

2:45-4:45 p.m.

Staff Supervision  (8)

Saturday, July 9

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Resident Rights (2)

Sunday, July 10

8:00-11:00 a.m.

Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness  (4)

Sunday, July 10

11:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Medication Procedures and Effects (7)

Friday, July 15

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Local, State and Federal Laws

Friday, July 15

3:15-5:15 p.m.

Care for Residents with Mental Illness (9)

Saturday, July 16

8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Budgeting, Financial Record Keeping  (4)

Sunday, July 17

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Writing and Implementing Assessments and Support Plans  (5)

Sunday, July 17

12:15-5:15 p.m.

Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Report  (6)

Friday, July 22

8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Resident Home Contracts (2)

Friday, July 22

2:15-4:15 p.m.

Personal Care and Hygiene (9)

Saturday, July 23

8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Community Resources  (4)

Sunday, July 24

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Recreation (4)

Sunday, July 24

12:15-4:15 p.m.

Care for Residents with Dementia/Cognitive Impairment (8)

Friday, July 15

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nutrition, Food Handling and Sanitation (7)

Saturday, July 30

8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cultural Competency (3)

Sunday, July 31

8:00-11:00 a.m.

Test – will start scheduling afternoon of Monday, August 1



Certification in CPR/AED and First Aid (if not current)  

TBD – if needed

8:00 a.m.-4:00 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 Date 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 training. Upon successful completion of the test, you will receive your PCHA certificate.

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

Register Here

If the above PCHA schedule does not meet your needs, we have other online options with our partnering campuses:

Penn State Abington - 14 weeks
September 13 through December 16, 2022
Evening format
Tuesdays/Thursdays (occasional Wednesday) (6:00–9:30 p.m.)

Register for the Penn State Abington 100-hour training


Penn State DuBois - 6 weeks
January 18 through February 24, 2022
Full day format
Tuesdays/Thursdays (8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

Register for the Penn State DuBois 100-hour training