Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program

The Good Shepherd Long-Term Care Nursing Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) prepares you to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) competency examination.

Good Shepherd’s intensive, paid, 120.5-hour course is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and covers all required curriculum for certification.

Classes are held on Good Shepherd Rehabilitation’s South Allentown campus, 850 S. 5th St., Allentown, PA 18103. Clinical rotations are based at Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center, 601 St. John St., Allentown, PA 18103.

Program Details

During the program’s four weeks, candidates accepted into the program will be trained on:

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA) role and function
  • Infection prevention
  • Residents’ rights
  • Recognizing and preventing abuse
  • Resident safety and handling emergencies
  • Behavioral health
  • Personal care skills
  • Nutrition
  • Communication skills

After completing Good Shepherd’s program, trainees are hired to open CNA positions at one of two nursing homes in the Lehigh Valley: Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center (Allentown) or Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem. Both locations are home to a combined 159 residents who live with severe disabilities, such as spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.

Program Benefits

  • Candidates accepted into the program are hired as certified nursing assistant trainees at Good Shepherd and are paid while training
  • There is minimal wait time between completing the program and beginning your CNA position
  • Pay increases to a higher CNA rate after completing certification

Upcoming Training

The next Good Shepherd Long-Term Care Nursing Aide Training and Competency Evaluation program takes place Sept. 6, 2024, through Oct. 4, 2024.

To learn more or get started, email [email protected].