Personal Care Home Administrator Training

Personal Care Home Administrator Training

Fulfill your required training at a convenient, low-cost location.

Penn State delivers continuing education for health care professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and/or administrators and direct-care staff who must meet continuing education requirements.

In addition, individuals who are providing elder care for family members will find several or all topics to be of value and are welcome to attend these courses.

Our programs address issues surrounding personal care homes as well as the responsibility to provide safe, humane, comfortable, and supportive residential settings for adults who don't require the services in or of a licensed, long-term care facility, but do require assistance or supervision with daily living activities and other physical and mental life skills.

All individuals who completed the 100-hour standardized department-approved administrator training course after January 31, 2009, must successfully complete the orientation program for new administrators and a competency test with a passing score in accordance with 55 Pa.Code § 2600.64(a)(3) (relating to administrator training and orientation).

In addition, current administrators must complete at least 24 hours of training related to job duties. All direct-care staff must complete 12 hours of training.

Penn State is an approved provider through the Department of Human Services Bureau of Human Services Licensing under the Personal Care Homes Licensing Regulations as of April 23, 2005, published in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (35 Pa.B.2499).

Admissions Requirements

You must have one of the following DHS requirements before attending:

  • A license as a registered nurse from the Department of State
  • An associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university
  • A license as a licensed practical nurse from the Department of State and one year of work experience in a related field.
  • A license as a nursing home administrator from the Department of State. For a home serving eight or fewer residents, individuals must have a general education development diploma or high school diploma and two years of direct care or administrative experience in the human services field.


You may register for the entire program for a total cost of $1,228, or you may choose to take classes as needed. These courses may be taken as part of the required 24-hour continuing education credits. Scholarships for the 100-hour course are available through the Thomas R. Roth Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Required Department of Human Services Orientation

You must attend one of the following orientation dates, in addition to the 100 hours course, in order to be eligible to take the PCHA exam. There is no fee for the orientation.

Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register for May 11, 2018 Orientation

Entire Course

Late Spring 2018: Monday - Saturday, April 16-21, 2018 and Monday - Friday, April 23-27, 2018

Register for Late Spring 100 Hours Program.

Summer 2018: Monday - Saturday, May 14-19, 2018 and Monday - Friday, June 4-8, 2018

Register for Summer 2018 100 Hours Program

Cost: $1,228 *

Individual courses

Please contact our office at 724-773-3700 if you would like to register for individual courses.

Course Late Spring Summer Time Cost
 2018 Schedule of Courses
Medication Procedures Monday, April 16 Monday, May 14 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM $105
Recreation Monday, April 16 Monday, May 14 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM $60
Personal Care & Hygiene Tuesday, April 17 Tuesday, May 15 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM $135
Cultural Competency Tuesday, April 17 Tuesday, May 15 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $45
Gerontology Wednesday, April 18 Wednesday, May 16 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM $90
First Aid & CPR Wednesday, April 18 Wednesday, May 16 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM $45
Nutrition, Food Handling & Sanitation Thursday, April 19 Thursday, May 17 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM $105
Care for Residents with Mental Illness Friday, April 20 Friday, May 18 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM $135
Writing Assessments Saturday, April 21 Saturday, May 19 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM $75
Fire Prevention Monday, April 23 Monday, June 4 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM $60
Abuse & Neglect Prevention Monday, April 23 Monday, June 4 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM $90
Care for Residents with Dementia Tuesday, April 24 Tuesday, June 5 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM $120
Community Resources Wednesday, April 25 Wednesday, June 6 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM $60
Budgeting and Financial Recordkeeping Wednesday, April 25 Wednesday, June 6 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM $60
Care for Residents with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Wednesday, April 25 Wednesday, June 6 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM $30
Local, State and Federal Laws Thursday, April 26 Thursday, June 7 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM $30
Resident Home Contracts Thursday, April 26 Thursday, June 7 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM $30
Resident Rights Thursday, April 26 Thursday, June 7 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $45
Staff Supervision Friday, April 27 Friday, June 8 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM $120
Exam Friday, April 27 Friday, June 8    

Upon completion of the 100-hour program you may take the certification exam at no cost. Failure to pass will result in a fee of $100 to retake the exam. Prior to a third exam attempt, you are required to retake the 100-hour program.

Licensed Nursing Home Administrators who wish to become licensed as a Personal Care Home Administrator must complete the orientation and exam. The fee for the exam is $150. Please call our office to schedule an appointment to take the exam.

For more information or to register by phone please call 724-773-3700.

* Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is due upon registration. Registration cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until one week prior to the first class. After that, the individual may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.