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 $1,240, 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-hour course, in order to be eligible to take the PCHA exam. There is no fee for the orientation.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register for Personal Care Home Administrator Orientation here.

Entire Course

Dates: Monday - Friday, January 14 - 19, 2019 and Monday - Friday, February 11 - 15, 2019

Cost: $1,240 *

Register for Personal Care Home Administrator 100-Hour Course here.

Individual courses

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

Course Date Time Cost
 Winter 2019 Personal Care Home Administrator Courses
Medication Procedures

Monday, January 14

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM $105

Monday, January 14

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM $60
Personal Care & Hygiene Tuesday, January 15 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM $135
Cultural Competency Tuesday, January 15 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $45
Gerontology Wednesday, January 16 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM $90
First Aid & CPR Wednesday, January 16 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM $105
Nutrition, Food Handling & Sanitation Thursday, January 17 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM $105
Writing Assessments Thursday, January 17 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM $75
Care for Residents with Mental Illness Friday, January 18 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM $135
Fire Prevention Monday, February 11 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM $60
Abuse & Neglect Prevention Monday, February 11 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM $90
Care for Residents with Dementia Tuesday, February 12 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM $120
Community Resources Wednesday, February 13 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM $60
Budgeting and Financial Recordkeeping Wednesday, February 13 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM $60
Care for Residents with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Wednesday, February 13 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM $30
Local, State and Federal Laws Thursday, February 14 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM $30
Resident Home Contracts Thursday, February 14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM $30
Resident Rights Thursday, February 14 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM $45
Staff Supervision Friday, February 15 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM $120
Exam Friday, February 15    


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 $150 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 Personal Care Home Administrators 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.