Accelerated Personal Care Home Administrator (PCHA) 100-Hour Training

Program Overview

This program is offered to Penn State Berks students in cooperation with Penn State Abington, Penn State DuBois and Penn State York.

This course is for current and aspiring personal care administrators or nurses, caregivers, and healthcare professionals who wish to fulfill continuing education requirements. This program features Pennsylvania Department of Human Services standardized and approved curriculum and consists of nineteen courses that vary in length from two to nine hours.


Penn State PCHA 2023

In order to be hired and work as a Personal Care Home Administrator in Pennsylvania, you must meet the educational requirements (see below), complete the 100-hour program, pass the test, and attend a one-day Department of Human Services Orientation. There is no fee for the 2023 PCH Orientation.

  • 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.

PCHA Orientation Schedule

This is a free, mandatory, 6-hour program that must be completed before, during, or after the 100-Hour Training and exam in order to operate as a Personal Care Home Administrator.  Registration is required and fills up quickly.

2023 Personal Care Home Online Administrator Orientation Program Schedule

Why choose the Penn State PCHA program?

  • Earn your professional education with Penn State-the Big Ten in your backyard!
  • Penn State offers online options to fit your busy schedule.
  • Every one of our instructors are subject matter experts.  You will not find more qualified instructors anywhere.
  • Our proven track record speaks for itself: we have trained hundreds of graduates since 2012 and a pass rate of 98%.

PCHA Spring 2023 Online Program Options

Day Program (6 weeks) in cooperation with Penn State DuBois

Dates:  January 17 – March 2, 2023 (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Delivery Mode: All courses are delivered via Zoom 
Tuition Fee: $1,450

Register for the 6 week Day Program 100-hour training

Weekend Program (4 weeks) in cooperation with Penn State York

Dates: January 20 – February 11, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Delivery Mode: All courses are delivered via Zoom
Classroom Tuition Fee: $1,450

Register for the 4 Weekend Program 100-hour training 

Evening Program (10 weeks) in cooperation with Penn State Abington

Dates: February 28 – May 25, 2023 (Tuesdays/Thursdays and an occasional Wednesday)
Time:  6:00–9:30 p.m.
Delivery Mode:  All courses are delivered via Zoom
Tuition Fee: $1,450

Register for the 10 week Evening Program 100-hour training

Students must also have a current CPR/AED certification. If certification is needed, please let us know and we can provide agency referrals.

PCHA 100-hour Training Exam

Have you already completed the PCHA 100-hour training? 
Register for an online proctored PCHA exam