Senate Education Committee Oks Judy Ward Plan to Allow Certain Nurse-Aide Training to be Completed Online

(HARRISBURG) – The state Senate Education Committee today approved Senator Judy Ward’s (R-30) plan to allow certain components of nurse-aide training to be conducted online.

“Recognizing the increasing role of online learning, my bill allows more individuals who have an interest in being a nurses’ aid to consider the profession by taking classes online and helps address a long-standing labor shortage that nursing homes have been facing,” Senator Judy Ward said. “In order to make this an option, we need to update the current program requirements to allow online learning for the classroom instruction while maintaining in-person clinical hours.”

Senate Bill 729 would authorize online delivery for the classroom and theory components of the state-approved nurse-aide training program and blended delivery for the lab or clinical component of the training. The state-approved nurse-aide training program is currently comprised of at least 120 hours of in-class and clinical training.

The Education Committee unanimously approved the bill that now moves to the full Senate for consideration.


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