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What is Teaching the Educator (TTE) NurseAide Instructor Course?

The Nurse Aide TTE Workshop serves to facilitate the process of transitioning professional nurses from the role of practitioner into the role of instructor of nurse aide training.

By developing knowledge and practice involving curriculum development, content requirement, and teaching an evaluative methodology, you, as a professional nurse, should leave the workshop prepared to successfully teach Nurse Aide training.

TTE is a collaborative endeavor between The Center for Professional Personnel Development at The Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

A "Certificate of Completion" is issued to those who successfully complete the workshop in its entirety and meet CMS qualifications. The names and license numbers of those who complete the workshop will be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Dates & Times

dates and times

dates and times

Qualifications

In order to become a Program Coordinator, Primary Instructor, or Assistant Instructor you must meet the qualifications listed below for that specific role AND complete the "Nurse Aide Training: Teaching the Educator" Program approved by the State.

Registration for individuals not affiliated with a nursing home or current NATCEP will be permitted to register for the course only if their request has been approved by the Pa Department of Education and the course is not filled 2 weeks from the registration deadline.

Federal regulation requires a nursing facility to hire individuals who are on the nurse aide registry or who complete a nurse aide program and become enrolled on the registry within 120 days of hire; therefore, priority will be given to instructors who are employed by a long-term care nursing facility or state approved program.

 

Program Coordinator

  • This person does not have to be a nurse.
  • Responsible for the administration and coordination of the nurse aide training program activities.

Primary Instructor who must, according to State and Federal regulations:

  • Be a Registered Nurse with two years of nursing experience as an RN.
  • Have at least one year in the provision of long-term care service as an RN. This includes meeting resident's psychosocial, behavioral, cognitive and physical needs through direct care, supervision or education. Long-term care experience must include a minimum of 200 hours over the course of one full year.
  • Possess a current and unrestricted RN license in Pennsylvania.

Assistant Instructor who must, according to State and Federal regulations:

  • Be a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse with two years of nursing experience as an RN/LPN.
  • Have at least one year in the provision or long-term care service as an RN/LPN. This includes meeting resident's psychosocial, behavioral, cognitive and physical needs through direct care, supervision or education. Long-term care experience must include a minimum of 200 hours over the course of one full year.
  • Possess a current and unrestricted RN/LPN license in Pennsylvania.

If you do not meet the qualifications listed above for the specific role you will be in, you may not attend.

In certain circumstances, provided you have the required verifiable teaching competency, you could be exempt from completing the Online portion of the workshop. Click More Details to learn about the circumstances and to request approval.

Registration Guidelines

All registrations must be completed online. After reviewing this section, please click on REGISTRATION and complete the online web form. Once you submit the form you will automatically be taken to the credit card payment screen. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. We require 20 paid participants to hold a workshop and our maximum capacity is 30. You must enter each individual participants information accurately. Without accurate participant information you may not be successfully enrolled in the course and it is impossible for us to maintain records or properly communicate with participants regarding the course and live sessions.

Qualifications

You must be qualified to attend this workshop. Please read the Qualifications section to determine if you are qualified. Please note: Registration for individuals not affiliated with a nursing home or current NATCEP will be permitted to register for the workshop only if it is not filled 2 weeks from the registration deadline.

Registration for individuals not affiliated with a nursing home or current NATCEP will be permitted to register for the course only if their request has been approved by the Pa Department of Education and the course is not filled 2 weeks from the registration deadline.

Federal regulation requires a nursing facility to hire individuals who are on the nurse aide registry or who complete a nurse aide program and become enrolled on the registry within 120 days of hire; therefore, priority will be given to instructors who are employed by a long-term care nursing facility or state approved program.

Costs

Cost to attend the standard Online Course and Two Day Workshop is $165.00.
Required course materials are ordered separately for an additional fee.
See Materials for more details.

If you have the proper qualifications and have been pre-approved by the PA Department of Education you can attend just the last 2 days of the workshop for certification. Cost to attend the last 2 days is $115.00. Again, this must be pre-approved. Please read the Qualifications section for more information.

Payments

Credit Card payment is strongly encouraged and must be made online. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone. We accept both Visa® and MasterCard®. If a facility is making a payment for you we will accept checks, however, registration is processed on a first paid basis.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made prior to the deadline for registration. Refunds will not be made after the registration deadline. The only exception is when Penn State cancels the workshop. Workshops can be cancelled by Penn State for various reasons. Examples include low enrollment, inclement weather and facility or scheduling issues. See below for Refunds and Transfers restrictions. You must attend the two day live sessions associated with the Online Course. If you cannot complete or attend either one of these, you will need to re-register for another course/ live two day sessions as well as pay the registration fee again. See Refunds, Transfers and Forfeits sections for more details.

Refunds

Refunds will not be made after the registration deadline. See Cancellation Policy and Transfers sections.

Forfeits

If you cancel your registration before the deadline, you are eligible for a refund. See Refunds. If you cancel or fail to attend or completed a portion of the workshop after the deadline, you are not eligible for a refund.

Certification

Unless you were approved to only attend the last Two Day Workshop, you must successfully complete both the Online Course and the Two Day live sessions to receive certification. You may not attend the Two Day live sessions until you have successfully completed the Online Course. Successful completion of the Online Course means you have completed all the assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor within the three week time period. Should you fail to complete the Online Course, you may not be able to attend the corresponding Two Day live sessions. You will need to sign up for a another course and pay the registration fee again, see the Transfers section above for information on how to achieve this. Successful completion of the Two Day live sessions requires prompt attendance for both days and is at the discretion of the Pennsylvania Department of Education instructors. Certification is awarded based a specific number hours of instruction. Failure to complete the workshops or attend during the scheduled times may result in your certification being withheld until you have completed the required number hours of instruction.

Certification is good indefinitely, meaning it does not expire. If you've lost your certificate or if your name has changed on your license, you may request a replacement. Please note, the replacement certificate may be associated with a replacement fee. Please contact Staci Lynch at [email protected] and include the following information: You will need to email or fax a copy of your current license along with a current mailing address and give a rough idea of when you took the workshop. If your name changed, please also include your previous name. The official certificate must and will be sent via US Mail but we can also email you an unofficial scanned version. Often times, this unofficial copy will suffice until the official copy arrives by mail.

If you still have questions regarding registration, please read the FAQ section, then contact Staci Lynch at (814) 863-0805 or [email protected]

 

Overview

With a focus on the characteristics of adult learners, teaching methodologies, course design, and evaluation tools, this course prepares individuals to successfully teach and administer Nurse Aide Courses in accordance with Pennsylvania State regulations and Federal specifications.

Access

Once the course for a specific workshop is opened, the course is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at this web address http://psucteonline.mrooms2.net. Participants will be sent instructions on how to log in 1 week prior to the course start date. However, the course will not open until the first day listed on the Dates, Times and Locations page. Should one have any technical issues with the course or logging in after it is open please contact Maria Border at [email protected] and/ or Staci Lynch at [email protected]

Timing

The course will take place over a three week period but, it may not take participants that long to complete. it is important to note that while participants are free to complete the course as their schedules permit, there are weekly assignments due on the last day of each week. In addition, the instructor must review and approve all submitted work before the course is complete.

Content

The Course is divided into 3 week sections. Each section has suggested assignment due dates. Each assignment will be reviewed according to a rubric. Participants may be asked to resubmit work should the instructor feel this work does not meet expectations outlined in the rubric. Failure to submit acceptable work and within the required time periods could result in course failure. If the Online Course is not completed you may not be able to attend the 2 Day live sessions and you will not receive certification until the entire course is repeated.

Week 1

  • Introduction to teaching
  • Qualities of great teachers
  • Characteristics of learners
  • Curriculum, lesson plans, course syllabus, program objectives

Week 2

  • Choosing course materials
  • Teaching strategies
  • Demonstration and Clinical Techniques
  • Writing lesson plans

Week 3

  • Intro to testing and evaluation
  • Writing test questions
  • Nurse Aide Competency Exam
  • Clinical rating sheets/documentation
  • Nurse Aide course evaluations

 

The TTE Course consists of a three week online portion followed by a two day live session.

You are required to complete BOTH the Online Course
AND the Two Day Workshop to receive certification.
You must take the Online Course and Two Day workshop at the same time.

Online Course

The online course has no set hours. You sign in, view and complete assignments as your schedule allows.
You will be provided with information on how to log into the online course after you successfully register.
Please see the schedule below for when your online course begins. You may not begin your course until it's start date.
You must take the online course that corresponds with the two day workshop.
If you can not attend the two day workshop that corresponds with your online course, you will have to complete the online course again.
You must complete the online course before you can attend the two day.
If you fail to complete the online course, you will have to reschedule the entire course.

Two Day Workshop

The two day workshop is held on the days and hours shown below. You must attend both days.
Wednesdays: 8:30am to 4:00pm.
Thursdays: 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Lunch will be provided.

Before you register, please read the Participant Qualifications and Registration Guidelines.
When you are ready to register, click on REGISTRATION.

You will need to purchase the 2020 Nurse Aide Instructor Manual from Fed Ex. Please see below for ordering information.

Materials for the Online Course will be contained within the Course.

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE THE TTE BINDER FOR THE TWO DAY WORKSHOP FROM FedEx
AND COMPLETE THE PREREQUISITE ASSIGNMENTS IN THE BINDER.

YOU MAY NOT USE A BINDER FROM A PREVIOUS WORKSHOP.

FedEX will not refund the cost of the materials should the workshop be cancelled or you choose not to attend. In addition, the content is frequently updated.

FedEx Ordering Phone Number: 814-238-2679

The cost is approximately $64 plus shipping and tax.
Tell them you wish to order the Penn State TTE 2020 Workshop Binder
Binders will be sent to you within 3-5 business days after ordering. If you have issues with your order, call FedEx.

The Pennsylvania State University

Workforce Education and Development Program at Penn State:

https://ed.psu.edu/ppdc

PA Nurse Aide Instructor Resources CLICK HERE

This is the most current update to the TTE Binder (PDE Portion Only). It cannot be used for workshops. It is intended for past participants who completed the workshop some time in the past who may need to stay current with updates.

National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE)

Recommended Nurse Aide Curriculum and 2020 Binders

PA Dept. of Health/Long Term Care & Nursing Homes
The goal of Pennsylvania’s Long Term Care Grant program is to facilitate the use of federally imposed Civil Money Penalty funds for activities that support, protect and benefit residents living in nursing facilities.

Pearson VUE
The health care industry has an obligation to protect the public by implementing strict standards for those practicing medicine and providing patient care. Pearson VUE works with the world’s premier health care providers to develop exam content and delivery solutions to help them meet this imperative.

PA Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook:

https://www.google.com/search?q=PA+Nurse+Aide+Candidate+Handbook&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1-e
Provides access to the Nurse Aide Testing guide and exam breakdown.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC Comprehensive Information Services in Adult and Continuing Education, Career Education Vocational and Technical Education, Employment and Training

SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites. SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs.

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)
PSNA is the respected voice for a tradition of care that serves nearly every Pennsylvania family.

NATCEP - Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program:https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Career%20and%20Technical%20Education/Nurse%20Aide%20Training%20Program/Pages/default.aspx
Comprehensive website in which all required forms for Nurse Aide Training courses can be found along with policies and updates.

Teepa Snow
Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist and advocate for those living with dementia and other forms of brain change. Her Positive Approach to Care techniques are a practical and structured approach to the complexities of brain failure. It is her personal passion and mission to improve the culture of dementia care worldwide.

Conferences

Strategies 2020: Nov. 2020- Educational Excellence for Health Care Providers Conference:

https://health-education.outreach.psu.edu/about

2020 THEME: TBA

This annual conference provides networking opportunities and instruction on innovative teaching techniques for secondary/postsecondary education of health occupations and long-term care educators. Be sure to register for this annual conference to receive valuable updates that relate to nurse aide training as well as nursing practice within the state of Pennsylvania. JOIN US FOR THE NURSE AIDE INSTRUCTOR BEST PRACTICES NETWORKING SESSION TO BE HELD DURING THE CONFERENCE.