Certified Nursing Assistant – CNA
This program introduces the student to an entry level career in the nursing field. The program length is 60 hours of theory and 100 hours of clinical training.
The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) works under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals performing direct basic nursing care for persons of all ages in acute, ambulatory, home or long term care facility.
Skills performed by the CNA include bathing, grooming, feeding, bed making, and assisting patients with movement.
Emphasis is placed on safety principles, infection control and the philosophy of nursing.
Students are taught methods for meeting the physical, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients.
Upon successful completion of the required theory and clinical rotation, the Nursing Assistant graduate will be required to apply for and pass an examination, before receiving certification upon successful completion of the appropriate examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, (CNA) and/or Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA).
Job growth for nursing assistants in general is expected to be at a rate of 11% over the 2016-2026 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This projected growth is faster than the average for all occupations and is expected to create 173,400 new positions by 2026.