If you're seeking a comparatively short educational program that leads to a career in the health care field, consider the Nursing Assistant Program. This program may be a good match for you if you:
- are kind and compassionate.
- have good communication skills.
- can work as a team member.
- are efficient, accurate, and detail oriented.
- can maintain high professional standards.
As a nursing assistant, you would provide care to a variety of patients to help them live as comfortably and independently as possible. This program will help you learn basic nursing skills.
- Collect data
- Safeguard patients
- Assist in all activities of daily living
- Communicate with patients
The course requires 120 hours of lecture, laboratory, and clinical work. You'll need to have access to a computer with an Internet hookup. This could be in your home, at a nearby library, at one of the CVTC branch campuses, or another location that is convenient for you. You'll also work in a laboratory setting on simulated laboratory experiences. During the final portion of your program, you'll work in nursing homes or hospitals and gain actual experience with residents or patients.
When you successfully complete the program, you will be eligible to apply for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination. You will need to be certified before you can work in this career area. The demand for certified nursing assistants is expected to increase, especially in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities, and through home health care organizations.