As healthcare continues to undergo extraordinary changes, the ongoing need for qualified health care practitioners remains at unparalleled levels. Nurse Assisting is among one of the fastest growing careers in the nation and the opportunity for employment remains very strong. CNA (Certified Nursing Assistants) perform and are responsible for many tasks in Skilled Nursing Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, and Acute Care Hospitals as well. Some of theirs skills and tasks include bathing residents and patients, assisting with grooming, assisting with toileting, and assisting residents and patients with general activities of daily living. Certified Nursing Assistants can be found working on long term care units, Alzheimer’s units, sub-acute rehabilitation units, acute rehabilitation units, and all medical surgical units in acute care hospitals. Some of the more technical duties they are able to do in the workplace are basic skin assessments, assessment of vital signs, taking EKG readings, assessing blood glucose levels, and documenting in patient and resident’s medical records.
The Nursing Assistant Program prepares students to enter the medical field as a certified professional through a well designed curriculum that includes related theory, clinical practice, and work experience. Coursework includes Anatomy & Physiology with associated Medical Terminology, Introduction to Psychology, and Disease Pathology. Clinical practice is competency based and includes off-campus work related experience in local health care facilities. Students are eligible to take the CNA Exam their junior year which consists of a written and practical section. Students are also certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and safety.