CNA students in Sims lab
Two girl students working on a medical dummy doing compressions

Certified Nursing Assistant and EMT

  • A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) helps patients with their healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered or Licensed Practical Nurse. A wide variety of work settings need CNAs such as nursing homes, hospitals, care centers, assisted living facilities and in-home care. CNAs have daily contact with their patients, they monitoring their vitals, and assisting with medicines, daily hygiene and living activities. To be a good fit for this often demanding work, having compassion for others and the willingness and desire to help them, is essential. There are always job openings in this field because many CNAs continue their education in order to expand their career opportunities in the Health Care Industry. According to the Idaho Career Information System (June 2016), the medium wage for nursing assistants in Idaho is $22,010 per year. The top 10% of workers make $30,050.

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) must work well under pressure with others and respond quickly and accurately in order to respond well to emergency care situations.  To work as an EMT, you must be licensed.  Job growth is predicted as 'much faster' than average.  In Idaho, the median wage for EMTs is $30,390 per year. EMTs should expect to work more than 40 hours per week whether they work for a fire department or hospital. EMT certification requirements include (1) an EMS license and affiliation with a licensed EMS agency, (2) passing a Criminal History Check and (3) completion of an Idaho EMS Provider Application form. (June 2016 data from Idaho Career Information System)

    The CNA Program includes a Health Professional I/Sports Medicine I as the foundational prerequisite class where students learn sports medicine skills and about the health care industry. This class is offered at each large home high school.

    These following advanced classes are taught at the ADA Prof-Tech Center are open to all high school students who do not attend a Charter High School.

    Medical Terminology for Health Professions - an essential class for any student thinking about entering the field of Health Science and Medicine.

    Health Professions CNA II - prepares students for employment as a nursing assistant. It includes 120 hours of state required clinical work, and students must self-transport to off-campus work sites. In addition, all students must pass a background check. The course instruction and clinical hours are designed to prepare students to be successful in taking the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Exam.

    EMT-Basic - another option for seniors who have completed and passed Health Professional I/Sports Medicine I (or Fire Service 1) and Medical Terminology, EMT Basic introduces students to pre-hospital care at the basic life support level needed to assist ambulance patients. The coursework is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and instruction for students, once 18 years old, to be able to successfully pass the National Registry Exam.

    For complete details, see current Course Description Handbook

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