The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class offers an introduction to working in the healthcare field. It is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs and/or continuing education in the healthcare field. Completion of the training will prepare the student for both the clinical skills examination and the written test, both which are required for certification. Many employers require that nursing assistants become certified; however, certification is required by federal regulations in order to be employed by a facility that receives funding from Medicare.
Students will combine classroom studies with patient care hours at clinical sites. Upon completion of both course work and clinical hours, the students will be able to complete the Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation Program test, in order to become "certified." Once certified th individual will be placed on the Idaho Registry for CNA's. This is a Career/Technical Education class (CTE) and connects classroom content with industry.
This course introduces basic nursing concepts, anatomy and physiology, nursing terminology and basic nursing care skills. This course includes practice skill sessions to prepare the student for clinical practice hours. Idaho Health and Welfare in conjunction with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) govern CNA classes.