Certified Nursing Assistant
ABOUT THE CAREER:
Careers in health care provide unlimited opportunities to improve the lives of others while making a positive difference in the care giver's life through challenging and rewarding experiences. Nurse assistants are certified by the State of California to perform a variety of care giving activities to people who are unable to meet their own daily care needs. These care activities include assisting the resident to bathe, dress, groom, eat, eliminate, transfer, walk, and communicate. The CNA is also expected to uphold the following six elements of respectful care giving: ensuring resident privacy, safety, and dignity, maintaining infection control measures, and promoting effective communication and resident independence.
There is high demand for full-time and part-time certified nurse assistants (CNA) in long-term care facilities. Longterm care residents are the focus of the CNA program. There are also employment opportunities in assisted care facilities, medical offices, and to a lesser degree in acute care hospitals. Some CNA's enjoy working in private homes. The average hourly wage in the Sacramento area for CNA's who work in long-term care facilities is $9.50 - $11.25 per hour. Most facility employers offer full benefit packages to full-time employees.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM:
American River College's certified nurse assistant course has 63 hours of classroom instruction and 135 hours of supervised, hands-on clinical instruction in a long-term care facility. Students will initially practice skills in the campus laboratory. Learning about the aging process and providing care to senior adults who live in long-term care facilities is the focus of the CNA class. In addition to college tuition and parking fees, approximately $180 will be needed for theory class supplies, clinical lab supplies, and the state exam fee. The student is responsible for purchasing the course text book and note-taking supplies. For clinical the student must purchase a uniform, transfer belt, malpractice insurance, and a "fanny pack." The state exam fee of $90 will be collected by the instructor mid-way through the course. Fingerprints are arranged for by the instructor and are not a student expense.
APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT:
To be eligible for enrollment in the nurse assistant class a prospective student must meet the following requirements:
- Attend the pre-class mandatory orientation where a detailed explanation of all requirements and prerequisites is given.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Meet the tuberculin (TB) and physical exam requirements.
- Complete all English prerequisites and demonstrate ability to listen, comprehend, and respond appropriately, both verbally and in action, to the English language at a minimum 6th grade level.
- Be free of felony penal code convictions and complete a fingerprint scan.
Certification Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of course completion from the instructor. The student will be eligible to take the state exam to become a CNA in California. Active and current certification requires the CNA to renew certification every two years by submitting the required state fees and provide proof of completion of 48 hours of continuing education.
WHY AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE?:
American River College (ARC) is part of the Los Rios Community College District. ARC opened its doors as California's 61st public junior college in 1955. At more than 38,000 students, American River College is among the largest community colleges in the state, and is looked upon as a leader in innovative programs and services. It transfers more students to UC Davis and CSU Sacramento than any other community college. ARC has a complete department of skilled career counselors to help students succeed in college. They are available to provide information about admissions and degree requirements, financial aid opportunities and student services, including tutoring assistance.
To obtain additional information about educational programs in healthcare or the requirements to attend American River College, visit www.arc.losrios.edu or call the Health Education Office at 916.484.8902. Compliance Statement/Nondiscrimination American River College - in compliance with Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act - does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical handicaps in any of its policies, programs or activities, including admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.