Registration for our Morning (AM) and Afternoon (PM) Classes is on-going. The Next Morning (AM) Class starts Monday June 6, and the Afternoon (PM) Classes will start on Monday, June 13, 2016. Our Week-End Class starts on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Check the calendar for updates regarding schedule of other classes; i.e. CPR, RNA & ACNA. Feel free to call the school for more current/updated information.
The Nurse Assistant Training Program is designed to qualify the student for the California State Certification. Preparation includes 50 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of supervised clinical training within the guidelines set by the State Department of Public Health Services. Student must pass the State Competency Examination to be a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).
What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
Among the wide selection of health care careers lies the area of direct care giving. These professionals are often classified as Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Personal Care Assistants, Nurses Aides, Patient Care Technicians, and several other titles, depending on the work environment and the State where you reside.
Certified Nursing Assistants play a major role in providing the most basic needs for patients, young and old alike, whether in a nursing home, hospital, adult day health centers, assisted living facilities, and even in personal homes. Students will learn how to work closely with patients and provide assistance with daily living tasks.
If you want to try out the basics of nursing before you commit yourself to two or more years of school, consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). As a certified nursing assistant, you will handle the day-to-day care of a patient in a hospital, in an assisted-living facility as a patient care technician, or at a patient's home as a home-health aide.
A certified nursing assistant's top priority is to support the physical, psychological and emotional daily-care needs of a patient. CNAs work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. While much of the work—bathing, dressing, feeding, recording life signs—isn't as fancy as some other positions, it is the position that often makes the greatest impact on the patient because CNAs often have the most patient contact. Home health aides have a particularly important role in patients’ lives, as they provide care for elderly, disabled, or convalescent persons in their own homes.
Training times vary from program to program, depending on the requirements of the state and the area in which you plan to work. Classes include basic health care, personal care skills, anatomy, body mechanics, nutrition, and communication skills. CNA students also have some work in a clinical setting. Much of the CNA coursework is designed to help students pass the mandatory state certification exam. The exam focuses on the 21 competencies for nursing aides that are laid out in a federal law. These include areas such as reading and recording vital signs, maintaining a healthy environment, following emergency procedures, and safe transfer techniques.
Once the certification exam is passed, your name is added to the state’s Nurse Aide Registry, and you are ready to start your new career! And it’s a great field to join, with the number of positions for all nursing aides and assistant occupations expected to grow by more than 18% through 2016. Home health aides are particularly in-demand – in fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists home health aide as one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. Depending on the State home health aides earn $14 per hour on average, with the highest 10% earning more than $18 per hour. With more experience, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) can increase their earnings.
To learn more about how to become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), request for additional information by contacting "South Bay School of Nursing" Today at (408) 564-7242.
To become a CNA, you must meet the following requirements:
* Must pass a physical exam by your physician or nurse practitioner
* Be at least 16 years old and have an english and math skills of a 5th grade level or higher
* Must possess and present a valid California ID and Social Security Number
* Must pass the fingerprinting and criminal background screening (Live Scan)