Certified Nurse Aide Program

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) classes prepare students for an exciting career in healthcare, providing the technical skills and clinical applications necessary to obtain state certification. Strong earning potential and solid career opportunities await you as a Certified Nurse Aid.

Where do CNAs usually find jobs?
Nurse Aides are often employed in nursing care facilities, where they frequently serve as principal caregivers. They often have more contact with residents than do other members of the staff.

What does the CNA Program offer?
The CNA Program provides an opportunity for hands-on care and the performance of routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Students learn basic caregiving skills, infection control, communication techniques and safety procedures. The program requires 104 hours of participation, including a clinical experience. Successful completion may qualify the student to test with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services for licensure and certification.

What types of duties would a CNA perform?
CNAs responsibilities may include answering calls for help, delivering messages, serving meals, making beds, and tidying up patients' rooms. Aides may also be responsible for taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure. They also help provide care to patients by helping them get into and out of bed and walk, escorting them to operating and examining rooms, or providing assistance with skin care.

Is there a certification offered?
Upon successful completion of all course elements, students will take the state certification exam (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Exam). Nurse aides who pass the written and clinical skills exams will be titled a Certified Nurse Aide.

What jobs are available for CNAs?
According to the 2006 – 2016 census, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Statistics predicts Certified Nurse Aides will increase 51% by 2016. Blinn's program is designed to support the local opportunities for Certified Nurse Aides so that our students can enter the workforce as soon as possible. The DOL provides the estimated salary for Certified Nurse Aides to range from an hourly wage of $10.07 to $12.15, whether you choose to work for the local government, employment services, general medical or surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities or community care facilities for the elderly.

What are the entrance requirements?
You will need to have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 16 years of age. You should plan for a few additional expenses beyond tuition, including immunizations, scrubs, a criminal background check, drug screening, a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope.

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