What is CNA ?*

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program is one of the top nursing programs  in and around the United States. It is a comprehensive program designed for teaching students the skills and abilities in a hands on environment, essential for the provision of basic care to patients and residents in hospitals, nursing home and long term care facilities.

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) helps patients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). CNAs work in a variety of healthcare settings. CNA are sometime also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA), a Patient Care Technician (PCT), or a State License Nurse Assistant (SLNA).

*Students may qualify for free Tuition for CNA when they enroll in Patient Care Technician program

Qualities of CNA

  • CNAs must possess both personal and professional skills including:
  • As a healthcare assistant, a CNA must know how to maintain health care facilities and environment clean.
  • Must know how to apply different sterile in order to keep the patients and staffs safe.
  • They have basic elements of first aid, CPR, monitoring vital signs, knowledge of  nutritional composition in dietary plan and able to follow infection control protocols.
  • They are responsible for feeding and dressing patient as well as taking their vitals and performing other patient care tasks.
  • Students must possess compassion for others, enjoy working with the public, and have the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • They must be able to understand the needs of each patient and establish effective communication with related nurses or doctors as required.

Competencies after CNA

Upon completion of this course:

  1. Graduates will be able to communicate, interact and assist effectively with patients.
  2. They will be able to attain and maintain maximum functional independence while observing patient rights.
  3. Perform basic first aid and CPR, monitor vital signs, apply the elements of basic nutrition in meal planning and follow infection control protocols. 
  4. Graduates will learn techniques of proper body mechanics including bed making, lifting, turning and transferring patients.
  5. Receive a Certificate of Completion and be qualified  to sit for the Texas Nurse Aide Competency and Evaluation Program (NATCEP) exam. After passing the Texas NATCEP, they will be ready to begin their career in healthcare as a Certified Nurse Aide

Job description for CNA

A certified nursing assistant helps patients with health care needs under the supervision of a nurse. They are also called a nursing assistant, a nurse’s aid, or a patient care assistant. CNAs work directly with patients and nurses, helping with physical and complex tasks for patient care.

Responsibilities of CNA

  1. Turning or moving patients around
  2. Gather medical supplies
  3. Clean patients
  4. Groom patients such as brush their hair, teeth, shave them, etc.
  5. Feed patients and document their food and liquid intake
  6. Check blood pressure and heart rate
  7. Answer patient calls
  8. Documenting information
  9. Cleaning rooms and bed linens
  10. Stock supplies
  11. Assist with some medical procedures
  12. Safety procedures
  13. Transport patients
  14. Take care of wounds

Every hospitals and facilities have their own unique requirements and responsibilities for their CNAs. In general, certified nursing assistants help perform critical tasks that ensure patients are well-cared for and safe during their hospital stay.

Job field of CNA

CNAs can build their career in different healthcare related facilities such as:

  1. Hospitals
  2. Nursing homes
  3. Rehabilitation centers
  4. Adult daycare centers
  5. Clinical facilities

Nursing homes and adult care facilities are often the most common places where nursing assistants are needed.

Total of 1,564,200 CNAs were present in the United States in year 2018. Among this, nursing care facilities employed the largest number of certified nursing assistants at 38%.

Admission requirements for CNA

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Proof of secondary education (high school diploma or college degree or GED certificate)
  3. Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) verification prior to enrollment in order to ensure that candidate is not blacklisted  
  4. Pass Wonderlic Basic Skills Test if student does not have HS/GED**.
  5. Should not be listed as unemployable on the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR)
  6. Cannot have been convicted of a criminal offense as listed in Texas Health and Safety Code 250.006.

**Prospective students with educational and /or working experiences but without high school diploma will be given an opportunity to take the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (Ability to Benefit) to measure their verbal and math skills. This will fulfill the eligibility requirements for training program including: CORE: 200 verbal / 210; quantitative skill of 500.
(Note: Administer with paper & pencil and score using PC software)

Why choose CTK Healthcare?

  • Approved by TWC, COE, HHS
  • Experienced and licensed instructors
  • 3 – 4 WEEKS Program
  • $148/Week [For 5 Weekly Payment]
  • Flexible & Affordable PMT
  • We will assist you in Healthcare jobs while you are in our school

Related external websites

  1. Texas Health and Human Services