- Instructor(s): Rabah-Muhammad, Safa
- Category: Health Care
- In-Person Learning
This program prepares the student as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Through classroom studies, lab, and clinical practice, the student will be prepared to assist the nurse in providing care for the resident/patient. Students become certified after completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant program and successful completion of the Prometric Exam (State examination). The CNA is an active and valued member of a health care team. Graduates often use this program as a stepping stone to further nursing education.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that jobs for nursing aides would increase by 21% from 2012 to 2022 (www.bls.gov), which is more rapid than the average predicted job growth rate for that time. The projected growth is attributed to an increasing senior population that will require long-term residential care to enhance the quality of life. Also, while advanced technology has prolonged lives, it has also created the need for more nursing aides. The BLS projected that job opportunities for nursing aides would be most abundant in nursing homes and community facilities for the aged. As of 2013, the mean annual salary for nursing aides who worked in nursing homes was $24,970, and the mean was $24,340 for those who worked in assisted living facilities.