Program Start Date: Fall and spring terms
Minimum Program Length: 15 academic weeks; 1 semester; 16 credits
Curriculum Code: 61128
The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate is a credit program taken in the Academic Affairs area. Students in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate Program learn general care of patients, and modern concepts of geriatric health care and nursing techniques in the long term care setting. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Competency Exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). A grade of “C” or higher is required in all core (AHS) courses.
Students gain interpersonal, comprehensive technical skills through clinical rotations in long-term care facilities.
Nursing assistants, under the supervision of nurses and other licensed health care personnel, provide personal care and emotional support to elderly and/or acutely ill patients confined to hospitals, short-term intermediate facilities, and long-term care institutions. Nursing assistants employed in health care facilities are often the principal caregivers and are required to take temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. In addition, nursing assistants observe patients’ physical, mental and emotional conditions and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff. They also assist by answering patients’ call bells, delivering messages, serving meals, making beds, and helping patients eat.
A criminal background investigation (CBI) and drug testing are required at student expense for each Health and Human Services student who has been accepted into a Spartanburg Community College curriculum program of study. For more information, please visit the Criminal Background Investigations and Drug Testing Policy section of the SCC webpage.
Students taking this credit program may be eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA), scholarships or other financial aid. Check with the SCC Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for financial aid while taking this program. If you are interested in ONLY receiving CEUs, check with Corporate and Community Education (CCE) to inquire about the availability of the Certified Nurse Assistant courses which are not eligible for financial aid. Certified Nurse Assistants have excellent job prospects, and opportunities in the field are expected to increase rapidly over the next several years with the changing client demographics
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