The full Nursing Assistant program provides students with the theory and skills required to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant in long-term care, intermediate care, and acute care settings. The curriculum includes classroom/lab/clinical instruction in physiology, psychological, and basic nursing care needs when caring for clients with a primary focus on long-term care. Teaching methods encompass a variety of strategies, including hands-on practice, discussion, instructional skill videos, computer-aided technology, as well as laboratory and clinical based work experience.
Choose the pace that is comfortable for you. We offer 2 options to complete your required hours for CNA certification:
Accelerated DAY program (3 weeks): Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM, with Varied Clinical Hours Evening program (5 weeks): Monday – Thursday 5:30 PM-9:30 PM, with Varied Clinical Hours.
|2018 Day Class Start Dates|
|January 15||February 5||February 26||March 26||April 16|
|May 7||June 4||July 9||August 6||August 27|
|September 17||October 8||October 29||November 26|
|2018 Evening Class Start Dates|
|January 22||March 26||April 30||July 9||August 13|
|September 17||October 22|
Your regular responsibilities as a nursing assistant will vary based on where you work or live. Nursing assistants can work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. In many cases, the nursing assistant serves as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and one or two RNs. The nursing assistant fulfills basic quality-of-life needs for patients of any age, ethnicity or gender in residential nursing care facilities or outpatient clinics. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced. CNAs can take vital signs and gather other patient data as well as administering basic care and tending to the hygiene needs of patients. Because of their state approved training and certification, CNAs have more authority and tend to be paid better than medical assistants, though many of their duties are similar.
CNAs typically earn an hourly wage rather than an annual salary, so your pay will fluctuate depending on whether you take a few hours here and there, steadily work full time, or constantly pull 60-hour weeks. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage for CNAs was $12.51 in May 2013. Local STARTING wages average $10.50 – $12.50 / hour For more information on occupational outlook for nursing assistants, visit: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes311014.htm
You must be 16 years of age or older to take the THI CNA Program classes.
Yes, you do need a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) to take classes for the THI CNA Program.
CNAs work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice organizations, home health care agencies and nursing registries. These positions require the candidate to be a licensed CNA, and at least 18 years old. Unlicensed graduates can work as Nursing Assistants for 120 days from date of graduation.
While THI does not guarantee job placement, on occasion recruiters from local healthcare facilities do visit our CNA classes. We have a strong network of employers in skilled facilities and home care who look forward to employing our graduates. However, the groundwork is up to you! Being in the facilities during clinical may help you in your job search, and also help you to determine if this is the career for you. We will leverage our relationships with local facilities and offer our guidance to help you in your job search after program completion.