The Health Care Assistant, Nursing Assistant/Aide (CNA) Program prepares the individual to assist in providing health care as a member of the health care profession.
Graduates of the one-semester program will be awarded the Certificate of Health Care Assistant. Students who complete the program may qualify for employment as Homemakers, Nursing Assistant/CNA, Long-Term Care Aides or Home Health Aides in the Mississippi Health Care industry.
The program has been designed in modular format to allow sequential scheduling over a semester, or it may be blocked into a short course format. Extra points are provided to allow employment as a Long Term Care Aide after completion of the Nurse Assistant Core, and Homemaker/Home Health Aide Course of study.
Basic Health Care Assisting: Orientation to program policies, developing employability and job seeking skills, applying legal aspects of health care, applying safety considerations, communication and observation skills, medical terminology and basic health care procedures.
Special Care Procedures: Admitting, transferring and discharging patients; assisting with diagnostic procedures for patients; assisting with treatments for patients; assisting with elimination needs of patients; basic knowledge and skills required to care for the long-term care resident and acute care patient, EKG application, basic unit clerk training, basic central supply training, monitor technician and CPR/first aid. Safety is emphasized throughout each procedure.
Body Structure and Function: Study of the structure, function, common disorders and normal aging-related changes of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and sensory systems; stages of human growth and development; and nutritional needs through the life cycle.