This program is state-certified and provides students with the skills needed to work in a variety of medical settings. Topics include physical and emotional care of patients, vital signs, communication skills, handling of stress, safety issues, and the aging process. The course consists of classroom instruction followed by practice in a nursing lab. On the first night of class, students will take a written assessment test which includes questions to test basic math skills (such as, addition and subtraction), general English proficiency skills, and previous knowledge for reading and recording physical health measurements. Students must show evidence of good health from their physician, proof of a negative TB test within the last 6 months, and be free of back problems and lifting restrictions. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for the State Department of Public Health exam. Students must meet minimum attendance requirements. The program is offered twice during a school year and begins either mid-September or late January. Register early as the class fills quickly. Registrations begin early September for the fall program and early January for the spring program.
In order to apply these skills in a clinical setting, approximately 24 hours will be spent in a nursing home under the supervision of the instructor. To accommodate this requirement, evening hours may be extended from 4-8PM or 5-9PM and, based on clinical availability, one Saturday full day clinical session is added. The typical schedule is 26 evening sessions
Textbook and supplies are included.
A CORI background check must be completed to participate in the clinical
setting training practice.
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