CNA class features family-friendly hours

CNA class features family-friendly hours
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program, featuring family -friendly class hours, is slated to begin at the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) in November.

Offered through a special partnership between RTEC and Avera Education and Staffing Solutions, this course was designed to fit the busiest of schedules by setting all classroom and clinical meeting times on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

During the Fall 2007 CNA course being offered at RTEC, students will complete:

  • 16 hours of computer-assisted interactive training
  • 24 hours of classroom instruction that will cover basic nurse aid skills, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and infection control through lectures and hands-on practice
  • 35 hours of on-site clinical practice at an approved long-term care facility
  • Computer/classroom instruction will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 6, 8, 13, 15, 27 and 29 at RTEC, which is located one block north of the YHS/Summit Activities Center at 1200 W. 21st St.

    Students will complete their clinical hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20 as a group at a long-term care facility. Upon successful completion of the 75-hour training program, students will be eligible to take a certification exam. One portion is online and the second involves a hands-on skills test. After passing, individuals will be Certified Nursing Assistants, eligible to apply for CNA positions.

    The cost of the RTEC training program is $1,200. A $75 textbook/workbook is also required. However, CNAs are able to recover their training costs. According to federal regulation, if CNAs are hired by a long-term care facility within 12 months of earning certification, that facility must reimburse their training fees.

    For more information or to register for the Fall 2007 CNA course, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700. Don't delay! Registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007.

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