CNA Institute offered in Yankton

High school students interested in a rewarding healthcare profession can enter the field with minimal investment thanks to the Fourth Annual Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Institute in Yankton, June 4-15.

CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day centers, mental health centers, assisted living facilities and private homes. The institute provides participants with a great opportunity to enter the health field in a short time.

Many CNAs go on to pursue other professional health careers, such as radiology or laboratory technicians, licensed or registered nurses, medical assistants, physical therapists and doctors.

The institute is designed to offer CNA certification, potential high school credit, and a comprehensive look at healthcare professions. The first week is spent in the classroom/lab setting at the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC), and the second week consists of completing on-site clinicals.

During the evenings, students will learn about health professions and spend time on the Mount Marty College campus.

The Institute is limited to 10 participants and is open to high school students ages 16 to 19. Applications must be submitted to the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by April 27. Brochures and applications are available at local high school counselors' offices or visit Yankton Rural AHEC's Web site at and navigate under "News and Events."

Cost to attend the two-week Institute is $25. Benefits for the 10 selected applicants include tuition, room and board, and classroom materials.

The Fourth Annual CNA Institute is sponsored by the Yankton Rural AHEC, RTEC, Mount Marty College, Southeast Job Link, Avera Education and Staffing Solutions (AESS) and Avera Sister James Care Center.

For additional information, contact the Yankton Rural AHEC at (605) 655-1400.

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