• Nurse Assistant Training Program Info

    Federal law requires that anyone planning to work as a nurse assistant in a long term care facility must complete required training, pass a state competency examination, and be placed on a state Nurse Aide Registry. Depending upon the state, a Nurse Assistant may be referred to as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), a Nurse Aide (NA), Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), a Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA) or other title.

    The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program offers students a chance to learn in a hands-on environment under the eyes of experienced licensed nurses, bolstered by a curriculum that meets or exceeds federal and state standards. Most program sites offers day, evening and weekend classes in a convenient location to meet student scheduling and transportation needs.

    Graduates of the program are eligible to take their state competency examination, and if they pass, be listed on their state's Nurse Aide Registry. The state competency exam includes both a written examination and a skills evaluation. The purpose of the state exam is to make sure that the graduate understands and can safely perform in the role of an entry-level nurse assistant.

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    Course Information

    The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course has two components.

    Students must pass both portions of the training in order to graduate.


    NAT Program Part 1 (Theory/lab)

    The first part of our nurse assistant training takes place in the classroom and lab settings. Students will learn all aspects of patient care, through lectures as well as demonstrations and hands-on practice. Students will need to pass several quizzes and a final exam, plus successfully demonstrate that they are able to do assigned skills.


    NAT Program Part 1 (Theory/lab)

    The first part of our nurse assistant training takes place in the classroom and lab settings. Students will learn all aspects of patient care, through lectures as well as demonstrations and hands-on practice. Students will need to pass several quizzes and a final exam, plus successfully demonstrate that they are able to do assigned skills.


    NAT Program Part 1 (Theory/lab)

    The first part of our nurse assistant training takes place in the classroom and lab settings. Students will learn all aspects of patient care, through lectures as well as demonstrations and hands-on practice. Students will need to pass several quizzes and a final exam, plus successfully demonstrate that they are able to do assigned skills.

    NAT Program Part 2 (Clinical)

    Upon successful completion of the theory and lab portion of the course, students will begin the clinical training part of the program. During clinical training students will work directly with residents of a long-term care facility. Students will be supervised by a licensed nurse, who has been certified by Red Cross as a Nurse Assistant Training Instructor. During the clinical rotation students will experience what working as a nurse assistant is like every day in a long-term care facility.

    NAT Program Part 2 (Clinical)

    Upon successful completion of the theory and lab portion of the course, students will begin the clinical training part of the program. During clinical training students will work directly with residents of a long-term care facility. Students will be supervised by a licensed nurse, who has been certified by Red Cross as a Nurse Assistant Training Instructor. During the clinical rotation students will experience what working as a nurse assistant is like every day in a long-term care facility.

    NAT Program Part 2 (Clinical)

    Upon successful completion of the theory and lab portion of the course, students will begin the clinical training part of the program. During clinical training students will work directly with residents of a long-term care facility. Students will be supervised by a licensed nurse, who has been certified by Red Cross as a Nurse Assistant Training Instructor. During the clinical rotation students will experience what working as a nurse assistant is like every day in a long-term care facility.

    During This Course You Will Learn and Practice:

    • Adult CPR/FA/AED, including first aid for choking
    • Infection control
    • How to take vital signs
    • Personal care skills, such as bathing, grooming and assisting with feeding and toileting
    • Range of motion exercises
    • Positioning and transferring
    • How to be a valuable and adaptable employee
    • Communication, teamwork and diversity skills for the workplace
    • Legal and ethical aspects of health care
    • Caring for people with dementia and other conditions
    • Other important knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful Nurse Assistant.

    Course Fees Include:

    • Textbook, Student Handbook, & all Skill Supplies
    • 2 year certification in Adult CPR, First Aid and AED
    • Classroom instruction taught by licensed nurses
    • Hands-on clinical experience at a local long-term care facility
    • Resume Workshop
    • Review day to prepare for state competency exam, including mock test and skills practice
    • Job Fair with local employers
    • Tutoring as needed before/after classes
    • Graduation ceremony with certificate and American Red Cross Nurse Assistant pin

    Registration Process

    • Under Course Locations check the list of Nurse Assistant Training program locations and click on the city where you want to take a class
    • Review the course catalog for your location to learn the State specific requirements for registration. The course catalog will also have information such as the course fee, course length, policies, etc.
    • You are also able to print the catalog and registration forms for the State that you want to take the class on.
    • To see the class schedules in your area, click here and select "CNA" from the dropdown menu.

    These vary by state, but all prospective students will need to pass a criminal background check and have a physical/TB test prior to completing the registration process.

    Course Locations

    California

    Connecticut

    Florida

    Maryland

    Massachusetts

    Michigan

    Minnesota

    New Hampshire/Vermont

    Pennsylvania

    Virginia

    Class Schedules

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    To view full class schedules in your area, click here and then select "CNA" from the dropdown menu.

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