Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
The Nursing Assistant program offers an introduction into the nursing profession with an emphasis on entry-level employment as a nursing assistant. Students are provided instruction on the fundamentals of nursing care through lecture, skills lab and a clinical rotation in preparation for the Colorado State Nurse Aide Certification (NNAAP) exam. In this course, students learn to work as a part of the interdisciplinary team in managing the emotional, social, and mental health needs of patients and residents. Fundamental skills of the nurse aide include: Basic nursing skills, communication skills, restorative services, personal care skills, and safety and emergency care issues. In addition, students learn the principles of asepsis, OSHA and HIPAA regulations, ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity and principles of mental health and patient / resident rights. Students will provide hands-on care to patients and residents during supervised clinical learning experiences at several local Long-Term Care facilities.
Skills must meet the requirements of the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Students will be required to pass a background check and drug screening.
Prerequisites: Basic Life Support (BLS) through American Heart Association CPR/FAS/AED (offered on select Saturdays at CCIC or through a third-party provider)
Length: 1 Semester
Credits: 1 Credit (.5 CTE / .5 Life Science)
Certifications: NNAAP Nurse Aide (CNA)
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Certification
After successfully completing the Certified Nurse Aide course, students are eligible to apply for and test for the State CNA Exam (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program - NNAAP). The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program is an examination program designed to determine minimal competency to become a certified nurse aide in Colorado. Credentia is the authorized administrator of the NNAAP in Colorado.
The NNAAP Examination is made up of both a Written examination and a Skills evaluation. Applicants must pass (with a Satisfactory score) both parts in order to be certified and listed on the Colorado Nurse Aide Registry.
Important: You must not log into the new system until you receive an email containing your login ID, a web link to activate your account and an account authorization code. You will only receive this email after your training program uploads your training program completion date.