The course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic care services for a resident (long-term care setting). It prepares the student to function in the role of nursing assistant under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). This course is designed to meet the curriculum requirements of the State of Arkansas Office of Long Term Care and licensure requirements of Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The basic nursing assistant proficiency examination is the State-approved competency evaluation, with both written and manual skills components. The course requires the student to complete 96 hours of classroom lecture/lab, perform 16 hours in a clinical setting, and successfully demonstrate patient/resident care skills. Satisfactory completion of the course with a grade of “B” or better provides eligibility to take the State of Arkansas established competency written/skills examination for State certification as a certified nursing assistant.
Nature of Work
Nursing assistants perform routine duties in caring for patients or residents. Care tasks delegated by the nurse to the assistant include: transferring a patient/resident from the bed to a chair or wheelchair; walking or performing range of motion exercises; bathing, showering, shaving or providing oral hygiene for a patient/resident; feeding; changing bed linens; and maintaining cleanliness of the patient/resident’s general surroundings. The nursing assistant is proficient in taking a temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure and other patient/resident vital measurements, and reporting the results back to the nurse. The practice of good hand hygiene and patient/resident safety is expected at all times in the clinical setting.
The current demand for CNAs in Arkansas is very high. In order to fulfill staffing needs, many employers of CNAs will hire entry-level candidates with no training or experience, and cover tuition costs for the employee to obtain their CNA certification through an approved program like Nursing Assistant Training Solutions, LLC.
PLEASE NOTE – Nursing Assistant Training Solutions, LLC cannot guarantee that any employer will cover tuition costs. Candidates must be eligible for the positions available at the facilities and must successfully complete the hiring process as outlined by their company standards. Most facilities will require employees to commit to a minimum amount of time that they will remain employed with the company after payment of CNA class tuition. This period of time can vary with some employers requiring as little as 90 days and some as much as one year. Facilities will inform you of their tuition policies as part of the hiring process.