Certified Nursing Assistant – CNA

The nursing assistant program is one semester in length requiring the successful completion of  NAS 100 – Long Term Care Nursing Assistant, a four credit-hour classroom and clinical course, which fulfills the requirements of the seventy-five (75) hour Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) for the training of long-term care nursing assistants. After passing NAS 100, a student is eligible to take the Nurse Aide Certification Exam. Students who demonstrate competency on the exam will be placed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry maintained by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) provide basic patient care under the direction of licensed nursing staff. Duties may include: bathing, grooming and feeding patients; obtaining and monitoring vital signs; ambulatory assistance and comfort measures. Nursing assistants care for patients confined to acute care hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health centers and their homes. Because many CNA’s are employed in long-term care facilities and because the population of older Americans is growing, there are many job opportunities available for the Certified Nursing Assistant.

Students who do not have proof of American Heart Association Healthcare or BLS Provider level CPR certification must also enroll in EMS100.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Students who are enrolled in NAS course will be required to submit the following items:

  • Current history and physical completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant (must be completed on CVCC Physical Form).
    • NAS students are not required to complete Color Blind exam on Physical Form.
  • Documentation of immunization/immunity
      • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)- Series of 2 vaccinations or positive titer.
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox)- Series of 2 vaccinations or positive titer.
      • Hepatitis B- Series of 3 vaccinations, waiver (form provided by CVCC Health Sciences), or positive titer.
      • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (TDAP)- Documentation of TDAP immunization within last 10 years must be submitted.  Tetanus and TD only not acceptable.
      • Tuberculosis (TB Skin Test)- Negative Tb skin test with lab results is required and must be repeated yearly.  If you have ever tested positive for Tb, you must submit documentation of a current negative chest x-ray (current for 5 years from date of x-ray). CVCC PPD waiver form must be submitted with chest x-ray.
    • Influenza- Documentation of seasonal flu immunization within the last year. Waiver is available for those who wish to decline or are unable to receive the vaccine; however, a mask will be required to be worn in clinical setting.
    • Copy of valid health insurance (private or public) card.
    • Copy of valid American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification or concurrent enrollment in EMS 100: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. If concurrently enrolled, EMS100 must be completed within the first month of the semester, prior to clinical rotations.
    • Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening- Students must submit proof of clear criminal background check/drug screen, which may take up to 4 weeks for completion, by established deadline. Background check and drug screen information should be obtained by the Health Sciences Secretary/Coordinator (background and drug screen conducted by VerifyStudents).
    • Essential Functions- Essential Functions form must be signed by a physician, physician’s assistant, or a nurse practitioner. In the event of serious illness, pregnancy, or child birth, a new Essential Functions form must be submitted.
  • Regulatory NAS forms (ie: Drug Testing Consent, Visitor Policy, Clinical Policies)

All documentation must be provided prior to the beginning of clinicals in NAS 100.


Employment information for CNA can be located at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.