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.
Currently, there is not an application to enter the Nursing Assistant program. Students interested in pursuing their CNA at Chattahoochee Valley Community College must first apply to take classes at CVCC and complete their file in the Admissions office. This includes, but is not limited to, submitting an official copy of transcripts for all college coursework attempted (as applicable), as well as high school or GED transcripts. Once admissions file is complete, students should register for an upcoming NAS 100 course. Individuals still enrolled in high school, but interested in dual enrolling in NAS 100, should contact the CVCC Workforce and Technical Education division for additional information
Students who are enrolled in NAS course will be required to submit the following items:
- Current history and physical completed by licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner (must be completed on CVCC Physical Form; valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters), which should include color blind test
- Essential functions signed by licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner (must be completed on CVCC Essential Functions Form; valid for the duration of the program unless program admission is inactive greater than two semesters).
- Documentation of immunization/immunity
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for students over 21 years of age. If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination. Students 21 years of age and younger may submit documentation of:
- two doses of live measles virus vaccine (part of MMR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
- two doses of live mumps virus vaccine (part of MMR or MR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
- two doses of live rubella virus vaccine (part of MMR or MR vaccine) on or after first birthday.
- If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for all students, regardless of age. If titer results (lab work) indicate that you are not immune, you must be immunized and submit proof of vaccination.
- Hep B- Positive titer results (lab work) indicating immunity must be submitted for students over 21 years of age. Students 21 years of age and younger may submit documentation of
immunization series (series of three doses). Individuals 21 years of age and younger who have not received vaccination series or any individual whose titer results (lab work) indicate they are not immune must be immunized and proof of first vaccination dose and signed Hep B Waiver must be submitted. Documentation reflecting immunization must be submitted following receipt of subsequent second and third doses. Waiver is available for those unable to receive the vaccine, as well as those in an ongoing series.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/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 (certification must be less than 2 years old).
- 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).
Employment information for CNA can be located at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.