Nursing Assistant Program
New occupational program offered by St. Thomas More Hospital nursing experts puts future certified nursing assistants on a fast track to success. First class starts March 2017.
What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) assists patients by providing basic health care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). CNA’s maintain a safe and healing environment for their patients, and assist them with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and feeding. They also help with safe ambulation, and provide pathways of communication between the primary nurse and patient. Due to the personal nature of the job, CNA’s practice with a strong work ethic that is supported by devotion and compassion for others.
This accelerated, five-week program is a great alternative to traditional college courses that take place over the course of a semester, approximately three months. The small class size, no more than 10 students, provides an intimate learning environment with ample hands-on training.
Required class time is Monday - Thursday from 8 am - 4:30 pm. Fridays are dedicated work session days.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of common elements required for certification by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Students will be able to demonstrate compliance with standards of practice for NA’s, and competence with all skills required for certification. If career advancement is your goal, this program sets the stage for you to continue through our career pathways to nursing school and advanced nursing positions.
The following requirements must be completed prior to enrollment:
- Copy of legally issued Colorado ID
- Clear Background Check
- Negative Drug Screen
- Influenza vaccine (Sept-Dec flu season)
- Signed injury/liability waiver
Application to the Program
If you meet the requirements, complete and turn in the NA Program application. A letter of acceptance will be sent via email upon application approval. Acceptance letters will be sent within 5-7 days of application submission. There will be a maximum of 10 students per each five week program.
The NA program instructors are all Registered Nurses who have extensive experience in nursing. They have dedicated their careers to caring for patients, and now have a passion for teaching others to do the same.
Education Center in Florence, CO
St. Thomas More opened a newly remodeled Education Center in Florence, CO that is home to the Nursing Assistant program and other health care training courses. NA program classes will take place there. It is specially designed to provide health care training, so is equipped with patient rooms, a state-of-the-art computer lab and space for classroom learning. The Education Center is located at 521 W. 5th Street in Florence, CO.
State Board of Nursing Exam
Upon successful completion of the NA Program, the participant will be eligible for testing through the Colorado State Board of Nursing to be Certified and practice in the state of Colorado. This course meets the Colorado State Board of Nursing eligibility requirements to sit for the NA certification exam.
The State of Colorado has specific guidelines which may impact the ability to obtain certification. Refer to Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies to view CNA criteria. For further information, students should contact the Colorado State Board of Nursing.
Students who attend NA classes follow the fee schedule and refund policy described in the NA Program policies. The total course cost is $890.00, which covers the application fee, tuition, lab and supply fees, textbook and workbook. These costs are subject to change.
Learn more about our Nursing Assistant Program.