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Certified Nursing Assistant

Non-Degree Job Training

Program Overview

Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified nursing assistants, often called CNA’s, work under the supervision of registered nurses or licensed practical nurses in a variety of settings including long-term care facilities, hospitals and in-home care.

CNA’s are responsible for assisting people with all personal care including eating, dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting. You will also learn safe transfer techniques, range of motion exercises, and how to take temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure. Techniques for caring for dementia patients is also included.

The courses include American Heart Association BLS Provider (which includes CPR) and First Aid training and certification upon successful completion.


Earning Potential

Train to be a Certified Nursing Assistant and start working in a matter of weeks. Plus, job growth in this field is expected to rise by 10% over the next 10 years.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $26,000 a year.


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About Delta's Program

The CNA program prepares you for the state exam. Once you pass you will be a Certified Nursing Assistant.

The minimum length of a CNA program is 75 hours, Delta spends 116 hours training and teaching students. More hours of training provide more education and more preparation for the reality of the working world.

Admission prerequisites
Admission

You must go through admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. 

  1. You may apply online. Select "Non-Academic LifeLong Learning, ND.11000" as your program of study.
  2. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at Delta and you will receive your student number.
Program Readiness

You must demonstrate program readiness with the following ACCUPLACER results.

  • Math - Level 2
  • Reading - Level 4
  • Writing - Level 2

Accessing your Prerequisite Level
Students who have completed placement testing may access their scores through their Portal account. Within the Student menu, click on "Placement Test Summary" to calculate your scores. The placement test summary will calculate completed academic course work in combination with your placement test scores to give you an overall placement level. If your placement level doesn't meet the required prerequisite levels listed above for this program, you may need to retake one or more of the placement assessments. 

Course details

This program, and all CNA programs, are regulated by the Federal and State governments, which require all programs to focus on the long-term care facility setting. The government also requires every CNA program to be a minimum of 75 hours in length. Our program is 116 hours long.

Delta's program consists of three sections (5 college credits)

  1. Lecture
  2. Simulation laboratory
  3. Clinical - caring for actual residents in a local long-term care facility. All sections must be passed to successfully complete the course and then be eligible to take the state exam. Once the state exam is passed, one becomes a Certified Nursing Assistant.

The courses include American Heart Association BLS Provider (which includes CPR) and First Aid training and certification upon successful completion.

CNA 100W - Certified Nursing Assistant Training
Introduces theory related to basic patient care and activities of daily living. Successful completion of the course with a grade of "C" or better entitles the student for eligibility to take a competency evaluation exam to attain state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

A final grade of "F" will be assigned in both theory and lab if either course is not successfully completed. Students are not eligible for a course refund, beyond the college defined refund period, if a determination has been made by the clinical agency that prevents the student from entering the facility for any reason. 

CNA 100LW - Certified Nursing Assistant Lab
Introduces clinical skills and experiences related to basic patient care and activities of daily living. Utilizes these skills in a variety of health care settings, such as long-term, home health, and acute care facilities. Successful completion of the course with a grade of "C" or better entitles the student for eligibility to take a competency evaluation exam to attain state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. A final grade of "F" will be assigned in both theory and lab if either course is not successfully completed. Students are not eligible for a course refund, beyond the college defined refund period, if a determination has been made by the clinical agency that prevents the student from entering the facility for any reason.

All sections must be passed to successfully complete the course and then be eligible to take the state exam. Once the state exam is passed one becomes a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Course requirements

As a clinical student, it is your responsibility to maintain current health records while in a healthcare program. For participation in simulated lab experiences and admission to all clinical agencies, students must have a copy of all required documents on file with the instructor prior to the class start date. Students who do not have the required documentation will not be allowed to participate in labs in addition to the clinical site and will be dismissed from the program.

Required documents 

  • Physical examination
  • Negative TB test (annually)
  • Influenza vaccination (annually)
  • State of Michigan immunization record
    • Hepatitis B
    • MMR
    • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Accellular (TD, Tdap)
    • Varicella

A criminal background check (CBC, fingerprinting) must be completed before entering the clinical agency. Students are not eligible for a course refund, beyond Delta's defined refund period, if a determination has been made by the clinical agency to prevent the student from entering the facility for any reason.

Registration

Please contact the Nursing Department to be registered. Nursing can be reached at 989-686-9500 or katiegreen@delta.edu. You must be an active student at Delta College.

Why you should choose Delta

Affordability

Check out your options, you'll find that Delta's CNA classes cost less than many other programs that spend less time preparing students. And, Delta offers financial aid for those who qualify. Please contact Delta’s Financial Aid Office for more information. 

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Convenience

Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers the CNA classes at a variety of times throughout the year including day and evening classes.

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Hands-on experience

Students gain valuable experience spending 32 hours with actual residents in long-term care facilities implementing personal care skills including eating, dressing, grooming, bathing, and toileting. You will also learn safe transfer techniques, Range of Motion exercises, and how to take temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure. Caring for dementia residents is also included.

Because our program utilizes only local facilities for clinical experiences, students are able to commute from home.

Reputation
Delta CNA's have a great reputation for being well trained! We have above 93% (2015) pass rates on the state tests that you may take to become a certified nurse aide. This percentage is much higher than the state passing averages (79%-2015).  
Requirements - basic nursing skills

Students entering the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program or Practical Nurse (PN) program must provide documentation of ability to perform specific nursing skills prior to entry into the clinical portion of the program. Students must be competent in performing ALL of the following specific nursing skills that are learned and practiced as a CNA (recording vital signs, eating, dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting).

The nursing curriculum, for the ADN and PN programs, builds on this knowledge and expects each student to perform in a safe and competent manner related to these functions.

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Facts & Figures

Testing materials

Our graduates had a 93% pass rate on the state test in 2015.

16 to 1

Delta's CNA program has a student to instructor ratio of 16 to 1 during classroom training and 8 to 1 during labs. As our student, you definitely have our attention.


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