College offers new certified nursing assistant program

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will begin offering a non-credit
certified nursing assistant/home health aide (CNA/HHA) program this
February at the Cambridge Campus. In only 72 hours, students can gain
the training and skills necessary for an in-demand healthcare career
that helps others and makes an impact on their quality of life.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will begin offering a non-credit certified nursing assistant/home health aide (CNA/HHA) program this February at the Cambridge Campus. In only 72 hours, students can gain the training and skills necessary for an in-demand healthcare career that helps others and makes an impact on their quality of life.

“Our research shows that the supply of healthcare workers is not sufficient to meet the growing demand, now or into the future,” said the college’s Executive Director of Professional Training, Sherry Wickstrom. “In response to this need, Anoka-Ramsey Community College will offer CNA/HHA certificate programs in the community that will meet the growing need and provide a fulfilling career that makes a difference in people’s lives.”

Upon program completion, graduates will be eligible for a CNA/HHA certificate and, after passing the CNA state exam, be registered on the Minnesota CNA State Registry.

The combined CNA/HHA program is state-approved.  Participants will:

• learn basic nursing skills, including how to read and record a client’s vital signs and how to care for individuals in nursing homes, hospices, rehabilitation facilities, convalescent homes, hospitals and private homes.

• be supervised and guided by a registered nurse while practicing in the laboratory and clinical settings.

• prepare to take the state nursing assistant test required for employment in long-term care facilities throughout Minnesota.

The cost is $699 plus materials, and there are two options. Option 1 runs Saturdays, Feb. 5 – March 26, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes practice in a clinical setting, March 27 – 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Option 2 runs Mondays and Tuesdays, Feb. 7 – March 8,  4 to 9 p.m., and includes practice in a clinical setting, March 9 – 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Individuals may be eligible for tuition assistance for the CNA/HHA program through a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to the Healthcare Alliance. For more information, call 320-629-4570.

For more information, contact Sharon DeGideo, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Director of Training, Allied Healthcare at 763-422-6094 or Sharon.DeGideo@AnokaRamsey.edu.

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