The health care industry is in a continuous state of change and the Nursing Assistant role in the delivery of health related services has evolved. Nursing Assistants are valued members of the health care team working in not only the long-term care setting, but also in new and dynamic roles like Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) in hospitals and stand alone Emergency facilities. For many decades the Nursing Assistant role has been subservient and requiring obedience to the delegations of Registered Nurses. Today, while still required to follow the delegations of Registered Nurses, Nursing Assistants are often sought out to provide critical insight on how to best care for the patient or resident. Physicians will often times go to the Nursing Assistant to get a better understanding of the patient’s condition before they consult the nurse and write their orders because they know that the Nursing Assistant is often times the holder of the most recent critical information. Many Nursing Assistants go on to become Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants, and other higher level healthcare professionals, but for most it is a life long career.
The options for Nursing Assistants are plentiful and growing in number as the health care industry evolves. The Long-term care, or Sub-Acute care, setting has traditionally held the majority of Nursing Assistant positions and that remains true today. Patients or “Residents” living at these homes and centers require extensive assistance with their daily living which translates into the necessity to hire enough Nursing Assistants to meet the demand. However, tradition aside, CNA and LNA positions also exist in Arizona Assisted Living, Home Health, Acute Care, Physicians offices, child care, Restorative Rehabilitation, and educational settings. Recently I saw an advertisement for a Medical Records employee and it required the applicant to be a Nursing Assistant. The value of the Nursing Assistant is in the spotlight and demand for these health care professional will continue to grow.
Authored by Dan Nussbaum, RN, BSN, MBA
Valley Vocational Academy is a health care related Vocational School that is located in Tempe, Arizona. Valley Vocational Academy is owned and operated by Registered Nurses who’s primary mission is to provide a quality education at a significant value. Visit http://www.valleyvocational.com for more information.
How much does your Nursing Assistant Program cost?
The Nursing Assistant program is $975. You can save your spot in class for just $250. There are 3 payment options. Option 1. Full tuition of $975.00 which includes the $250 enrollment fee. Option 2. You can separate into 2 payments - 1st payment of $612.50, then the balance of $362.50 is due the 2nd week of class. Option 3- sign up for 3 or 6 month interest fee payment plan.
Do I have to take an admissions exam?
Yes, all Nursing Assistant programs are required to administer an admissions exam to each student.
You can complete the course in as little as 4 weeks. 3 weeks in the classroom and 1 week at a clinical site.
What kind of jobs can I have as a CNA?
As a CNA you can work in hospitals, long term care facilities, home care, skilled nursing facilities and hospice.
How should I prepare for the first day of class?
You should wear comfortable clothes with socks and closed toed shoes. You can bring your lunch and put in in our refrigerator. If you have a TB test and CPR card already, bring those the first day of class.
Where will I complete my clinicals?
You will be assigned a clinical site later on in your course. Clinical hours are performed at local long term care facilities. State board requires a total of 40 clinical hours with at least 20 hours be completed at a long term care facility. Your RN Clinical Instructor will help you meet the requirements to complete your skills training.
How do I register for a class?
Registering online and paying an enrollment fee will save your spot in class. You can also come to the school and register in person. In order to ensure a spot in class, you should register at least a week in advance. We are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and by appointment. Don't Wait, Enroll Today!
What makes Valley Vocational Academy different from other CNA schools?
At Valley Vocational Academy we have small class sizes allowing the student to work at a pace that gives them time to practice and perfect their skills and receive the personalized attention they deserve. A distraction free learning environment with comfortable classrooms and skills lab to foster better learning. Registered Nurse owned and operated, with goals for each student to have a successful educational experience. Don't wait! Enroll Today!
What if I don't have enough to pay the full tuition?
You can set up a no interest payment plan with FACTS/Nelnet and spread your payments for 3 or 6 months.
State grants may be available for those who meet requirements at AZ Job Connection.
When do I get my certificate?
You will receive your certificate once you have passed the VVA Nursing Assistant course requirements and the State Board of Nursing testing . Enroll Today!