We also know that passing the state exam is a top priority. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that both the written and the 24 skills are covered during the classes as well as a practice exam.
We are not a State test site for the written or the skills portion. You must pay the state exam fee separately. Currently that fee is $101.00. We will provide you with all the paperwork as well as assist you in filling out the application for the exam as part of our training time. You will be notified of your test date by mail, typically within a few weeks of submitting your application.
Working as a certified nursing assistant, or CNA, is no easy thing. Behind the scenes, or at least beyond what most visitors see, CNAs carry out the vast majority of the tasks needed to help keep hospitals and long-term care centers working. As the primary caregivers for millions of recovering, terminal, or aging patients, CNAs must be well prepared to their jobs, and do them well.
Certified nursing assistants are employed by hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and private individuals to take care of patients’ everyday needs. A large amount of a CNA’s work involves personal care duties such as bathing, dressing, and feeding patients, as well as brushing teeth and combing hair. CNAs help patients in and out of bed, often by lifting or carrying them, and assist them with walking as they travel to and from surgeries and treatments. In certain settings–for example, senior-care and other assisted-living facilities–certified nursing assistants are responsible for helping patients get daily exercise, as well as leading or participating in field trips or group activities.
In almost all work environments, CNAs answer patients’ calls for help, take their vital signs, and monitor their behavior and physical condition for progress or deterioration. This level of hands-on interaction also means that CNAs do tasks that some might shy away from, including changing bed pans or soiled undergarments. All CNAs work under the supervision of an experienced nurse, and report any problems or worsening in a patient’s condition to the facility staff. Other job requirements may include stocking and keeping storerooms tidy, cleaning patient rooms, doing laundry, and assisting with minor medical procedures.