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Weekend CNA Class Offered

Posted: Aug 21, 2014

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Certified Nursing Assistant students learn skills working with a manual blood pressure cuff.

To meet the significantly increased need for nurses and nursing assistants in the region, Truckee Meadows Community College is now offering Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes during a nine-week accelerated program, and new sections scheduled entirely on weekends.

“There is now a high demand for skilled and caring nursing assistants, and the addition of weekend classes allows students to start a career program when it works with their other responsibilities,” said Susan Bluhm, R.N., CNA Professor and Program Coordinator at TMCC. “For a parent that is home taking care of children all week, they have an opportunity to attend a weekend class that hasn’t existed before.”

There is such a high success rate in the CNA Program, that about 97% of students pass their classes, Bluhm said. She stated that TMCC is the only school in Northern Nevada to offer the CNA Program during weekends. “The community college program is also more accessible when it comes to cost, being more economical for students than almost every other option, and especially private schools.”

Her colleague, Dolores Wonder, R.N., CNA Professor, agrees.

“In one semester, an individual can complete training, and after passing the state exam, will be eligible to become employed full time in jobs that often include benefits,” Wonder said. “TMCC is also a testing site for the Nevada State Board of Nursing to administer certification exams for CNA candidates.”

Weekend sessions and FastTrack pacing accommodate more students’ schedules

On weekends, the NURS 130: Nursing Assistant course will be held as section #4001-4002, starting Saturday, Sept. 6 and finishing on Sunday, Nov. 23. The course is taught at TMCC’s High Tech Center at Redfield, (HTCR). Saturday classes take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and the Sunday times vary based on whether the day’s class session is in the classroom or at a clinical facility. More information on specific class times may be found in the class schedule online.

Another option is the Fast Track/dynamic, NURS 130: Nursing Assistant course that is offered as a nine-week accelerated section #1026-1027, starting Monday, Sept. 8 for nine weeks, finishing on Monday, Nov. 3. This section is also based at TMCC’s High Tech Center at Redfield, (RCB). Class times of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for lecture/lab days, and 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for clinical lab dates.

Renown Regional Medical Center and skilled care facilities in Reno and Sparks host the students for supervised field work, and students have said that the clinical hours there have given them expertise and confidence in their skills, Bluhm said.

More information about the Certified Nursing Assistant Program can be obtained by calling 775-673-7115.

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