Central Arizona College offering weekend nursing assistant course at its Aravaipa Campus

August 18, 2008

EASTERN PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College has an opportunity for students from Tucson to Superior along the Copper Corridor to break into the health care field.

And it can be done on the weekends.

Central Arizona College is offering a nurse assistant program at its Aravaipa Campus starting Aug. 23 running through Dec. 13. The weekend class HMP125 will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The course is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position as a nurse assistant. Emphasis is on basic patient care skills based on knowledge of universal precautions, asepsis, basic human needs, body mechanics, treatments and procedures, patient admission and discharge, and basic gerontology needs.

The course covers instructions in rudimentary anatomy, physiology, nutrition, medical terminology and gerontology.

Students will receive a hands-on approach to learning the required skills, first in the laboratory setting and then practicing in a nursing facility. They will spend 60 hours in the classroom and lab, and an additional 90 hours in the clinical setting.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have earned six college credits and be eligible to take the Arizona State Board of Nursing written and skill examination to earn the nursing assistant certification. These college credits can be applied toward the licensed nurse program.

In four months, students can be eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant state examination. Once certified by the state of Arizona, students may then be employed as a nursing assistant earning $8-20 per hour.

For more information, please contact Linda Buchanan-Anderson by phone at 480-677-7712, or by e-mail at lbuchanan@centralaz.edu. Students may also contact the Aravaipa Campus by calling 520-357-2800 or 866-869-6501.


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