Certified Nurse Aide Course

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  • Entry requirements
    Students who want to apply for the CNA program must meet the following minimum standards. Exceptions to these standards will only be approved by course instructors after the admission interview. Students must be 18 years old or possess a GED/High School Diploma. High school students may be admitted on a space available basis, after other students are registered. Students must also document one of the following: (1) current (not more than two years old) approved placement test scores showing appropriate skill level, (2) an official transcript showing a passing grade for equivalent course taken (Kodiak College transcript can be an unofficial copy).

    Placement test scores are necessary to determine if students possess the necessary skills to be successful in the program. Approved placement tests are offered at the Kodiak College Testing Center for a nominal fee.

    Minimum scores required on approved placement test
    Placement at PRPE A86 Writing Strategies level or higher
    Placement at MATH A055 Elementary Algebra level or higher
  • Course description
    The Kodiak College CNA course is taught in a supportive, professional university environment. Classroom learning is then developed through practical skill building within community health care facilities. The CNA program prepares the student to function in an entry-level position in the basic patient care arena in various health care settings. The program meets the educational requirements and prepares students for the Certified Nurse Aide examination required by the State of Alaska. Minimum of 140 hours are required for course completion. The required hours are divided as followed: 80 hours of supervised clinical experience and 60 hours of classroom instruction. The 80 hours of clinical experience will be a combination of weekdays, weekends and some additional evenings. A completed curriculum and breakdown of hours will be available to students once registration for the CNA course has been approved.

    The State CNA Examination will be scheduled at the end of the course and students who have completed course requirements are encouraged to participate. The examination involves two components, a practical exam in which the student performs skills appropriately demonstrating competence and a written examination. Students must pass both portions to become certified. The student is required to pay fees (determined by the State of Alaska Board of Nursing) for the state examination, complete Nurse Aide Registry application form, obtain fingerprints and a passport photo for application. The instructor will provide information and coordinate paperwork processing when candidacy for the examination has been determined.

    Becoming a CNA requires good interpersonal communication skills, caring and nurturing qualities, a high standard of personal ethics and professionalism. Students will be immediately dismissed from the program if under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This behavior compromises the safety of the patient and the integrity of the profession and will not be tolerated.

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