DSLCC Offers Certified Nurse Aide Course This Fall Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will offer the two-course sequence for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training, beginning Wednesday, September 19.
DSLCC has scheduled the CNA course both on the Clifton Forge campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The total cost of in-state tuition for the six -credit course is $762. Students will be required to do a background check the first day of class, and the cost is approximately $45.
DSLCC has a long history of offering nurse aide courses to prepare employees for this important job. Aides provide many aspects of hands-on care of patients under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Examples include tasks such as helping patients eat, dress, and bathe; delivering messages; assisting with meals; making beds; and taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure.
The job outlook is very positive for those who successfully complete the course. Occupational information published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics includes the statement that, for nursing aides, “…employment is projected to grow faster than the average. Excellent job opportunities are expected.”
The course covers basic care skills, emphasizing the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients. Instructors also teach proper procedures, communications and interpersonal relations; observation, charting and reporting; care planning, safety and infection control; anatomy and physiology, nutrition and patient feeding; ethics, death and dying. Students will be prepared to care for patients of various ages with special emphasis on geriatric nursing, home health patient needs, and caring for patients in long and short term care facilities.
Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact the DSLCC Student Services on the Clifton Forge campus at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at (540) 261-1211.
Submitted by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College