CNA course at Cerro Coso begins Sept. 21

CNA course at Cerro Coso begins Sept. 21Cerro Coso Community College is offering its Certified Nursing Assistant course, which will offer students an opportunity to gain the skills necessary for passing the state-mandated test, beginning Sept. 21.

HCRS C055 – Certified Nursing Assistant will meet with instructor Matt Wanta, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. This class will include a one-day orientation at the start of the course.

The first four weeks will be online through Canvas. At the fifth week, students will begin rotations and/or skills lab experiences as indicated on the schedule. Course topics include legal and ethical responsibilities, bedside care, moving and positioning a resident, general observation of a resident’s condition, and responsibilities related to care of the elderly resident. Practical bedside skills are practiced by the student in the nursing skills lab. Students gain experience in a long-term care facility and must pass the course with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible to take the California CNA exam.

Nursing assistants can work in a wide variety of settings: nursing homes, adult day care centers, personal homes, and assisted living facilities.

A CNA fulfills basic quality-of-life needs for patients of any age, ethnicity, or gender in residential nursing care facilities or outpatient clinics.

Interested individuals must see a counselor or educational advisor to register for this course. No registration is available through Admissions and Records or by using online registration services for this class. Contact the Counseling Department today at 760-384-6219.

“CNA certification is an excellent preparation for students desiring to pursue a Vocational Nursing or Registered Nursing License,” said a spokesperson.

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Story First Published: 2020-09-11