Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Our Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Caregiver training offers the skills necessary to seek certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Students who successfully complete all three of our certified classes may be eligible to take the Arkansas Certified Nurse Aide Exam.
  • Our Certified Nursing Assistant training is divided into three courses, each designed to assist in advancing caregiving skills and competencies.  All courses meet state and federal guidelines and are taught by UAMS employees including licensed nurses and other healthcare professionals. Students who successfully complete all three of our certified classes may be eligible to take the Arkansas Certified Nurse Aide Exam.
  • The Certified Nursing Assistant Fast Track Course is a 91-hour training program that prepares an individual to take the state CNA examination.  It is currently being offered at the Hot Springs and Little Rock sites. This course is a single course that includes topics from our three traditional courses.
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In-Home Assistant (IHA) (40 hours)
The In-Home Assistant course provides basic instruction on caregiving in the home.  Participants receive instruction on:

  • Assisting with basic activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing walking and meal preparation
  • How to provide companionship
  • Engagement in conversation
  • Activities and how to maintain a clean and safe environment

This course provides basic information and instruction on caregiving in the home.  Participants receive information and skills training necessary for providing support and assistance to older adults who require minimal to moderate assistance.  The course focuses heavily on the “hands-on” personal care skills.

 

Participants learn to assist with or perform basic activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, walking and meal preparation; how to provide companionship, engagement in conversation and activities and how to maintain a clean and safe environment.  The course provides 24 hours of classroom instruction and 16 hours are allotted for skills practice.  Successful completion of this course requires a passing score of 80% or better on a written test and satisfactory performance of basic physical skills under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

This course satisfies the Rules and Regulations for Home Caregiver Training in Arkansas per the Arkansas Department of Health 2014 Arkansas cod ANN.20-77-2101.

Home Care Assistant (HCA) (60 hours)
The Home Care Assistant course provides information and instruction on how to provide care for individuals who need moderate to maximum assistance and builds on the skills learned in the IHA course.  HCA students learn to provide more advanced “hands-on” caregiving skills, such as:

  • Using a mechanical lift
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Graduates of this course can perform routine services for home health agencies, and other settings, under the supervision of a licensed nurse

This course provides information and instruction on how to provide care for individuals who need moderate to maximum assistance and builds on the information received in the IHA course.

Participants learn to perform more advanced caregiving skills, such as using a mechanical lift.  Graduates of this course can perform routine nursing-related services for home health agencies and in other settings, under the supervision of a licensed nurse and may be eligible to take the Arkansas Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) examination.

The Home Care Assistant course contains 60 hours of content and focuses on advanced caregiving skills necessary for working in both the home and long term care settings.  In the Home Care Assistant course, 26.5 hours are dedicated to classroom instruction, 17.5 hours are allotted for skills practice and competency, and 16 hours are allocated for off-site clinical experience.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Training (AD) (16 hours)
This course provides information and instruction on how to provide support and care for a person with dementia.  Participants receive basic information on:

  • Types and causes of dementia
  • Instruction on diseases and conditions frequently associated with dementia
  • Communication techniques
  • Managing challenging behaviors
  • Environmental modifications
  • Activities

This course provides information and instruction on how to provide support and care for a person with dementia.  Participants receive basic information on the types and causes of dementia, diseases and conditions frequently associated with dementia, and practical tips on managing challenging behaviors such as wandering and resistance to daily hygiene.  Participants also receive instruction and demonstration of communication techniques, environmental modification, and activities.

Other information in this course includes managing end of life care, self care, and maintaining respect, dignity and quality of life of the individual with dementia.  Successful completion of this course requires a passing score of 80% or better on a written test.  This course has no prerequisites and is recommended for anyone caring for someone with dementia in the home, adult day care or institutional setting. This course satisfies AR Code 20-10-701 et seq and the AR State Department of Human Services Nursing Assistant Training Program regulations requirement for 15 hours of training commonly referred to as the “Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training”.

Geriatric Home Caregiver (GHC) is the title for graduates who have successfully completed all three levels of training. Graduates are eligible to challenge the state certification examination for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Continuing Education
Continuing education classes are provided regularly to meet the ongoing education needs of the graduate.  Topics are specific to caring for the older adult, as well as a variety of aging issues.