Schmieding Method of Training

The  UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program emphasizes quality instruction using a formally written curriculum and low student-teacher ratios.  This “dedication to quality” has evolved into what is now referred to as the “Schmieding Method” of training home caregivers.

The “Schmieding Method” of training home caregivers also emphasizes the importance of the learning environment. It is our belief that students who learn in a positive supportive learning environment develop a higher level of confidence and are more competent performing care.

Finally, the “Schmieding Method” is not just about what we teach, or where we teach, it is also about how we teach. Our Instructors select teaching strategies that integrate the values of integrity, dignity and respect coupled with a variety of interactive teaching methods to enhance the learning experience.

Our Commitment to Quality

Quality training is very important to us. The UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver training model purposely uses a low teacher to student ratio so that each student can receive individualized instruction and adequate supervision.  To ensure each student receives quality training, our program uses the following quality indicators:

  • Well trained instructors
  • Structured learner-centered curriculum
  • A combination of didactic and clinical experiences
  • Realistic environments for skills practice
  • Appropriate equipment and supplies
  • Interactive teaching strategies
  • Low student teacher ratio
  • Ongoing process and outcomes evaluation

Learning Environment

Each program has appropriate equipment and supplies to teach the students. In addition, the CareHouse contains many unique items such as specialty clothing, adaptive equipment, and mobility devices which add to the learning process. Students are exposed to speciality equipment that can make caring for the older person easier and safer. All UAMS Schmieding Certified programs are taught in facilities that are clean, safe, comfortable, well lit, and have appropriate space and equipment to accommodate the needs of the students.


Our classrooms are safe, non-threatening, comfortable, quiet, and have appropriate desks or tables and chairs for instructors and students. Classrooms also contain quality audio visual equipment, appropriate teaching models, and visual stimuli intended to assist the learning process.

Our Instructors

Primary and secondary instructors for this program are required to show proof of licensure as a nurse, must have experience working in home health or long term care and must have experience working with paraprofessionals and/or family members. Instructors are also required to have experience supervising nursing assistants and/or teaching nurse aides.