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The Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training is a unique program designed to teach you to care for an older adult in the home. Training is divided into three courses. Each course enables you to advance your caregiving skills and competency.

Courses are taught by nurses and other health care professionals. The Schmieding curriculum fulfills the training requirements of the Arkansas Medicaid Personal Care Training Program, Rules and Regulations for Home Health Agencies in Arkansas and Conditions of Participation: Home Health Agencies from the Federal Register.

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The Schmieding Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training is divided into three courses:

  • In Home Assistant (IHA) – (no prerequisite) -40 hours
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Training (AD) – (no pre-requisite) – 16 hours
  • Home Care Assistant (must take both of the above courses before enrolling) – 60 hours

The Schmieding CNA program takes five weeks to complete, offering our students more lab time for hands-on skill training than any other program in the state. Our nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum is taught by experienced Registered Nurses who make sure our students have time to absorb, retain and master the required skills, without feeling overly rushed.

Research has shown that the more hands-on skill training students receive, the more competent and confident they will be on the job. At the Schmieding Center, we promote the highest standards in caregiver training. In addition to our focus on knowledge and hands-on skills, we teach and demonstrate problem-solving through critical thinking skills so that students who complete our program are prepared to provide the highest quality of care for an aging population.

Our comprehensive CNA curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to meet national best practice standards.

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The 40 hour IHA course satisfies the training required by Arkansas law for caregivers who are paid to provide care in the home of a person who is 50 years of age or older. IHA training includes basis home safety and personal care. Graduates are prepared to work with clients who need assistance to remain in the home.
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The AD course describes the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and various types of dementia. It provides valuable information about the needs and care of a person with dementia including how to manage difficult behaviors.

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The Advanced IHA course adds the training most requested by agencies and family caregivers: CPR, Vital Signs, Hoyer Lift, and Advanced Physical Skills.
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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 focuses on advanced caregiving skills necessary for working in both the home and long term care settings. In the Home Care Assistant course, 16 hours are allocated for off-site clinical experience.

Students may not register for this class until they have completed IHA.

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