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What are the specifics of the Certified Nursing Assistant program in the School of Nursing (SON)
The nursing assistant program is a 75 hour course comprised of both a didactic and clinical component. The didactic component which includes instructional materials and tests, is an on-line program and accounts for 51 hours of the 75. The clinical component is comprised of 8 hours in the SON skills laboratory on the University campus and 16 hours in a/the clinical facility – all under the supervision of SUSON teachers.
History of the Certified Nursing Assistant Program
A local Health Care Systems company requested the School of Nursing to develop a program to teach the company’s executive staff the role and scope of practice of a patient care assistant – as a function of an internal company goal. The SON agreed and applied for approval from the state of Kentucky to conduct the Medicaid Nursing Aide program (MNA) -Long Term Care officially titled the Kentucky Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation program (NATCEP). State approval was granted and personnel from the SON provided the program which allows the graduate of the program to sit for the State examination. This program has been implemented once and additional programs are scheduled.
Subsequent to this proposal, another local Health Care Systems company and the SON reached an agreement to develop a program to teach their current Patient Care Assistants aspects of patient care to improve the skill level in the acute care setting. The SON is currently working to develop the program to teach current Patient Care Assistants acute care and specialty unit skills – reflective of their area of assignment. This course of study is not a state program. The SON is working with a private company to develop a course of study based on role delineation studies of currently practicing Nurse Assistants in acute care that is psycho metrically sound and legally defensible. It is anticipated that a National Certification exam will be forthcoming.
Additionally, students from the SUSON are required to complete a Nursing Assistance course prior to entering the Nursing program. The SON has a program within the School that meets the needs of students.