Taking the Red Cross CNA program is an excellent opportunity for getting into the health care field. This is a fast-paced program for nursing assistants. You must be over eighteen in order to take the Red Cross CNA program.
Successful course completion requires full participation in classroom and skill sessions, as well as successful performance in skill and knowledge evaluations. Due to the nature of the skills in this program, you will be participating in strenuous activities. If you have a medical condition or disability that may prevent you from taking part in a skill session, or if you have any questions about your ability to participate fully in this course, discuss them with your health-care provider and the appropriate person at the Red Cross chapter before you start your course.
The Red Cross CNA classes covers all sorts of topic such as infection control, working with Alzheimer’s patients, with new mothers and infants. The course is divided into two areas: classroom and clinical skills.The cost of the program, books, and class length depends on the state that you are in.
Upon successfully completing the course you will qualify to take the State Competency Evaluation Test to be a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). This Course prepares students to seek employment in various health care settings, including, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, board and care/retirement facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and day care facilities for elderly.
In order to perform the clinical portion of the course in a long-term care facility you must show evidence of a recent physical and TB test by a Medical doctor within 6 months. You physician must state that you have no physical limitation which would prevent you from working as a Nurse Assistant and that you are free from any communicable diseases
The criminal background screening must be completed and the student must be cleared of criminal convictions before taking the State Competency test to be certified.