Minuteman Community Education will be offering a Nursing Assistant Program.
This program provides students with the skills needed to work in a variety of medical settings. Topics include physical and emotional care of patients, vital signs, communication skills, handling of stress, safety issues, and the aging process.
The course consists of classroom instruction, followed by practice in a nursing lab. In order to apply these skills in a clinical setting, approximately 24 hours will be spent in a nursing home under the supervision of the instructor.
Fall & Winter: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 8:30 pm for classroom meetings; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 9:00 pm and one Saturday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for clinical
Summer: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm for classroom meetings; Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm for clinical meetings
Minuteman's course also includes Heartsaver CPR/AED Certifications. The additional certification will make Minuteman's CNA graduates ready for employment.
Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for these patients.
As the baby-boom population ages, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Older people are more likely than younger people to experience dementia, as well as chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. More nursing assistants will be needed to care for patients with these conditions.
Demand for nursing assistants may be constrained by the fact that many nursing homes rely on government funding. Cuts to programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, may affect patients’ ability to pay for nursing home care. In addition, patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing the demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to increased opportunities for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for nursing assistants was $25,090 per year in 2014 or $12.06 per hour.
- According to the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the median annual wage in Massachusetts was $29,170 in May 2014.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to apply for the State Department of Public Health exam. Students must meet minimum attendance requirements.
Textbook and supplies are included.