Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant Technical Competency Area

The Certified Nursing Assistant Program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside care is needed. Classroom instruction includes an introduction to health care, essential OBRA skills required for certification, body structure and function, and the job-seeking process, with an introduction to computer skills as it relates to the health care industry. Students participate in clinical activities at approved facilities under the supervision of the instructor. Upon successful completion of this nurse aid training and competency evaluation program (NATCEP) the student will become a certified nursing assistant with the state of Louisiana.

Application Process

Admission to the Nursing Assistant course is open to qualified applicants each semester. Applicants must meet with the course instructor and submit required documentation prior to the first day of class. Class size is limited and priority will be given to qualified applicants who  complete and submit required documentation. Costs of all requirements for admission are incurred by the students.

Application Packet
Right to Review Form
Right to Review Disclosure Form

Admission Criteria

The following are minimum prerequisite requirements for admission to the Nursing Assistant course:
1. Must be admitted to the college
2. Possess a Accuplacer Reading score of 53 or greater (SEE APPLICATION PACKET)
3. Demonstrate completion of AHA CPR (Basic Life Support--BLS)
4. Complete and pass a State Criminal Background check with fingerprinting
5. Pass urine drug screen
6. Be capable of performing activities required as evidenced by health and physical examination
7. Demonstrate current tuberculosis screening and immunizations/titers as required
8. Must be 16 years old or older
9. Sign Student Liability Statement form

Criminal Background Check

Applicants to the Nurse Assistant course must submit to a criminal background check, with all costs borne by the student. Applicants who have been charged with, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, been convicted of, or committed a criminal offense that involves a crime of violence or distribution of drugs, abuse, neglecting or mistreating the elderly or infirm, or misappropriating property may be denied the right to enroll in the course.