Certified Nursing Assistant Training: Next Session Begins Soon at FCC
The Frederick Community College Allied Health Academy begins a new training session for certified nursing assistants Monday, July 23, 2012. Applications are now being accepted. Job seekers with a passion for patient care who want employment in a fast-growth occupation can receive training in four months through FCC's program. Graduates will be prepared to work as certified nursing assistants (CNA) or geriatric nursing assistants (GNA).
The first classes, Basic Interpersonal Skills and Introduction to Allied Health Skills, will begin Monday, July 23. Academy students will begin Certified Nursing Assistant classes September 5, 2012, and conclude by November 28. The last phase of the program incorporates clinical rotations to provide hands-on training in local long-term care facilities.
Twelve students will be selected to complete the program as a group and receive specific supportive services available through the academy, services such as tutoring, goal setting, academic monitoring, and some financial assistance based on financial need.
Classes will be held at Frederick Community College’s Monroe Center at 200 Monroe Avenue. Clinical sites will be announced after classes begin.
The job outlook for nursing assistants is good. According to O*Net Online jobs resource center, the projected rate of job growth for nursing assistants is 14-19 percent through 2018.
Average hourly wages for CNAs and GNAs range from $10-16 per hour. According to America’s Career InfoNet, nursing assistant jobs are among the 50 fastest growing occupations in the United States.
CNA courses are offered through the Continuing Education non-credit division and are not eligible for federal financial aid (Pell grants). The academy will provide some financial assistance for students, which will be made possible through a grant from the Marvin E. Ausherman Charitable fund and through partnerships with community agencies and the FCC Foundation, Inc. Additional scholarships have been provided by the Delaplaine Foundation Inc.
To apply or learn more about opportunities available through the academy, contact the Frederick Community College Office of Adult Services at 301.846.2483, or visit the website www.frederick.edu/alliedhealthacademy.