The nurse aide program is designed to prepare an individual to fulfill the role of direct caregiver/nursing aide. The course emphasizes the skills and behaviors that are significant to employers of nurse aides, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
This course includes classroom activities, skills practice time in the laboratory and supervised clinical practice at a long-term care facility for a total of 155 hours. Students are expected to show competency in skills before the clinical portion of the course in order to proceed and complete the course. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the clinical and written exams required for certification as a nurse aide in the State of Michigan.
Major units include: orientation to long term care, understanding long term care and patient ethical/ legal aspects of health care, fire/disaster safety, safe patient environment, communication, planning and organizing work, medical and charting terminology, activities of daily living, measuring intake and output, standard precautions, infection control, body mechanics, positioning, range of motion, lifting, transfers, ambulation, vital signs, nutrition, elimination, the reproductive system of the elderly, care of specific disorders, restorative nursing, spiritual and religious needs, and death and dying.
Being a nurse aide, as well as taking course work to become a nurse aide, requires direct care of clients and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nurse aide duties.
Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the clinical and written exams required for certification as a nurse aide in the State of Michigan. The average CNA salary in Michigan is approximately $28,000 per year. Employment opportunities are favorable and exist in long-term care settings, acute care hospitals, in-home healthcare organizations and community settings.