The Nurse Aide program is a two year sequence combining class work with clinical experience. Students are accountable to the Virginia Board of Nursing Regulations.
Due to State Board of Nursing regulations, student behavior, attendance, ability to provide a social security number, and ability to read independently will determine eligibility for the State of Virginia CNA Exam. The primary instructor retains all rights to determine if students are allowed to take the C.N.A Exam. There are fees associated with the Nurse Aide I and II classes (club dues, uniform, and workbook). A TB Test must be obtained from your physician and negative results must be given to instructor by September 1st.
Community involvement with patients in various facilities is part of the course work in both Nurse Aide I & II. Therefore, preference will be given to students who meet behavioral and academic requirements. The primary instructor retains all rights to determine if students are allowed to participate in clinical experiences.
Introduction to Health Occupations
Grades 9-10 1 Credit
This class will explore healthcare careers in a variety of settings. Skills common to all health occupations will be taught: e.g. obtaining weights and measurements and vital signs. Students will study the history of health care, recent medical discoveries, and men and women who have been pioneers in the healthcare field. Involvement in health promotional events will be encouraged as well as involvement in HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America).
Nurse Aide I Grade Level: 10-11 2 Credits
It is recommended that students complete Introduction to Health Occupations prior to entering this class.
This class will further explore careers in the allied health field by developing more basic skills common to several careers, such as dental, nursing, veterinary, physical therapy and related occupations. Students will study medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology. Community involvement at local facilities is part of the course work for this class. Students will also be encouraged to continue involvement in HOSA. This class is applicable to both males and females interested in health occupations. It is excellent for those who wish to pursue a career in nursing, radiology or surgical technology.
Nurse Aide II Grade 11-12 3 Credits
The opportunity to enter this class is available to those students who have completed Nurse Aide I in good academic and behavioral standing and who are at least 16 years of age.
The study of medical terminology and anatomy continues as well as advanced skills in assisting with therapeutic and emergency measures. Students will learn to bathe, feed, dress, and transport patients in healthcare settings. Students will prepare to take the state nursing assistant certification exam that leads to employment as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). Passing the CNA exam can count as a student verified SOL credit. Students will also be encouraged to continue involvement in HOSA. This course is applicable to both males and females for those who wish to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.