Certified Nurse Assistant Acute Care Training Course
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This course is designed for students who are Certified Nurse Assistants and desire to learn the basic nursing skills and duties of the CNA in the acute care setting, with additional emphasis on the areas of medical/surgical, orthopedic, pediatric, and obstetric care. The Certified Nurse Assistant Acute Care course consists of 27 hours classroom instruction and 81 hours supervised clinical practice in an acute care hospital. The course curriculum includes communication, patient assessment, observation, reporting, as well as reinforcement of Certified Nurse Assistant basic-care procedures.
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Accepting applications for the Spring 2021 course until Currently accepting applications.
Fall 2021 session – currently accepting applications.
For any questions, please contact Patricia Luna: Paluna@riohondo.edu
|Acute Care Content|
|27 Hours Theory|
|54 Hours Clinical|
|Total Units 2.5|
- Sixteen years of age or older
- Proof of current CNA certification (copy of certification required),
- A valid social security number (copy of card required)
- A Current American Heart Association BLS Professional Health Care Provider CPR Card
Completion of the Rio Hondo College Reading Assessment is recommended.
Attending a nursing information session with the nursing counselor is recommended.
- Applicants must complete and submit an Acute CNA course application with attached copies of: a valid CNA Certification, Social Security Card, and AHA CPR/BLS card. Applications are accepted by Email,
- The Dean of Health Science & Nursing and the Entry-Level Program Director will evaluate each application for consideration.
- Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted into the course by mail and may be notified by phone.
Students accepted into the Certified Nurse Assistant Acute Care course are required to:
- submit a completed health & physical examination form, including immunization records (Applicants must be free from communicable diseases, infections, psychological disorders, and other conditions that would prevent the successful performance of the responsibilities and tasks required in the training),
- submit an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Professional Healthcare Providers CPR Card,
- complete a background check through the assigned agency (fingerprints).
(Based on national guidelines from the Joint Commission, and clinical facility policies; nursing students must have clear criminal background checks to participate in clinical courses. The Health Science & Nursing Division requires that applicants disclose prior misdemeanors and felony convictions. The applicant must explain the circumstance of the convictions and provide documentation of rehabilitation.)
- The applicant will be required to undergo drug testing at their expense before caring for patients in the clinical setting (through the assigned agency). Evidence of drug use would will jeopardize admission for the student to the course due to the requirements in the clinical setting.
Career Certificate Requirements
- Complete all theory and clinical hours for the course.
- Pass the theory course with a grade no less than “C” AND the clinical course with a grade no less than “C”.
For additional information you may contact the Health Science and Nursing Division at 562-908-3421.