Geriatric Certified Nurse Aide

Geriatric Certified Nurse Aide Course

The FSCC Geriatric Certified Nurse Aide course is 90-hour, state-regulated CNA course that follows federal guidelines. It is divided into two parts: part one is lecture and lab, and part two is a lecture and clinical experience. The first part of the course provides trainees with experience in performing basic nursing skills. The majority of supervised clinical experience for a Nurse Aide Trainee I takes place in a simulated laboratory setting. Part II of the course requires performance of direct care tasks within the licensed adult care home environment. Trainees are designated as a Nurse Aide Trainee II. They are eligible to provide direct, individual care to residents in a licensed adult care home under the direction of a licensed nurse.

Enrollment requirements

Students enrolled in the CNA course must be at least 16 years of age, and have a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray with no active signs or symptoms of TB. Clinical agencies may also require an influenza vaccination during the late fall and winter months. 

For program details, please view the Course Catalog

Employment outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 17% through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants will be needed to assist and care for these patients.

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