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Certified Nursing Assistant

The Nursing Assistant Program is offered on the Arkansas State University-Beebe Searcy campus.  The program integrates classroom theory with clinical education.  Classes are held on the Searcy campus and clinical rotations may be held at the Crossing at Riverside Nursing Facility, Oakdale Nursing Facility, and/or Unity Health.  

Program Overview

This course introduces the principles of personal and professional development including therapeutic communications, legal aspects, ethical concepts, and nursing responsibilities with emphasis on the patient, family, and co-workers.

Included in this course is a study of growth and development, fundamental skills, principles, and attitudes needed to provide nursing care with skill, safety, and comfort for the patient. CPR certification is included in the program curriculum.

The student will have the ability to meet environmental, hygienic, activity, and nutritional needs as well as specialized care for Alzheimer and dementia patients.

Step One: Provide Proof of Required Vaccinations

o   TB Skin test current through last day of class

o   Tetanus Shot, within the last 10 years

o   Flu Shot, within last 12 months (for classes meeting September through March)

Step Two: Complete Background Check Form with $35.00 fee

o   Misdemeanor convictions in the last five years, felony convictions in the last ten years, or ANY theft or battery conviction will prevent enrollment

Step Three: Tuition

o Pay $800 to secure seat in class (Career Pathways students must check with that office to assure they have completed program requirements)


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Part I—Theory and Classroom Lab

Unit I:      Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Unit II:     Infection Prevention & Control

Unit III:    Safety & Emergency Procedures

Unit IV:    Promoting Independence & Respecting Residents Rights

Unit V:     Introduction to Resident Care

Part II – Classroom and Clinical Training

Unit VI:    Personal Care Skill

Unit VIII:  Basic Nursing Skills

Unit VIII: Cognitive/Behavioral/Social

Unit IX:    Basic Restorative Services

Part III – Classroom and Clinical Training

 Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training Program

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Additional Resources

If you are considering Certified Nursing Assistant as a career, but would like to gather additional information about what it means to become a CNA, then click the link below. This resource provides information on where CNA's are hired, type of salary range you can expect, basic questions concerning requirements and training involved to become a CNA. 

CNA Guide

For additional information, please contact 501.207.6249 or 501.207.6213.


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