PURPOSE: This program prepares students to become certified nurse aides (CNA) or for current CNAs to become medication aides. This program is offered as credit or non-credit. All career-technical degrees are guided by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders.
CREDENTIALS: A Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is a program of study typically less than one year in length with a major in a career-technical area. Students receiving a CSC intend to pursue immediate employment. This program prepares students for the Virginia Board of Nursing’s occupational exams for Certified Nursing Assistant and Registered Medication Aide.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the program materials located on the web site. Prior to enrolling in the NA courses, students must have current CPR certification, and submit to a criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination with immunization records. The program requires additional expenditures for the student’s health assessment, immunizations, urine drug screen, criminal background check, CPR certification, student liability, uniforms, supplies, and equipment. Students should consult their faculty advisor for more information.
- Students must meet JTCC admission requirements.
- Students must be able to fulfill all essential functions as outlined in the program materials located on the web site.
- Before enrolling in HCT 101 & HCT 102 all students must have current CPR certification through the American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider. Internet courses are not acceptable unless there is a supervised demonstration component.
- Before enrolling in HCT 101 & HCT 102 students must submit to a criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination with immunization as indicated. Additional testing may be required. Evidence of hepatitis-B vaccination or declination statement must be provided. Results of screenings must be available and evaluated as satisfactory by the dates provided at the time of enrollment. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be allowed to enroll in HCT 101 and HCT 102 .
- The criminal background and physical examination requirements are conducted by an independent company not associated with JTCC and is considered to be part of the expenses students are responsible for prior to enrolling in HCT 101 and HCT 102 .This process can take 30 days to complete. Students should contact the nursing department at 804-622-8700 and refer to the NA Student Handbook for more information.
- The program requires additional expenditures for the student’s health assessment, immunizations, urine drug screen, criminal background check, CPR certification, student liability, uniforms, supplies, and equipment, which are required for clinical assignments in HCT 101 and HCT 102 .
- A prospective student with a felony/misdemeanor conviction needs to see the HCT course instructor/program advisor. Certain convictions will prevent an individual from being certified as a nurse aide in Virginia and other states.
- To become a certified nurse aide (CNA), a student must satisfactorily complete HCT 101 and HCT 102 and pass a national exam that includes both written and practical components.
- To enroll in HCT 115 , students must be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
- To become a Medication Aide a student must satisfactorily have passed the CNA exam and the PSI Medication Aide exam.
PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will demonstrate knowledge of the role of the nurse aide:
- Exhibit competence in the role and in the performance of skills required of a nurse aide.
- Express understanding of the needs of clients, the health care system and the health care team.
- Comprehend basic anatomy and physiology and disease prevention and care provision.
- Demonstrate understanding of universal precaution and the application of infection control principles and techniques.
- Document effectively and appropriately as would be required of a nurse aide using multiple systems.
- Understand the legal/ethical responsibilities of a nurse aide and be able to function effectively within established parameters.
- Demonstrate professionalism and a healing attitude towards patient care.