Pre-CNA Course

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Stacy Bennig
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Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium
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Instructional Material
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This course is designed to prepare students for the American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program. Each week there is a topic to learn and a skill to practice. The duration of this course is 225 hours over 18 weeks. Topics covered include: (1) Introduction to the nursing assistant job and their role in the health care team; (2) Working in long-term care; (3) Patient rights; (4) Understanding people; (5) Communication; (6)  Controlling germs; (7) Keeping people safe; (8)  Language of care: the patient’s care plan; (9) Measuring vital signs; (10) Personal care; (11) Elimination; (12) Alzheimer and HIV/AIDS; (13) Specific illnesses and caring for personal surroundings; (14) Nutrition; (15) Admitting and discharging procedures; (16) Restorative care; and (17) End of life.

Benefits and Uses

This curriculum provides students an entry to the Health Sciences career pathway.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.