Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency

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The Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency provides the student the knowledge and skills training to successfully complete requirements to be eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant Examination to become a CNA in Arkansas. This program will prepare you for state certification as a Nursing Assistant in Arkansas. 

The curriculum includes assisting residents with dressing, ambulation, feeding, bathing, toileting, perineal and oral care. It also covers basic range of motion exercises and restorative care. 

The Certified Nursing Assistants work in numerous settings in the health care field, including but not limited to long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinic and doctor’s offices. They work under the supervision of medical staff such as physicians and registered nurses.

In the Harrison area, Certified Nursing Assistants can expect to be paid between $7.25 and $10.50 an hour depending on shift and experience levels.

Day classes are usually offered every month beginning on the first Monday of each month. These classes run for 3 weeks 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This 120-hour class includes lecture, laboratory and clinical time as well as offering the students six college credits through North Arkansas College and CPR certification. 

Evening class runs for 5 1/2 weeks 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday for a total of 90 hours. These classes are held every other month.

2017 CNA Class Dates
Day Classes
Jan. 9-27
Jan. 30-Feb. 17
Feb. 27-March 17
April 3-21
May 8-26
June 5-23
July 10-28
Aug. 7-26
Sept. 5-25
Oct. 2-20
Oct. 30-Nov. 17
Nov. 28-Dec. 15

Evening Classes (not eligible for college credit)
Jan. 30-March 8
April 10-May 17
June 12-July 20
Aug. 28-Oct. 5

Faculty Focus
Michelle Hirsh

Michelle Hirsh
Director of Workforce and Health Education

Michelle Hirsh wants to train the next generation of certified nursing assistants (CNA). She began in-service training while working in nursing homes and realized education was a huge part of the job.