What is a nursing assistant?

These paraprofessional members of the health care team provide personal and related health care assistance to individuals who are sick, disabled, dependent or residents of health care facilities. All individuals wishing to be employed as a nursing assistant or home health aide must complete an approved nursing assistant training course.

When is the next class?

The classes typically begin every eight weeks. You will be invited to register for a class of your choice as classes are formed. You will be notified of registration dates two weeks prior to the start of class

What is covered in the training?

The program consists of 125.5 hours of training – 95.5 hours of classroom and  learning as well as 32 hours of clinical training in a laboratory. Topics covered include basic nursing skills, resident's rights, vital signs, social services, basic rehabilitative services, personal care skills, and safety and emergency procedures.

CNA training program

This CNA Review course trains students to provide basic, routine, nursing-related services to individuals in various health care settings. The program includes live classroom lecture, hands-on lab sessions and 32 hours of quiz training.

Our program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to be confident in your ability to take care of patients in their homes. When you choose MRDCENTER’s CNA/HHA training, there are no prerequisites to enroll—so you can get started right away and graduate in as few as four months. Combined CNA/HHA course which will allow the students to be more “marketable” with the additional home-health skills that they learning and  therefore maximizing their overall success. 

What you get

  • A comprehensive HHA training eBook and study guides
  • Academic support by email, phone, or online, and personalized career guidance upon graduation
  • A working knowledge of OSHA regulations and other safe care requirements
  • Career Diploma at graduation and the opportunity to participate in our live commencement ceremony

CNA training curriculum

1)  Introduction

  1. Role and responsibilities of the Certified Nursing Assistant
  2. Title 22: State Regulations pertaining to Certified Nursing Assistant Programs
  3. Requirements for nurse assistant certification
  4. Professionalism
  5. Ethics and confidentiality 

2)  Patients' Rights

  1. Title 22
  2. Health and Safety Code
  3. Code of Federal Regulations regarding Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation 

3)  Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  1. Communications
  2. Defense mechanisms
  3. Socio-cultural factors
  4. Attitudes- illness/health care
  5. Family interaction 

4)  Prevention and Management of Catastrophe and Unusual Occurrences

  1. Emergency Care Procedures
  2. General safety rules
  3. Fire and disaster plans
  4. Roles and procedures for C.N.A.
  5. Patient Safety 

5)  Body Mechanics

  1. Basic body mechanics
  2. Transfer techniques
  3. Ambulation techniques
  4. Proper body mechanics/positioning techniques 

6)  Medical and Surgical Asepsis

  1. Microorganisms
  2. Universal precautions
  3. Principals of asepsis 

7)  Weights and Measures

  1. Metric system
  2. Weight, length, and liquid volume measurements
  3. Military time, i.e., a 24-hour clock 

8)  Patient Care Skills

  1. Bathing/medicinal baths
  2. Dressing
  3. Oral Hygiene
  4. Hair care, shampoo, medicinal shampoo, nail care, shaving
  5. Prosthetic devices
  6. Skin care/decubitus ulcers
  7. Elimination needs
  8. Bowel and bladder retraining
  9. Weighing/measuring the patient 

9)  Patient Care Procedures

  1. Collection of specimens: stool, urine, and sputum
  2. Care of patient with tubing: gastric, oxygen, urinary, IV. This care does not include inserting, suctioning, or changing the tubes.
  3. Intake and output
  4. Bed making
  5. Cleansing enemas, laxative suppositories
  6. Admission, transfer, discharge
  7. Bandages, non-sterile dry dressing application of non-legend topical ointments to intact skin 

10)  Vital Signs

  1. Purpose of vital signs
  2. Factors affecting vital signs
  3. Normal ranges
  4. Methods of measurement
  5. Temperature, pulse, respiration
  6. Blood pressure
  7. Abnormalities
  8. Recording 

11)  Nutrition

  1. Proper nutrition
  2. Feeding technique
  3. Diet therapy 

12)  Emergency Procedures

  1. Signs and symptoms of distress
  2. Immediate and temporary intervention
  3. Emergency codes 

13)  Long-term Care Resident

  1. Needs of persons with retardation, Alzheimer's, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, dementia, mental illness
  2. Introduction to anatomy and physiology
  3. Physical and behavioral needs and changes
  4. Community resources available
  5. Psychological, social, and recreational needs
  6. Common diseases/disorders, including signs and symptoms 

14)  Rehabilitative Nursing

  1. Promoting patient potential
  2. Devices and equipment
  3. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  4. Family interactions
  5. Complications of inactivity
  6. Ambulation
  7. Range of Motion (ROM) 

15)  Observation and Charting

  1. Observation of patients and reporting responsibilities
  2. Patient care plan
  3. Patient care documentation
  4. Legal issues of charting
  5. Medical terminology and abbreviations 

16)  Death and Dying

  1. Stages of grief
  2. Emotional and spiritual needs of patient and family
  3. Rights of dying patient
  4. Signs of approaching death
  5. Monitoring the patient
  6. Postmortem care

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of the CNA and the state requirements for certification.
  2. Identify principles of client safety, including environment assessment and emergency procedures.
  3. Demonstrate skills necessary to perform nursing assistant procedures safely and effectively, including accurate measurement of vital signs, transfer techniques, bathing/grooming principles and feeding techniques.
  4. Accurately document nursing assistant skills, including vital signs, patient transfers, bathing, grooming, and feeding.
  5. Describe basic infection control procedures, client rights, and confidentiality.
  6. Utilize beginning principles of therapeutic communication.
  7. Explain responsibilities to prevent, recognize, and report client abuse.
  8. Identify and address the needs of clients undergoing various stages of care including long-term care, rehabilitative care, and the dying process.
  9. Identify and address the special needs of clients with developmental and mental disorders.

Boost your career prospects as a home health care aide

The demand for professionals with the skills needed to care for ill and elderly patients in their homes is growing consistently as the baby boomer generation ages. For professional guidance such as how to build your professional brand, using social media in the job search, and improving your interview skills, all MRDCENTER students and graduates have access to our exclusive Career Tools, which includes one-on-one sessions with our knowledgeable advisors.

Job opportunities

As the baby boomer population ages, there will be more and more demand for qualified CNA/home health aides who can support elderly and ill patients in their homes. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts an astonishing 40% growth rate in home health and personal care aide roles by 2026*. That's more than four times the average growth rate for all occupations.


Pursue a rewarding career helping people maintain a feeling of safety and a sense of independence in their homes. Our Home Health Aide training tuition is affordable and flexible so you get to decide on a payment option that works for you. Are you ready to launch your career as a home health care aide? Get started immediately and you could graduate in as few as two months

Payment options

Our programs are flexible and so are our payment options. Choose the one that works best for you.

Interested in learning more?

If you want to find out more about the program or talk about the payment options available to you, get in touch with us at 786-360-2666 or request information online. http://mrdcenter.com/

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