Oct 21, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Nursing Assistant

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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.

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 $9.25 and $11.25 an hour depending on shift worked.

Day classes are usually offered every month. These classes run for 3 weeks 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may also choose a 120-hour program by adding a bonus week for six college credits through North Arkansas College. CPR certification is also offered as an add on for any student who is interested. 

Evening classes vary but typically run for 5 1/2 weeks 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday for a total of 90 hours. Evening classes are held on demand at both our North Campus and our Carroll County Campus.   

2020 CNA Class Dates

(all classes are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise)

North Arkansas College North Campus
1320 Spring Road, Harrison, AR
Jan. 13
Feb. 3
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6
Aug. 3
Sept. 7
Oct. 5
Nov. 2
Nov. 30
  •  Night classes are scheduled as needed. Call 870-391-3140 for more information.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Promote a good understanding of ethics with emphasis on the need for confidentiality.

  • Relate to and demonstrate understanding of changes which occur in the aging process and explain the causes of infections and prevention and containment.

  • Demonstrate competence of nursing assistant skills.

  • Demonstrate skilled attitudes and behaviors which promote the healthy functioning of residents both physically and emotionally.

  • Graduates of the Nursing Assistant program will be able to used effective interpersonal communication skills and apply ethical and legal concepts to the practice related to long term care

First Semester: 7-9 Credits

Grand Total: 7-9 Credits

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