CNA Classes in Alabama
Alabama Certified Nurse Assistant Training Programs
Currently, there are about ten different formal Alabama CNA training programs available. These programs are generally offered through community and technical colleges, although state universities and online schools may also provide them. Most likely, programs will comprise of at least 120 hours in classroom academic courses and 40 hours of hands-on clinical experience in a health care facility. School-related programs are at least one semester in length and grant a certificate of completion upon graduation. For the best results, students are encouraged to research schools in Opelika, Muscle Shoals, Opp, Jasper, Decatur, Gadsden, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa. However, some employers will hire nurse assistants then sponsor educational training within the medical care facility where employed.
Since CNA training programs in Alabama will prepare students to take the CNA competency examination, curriculum will typically revolve around both classroom-based nurse theory instruction as well as clinical nursing skills. Classes in nursing theory will tackle aspects in nursing such as: accident prevention, roles and responsibilities of nurse assistants, the promotion of health and safety, medical terminology, health maintenance techniques, emergency procedures, physical and psychological problems and conditions, infection control, age-related changes, patient rights and communication, and legal and ethical awareness. In terms of learning and performing specific clinical nursing skills, students can expect instruction in patient care regarding: hand washing, individual care, bed pan accommodations, catheter use, monitoring blood pressure and other vital signs, dressing, feeding, positioning/transferring, mouth/hair/nail care, proper measuring techniques, and recordkeeping methods.
Through either online or campus based programs, aspiring C.N.A.s in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville, Alabama may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center East and Dekalb Regional Medical Center.
For all other questions, please contact:
Alabama Department of Public Health
P.O. Box 303017
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
(334) 206-5300 (phone)
(334) 206-5219 (fax)