Nurse Aide Program Refresh

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Albany, GeorgiaAlbany Technical College (ATC) will hold a special refresh presentation on the Nurse Aide Accelerated program. The event will take place Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nathaniel Cross Health Technology Building (HCT), room 118. Program refreshes are a way that Albany Technical College introduces existing programs to the community with a new perspective and provides fresh energy to the program, imaginably piquing the curiosity of those interested in a new career. Often, technology and instruction may have changed over the years and what is presented is entirely new information to the service area.

"Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks and activities of daily living under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Specific tasks vary, with nurse aides handling many aspects of a patient's care," says Tracey Prince, Albany Technical College Nurse Aide Accelerated Instructor.

The Nurse Aide Accelerated technical certificate of credit is an approved curriculum of 9 credit hours. This certificate will allow students to go directly into the healthcare field, making competitive wages in a short period. Students will complete the Nurse Aide Fundamentals course and have the option of choosing either Introduction to Health Care or Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment (NNAAP) exam and are considered CNAs.

“The country's shortage of trained and qualified nurses has become dire. These first steps for students who graduate as Certified Nursing Assistants open doors and create opportunities. These graduates can start work almost immediately and conceivably while in school. And this also sets the foundation for pathway education opportunities to become a nurse," said Lisa Stephens, Dean of Business and Healthcare Technology at Albany Technical College.

Nurse Aide Accelerated

In just one semester, the Nurse Aide Accelerated program prepares students to provide basic nursing care and to work in acute care and long-term care settings. CNAs perform basic duties for patients, clients, and residents, depending on the type of healthcare facility that employs them. Skills include taking vital signs, dressing, bathing patients, and reporting patient concerns to doctors and nurses. This program is the foundation for higher-level nursing opportunities such as practical nursing and registered nursing. Upon completing the program, students must pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment program exam to become a certified nursing assistant. Students will earn a Nurse Aide Accelerated Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC).

Opportunities For Continuing Education

Students may continue their education by pursuing advanced programs such as practical nursing and registered nursing at Albany Technical College or any schools with current transfer agreements with ATC.

For more information about the Nurse Aide program, contact Tracey Prince at 229.430.2832 or