Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide intimate, hands-on nursing care to patients and residents. A CNA will typically interact with patients more than any other healthcare professional, providing them assistance with things such as: bathing, dressing, taking vital signs, and re-positioning them.
For compassionate and caring individuals looking to get into the medical field, becoming a CNA is a rewarding and logical path. Since the training program takes as little as 4 weeks to complete it allows for a quick entrance into the medical field, and allows each trainee to leave with valuable experience that can be used if expanding into other healthcare professions, such as Nursing.
Petra’s CNA Program is a 90-hour program regulated and approved by the Arkansas Department of Human Services – Office of Long Term Care.
- Must be at least 16 years old.
- Cannot have a disqualifying criminal record. More information regarding disqualifying criminal records can be found here.
Note: Some businesses may not hire individuals under 18 years old and without a High School Diploma/GED equivalency.
|Textbook (may be purchased at school)||$30.00|
|Black Student Uniform (may be purchased at school)||$40.00|
|Written and Clinical Skills Exams for Arkansas State Certification||$85.00|
Where Can I Work?
- Nursing Homes
- Adult Day Care Centers
- Assisted Living Facilities
Get Sponsored! CNAs are in large demand throughout Arkansas, and because of this most nursing homes are willing to pay for the tuition of students that they hire. Luckily the process is an easy 3 step process.
- Ask your potential employer if they will sponsor your CNA training through Petra.
- If sponsored, bring your letter of intent (provided by the employer) during the first week of class (and with it the $85 testing fee will be waived by the State for those sponsored by a Long Term Care Facility/nursing home!).
- Begin class and begin working. Students will be eligible to begin working after the first few days of class. NOTE: Employed students are only able to perform skills that have been satisfactorily performed under supervision of the instructor and marked as complete on the Task Performance Record.
Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for these patients. *
*”Nursing Assistants and Orderlies.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 28 June 2016.