Course Information

Certified Nursing Assistant

TNA’s certified nursing assistant program is based a total of 130 clock hours – 60 hours theory/lecture, 30 hours skills lab and 40 hours clinical. Teaching methodologies include lectures, demonstrations, videos, PowerPoint, handouts, role playing, and pre and post clinical review of experiences. A two hour clinical site orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the commencement of clinical sessions.

At the completion of the program, the graduate is able to do the following:

  • Identify patientcare needs in all age groups.
  • Provide safe, competent care utilizing appropriate
    knowledge, skill and abilities.
  • Communicate with clients, their family members,
    co-workers, and other members of the health care team.
  • Assume acountability and responsibility for nursing
    assistant as a competent health care practitioner.

The school facility will:

  • Provide classroom instruction, laboratory and a laboratory practice area.
  • Comply with all Maryland regulations with respect to fire hazards, healthy, safety, and similar requirements.
  • Provide and maintain a physical location with learning conditions appropriate for the programs of study offered and for the size of the school’s staff and student body.
  • A safe and secure environment for students and staff.
  • Equipment required for instruction will be determined by the occupational objectives, and will be comparable to that found in business establishments offering employment in the occupation for which the instruction is being offered.

All equipment provided will be in good working order and shall be sufficient quantity and quality to meet the maximum authorized enrollment of any class. Clinical instruction is provided in conjunction with classroom theory and laboratory.  The purpose of the clinical experience is to bring the material to its practical application. Each student must demonstrate 100% accuracy of the essential OBRA procedures.

Course Details

  • Understanding the healthcare settings

  • The nursing assistant and the care term

  • Legal and ethical issues

  • Communication and cultural diversity

  • Preventing infections

  • Safety and body mechanics

  • Emergency care and disaster preparation

  • Human needs and development

  • The healthy human body

  • Positioning, transferring, and ambulation

  • Admitting, transferring, discharging

  • Hand Hygiene (Handwashing)

  • The resident’s unit

  • Personal care skills

  • Nutrition and hydration

  • Urinary elimination

  • Bowel elimination

  • Common chronic and acute conditions

  • Confusion, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Mental health and mental illness

  • Rehabilitation and restorative care

  • Special care skills

  • Dying, death, and hospice

  • Caring for your career and yourself