In a May 2014 report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the Median Annual Salary for Nurse Assistants as $26,250. CNAs on the lower end of the percentile earn approximately $21,340 annually, while more experienced CNAs earn $36,170. The job outlook and the salary projections are good news for individuals seeking to begin careers in healthcare. The aging population and the need for in-home care and long-term care drives the demands for nurse assistants, home health aide, orderlies and other direct care professionals. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) oversees nurse aide training and competency programs. After completing 30 hours of classroom training and 75 hours of clinical rotation and passing the state competency exam, graduates move on to entry-level careers in hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, and other medical settings.
RESQ South Bend Training Facility
Complete the Certified Nursing Aide Program at RESQ in just 4 weeks (for daytime students) or 5 weeks (for evening students). Applicants must submit a general school or sports physical, provide results of a criminal background history check, and submit results of a two-step TB test by the first day of classes. The clinical sessions at Greenwood Meadows commence the second week of classes. Both classroom and clinical sessions prepare students for success on the Indiana State Certification Exam for Nurse Aides to begin employment at long-term care facilities, hospitals and assisted living facilities. The course fee of $799 covers registration, tuition, AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers, textbooks, workbooks, study materials, and gait belt. Students must cover the costs for uniform, TB test, physical exam, and the criminal background check. Only students who attend all classes and clinical sessions on time will be eligible for graduation. A tuition payment plan is available for all students. The course registration fee is non-refundable.
- Website: https://resqtraining.com/cna/
- Address: 535 West Edison Road #5, Mishawaka, Indiana
- Phone: (317) 786-7260
- Email: [email protected]
Bethel College Indiana
The Nurse Aide training program at Bethel College Indiana is 5 to 7 weeks, depending on the class size. The first two weeks in the classroom spans 32 hours of training where students learn basic nursing principles, infection control, law and ethics, patient hygiene, medical terminology, and patients’ rights. The last 80 hours of training (3 to 5 weeks) take place in a licensed nursing facility where students provide direct care services under a nurse’s supervision. Requirements for entry include a criminal background check, health form and immunization requirements, copy of state-issued ID, copy of CPR card, and success on a basic math and reading test. Admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis – enrollment closes after the first 20 students complete the registration requirements. The course fee is $975 including textbook and workbook, stethoscope, 2 sets of scrubs, and the CNA testing fee. Graduates are eligible to take the nurse aide competency evaluation for state certification.
- Website: http://www.bethelcollege.edu/about/professional-development/
- Address: 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545
- Phone: 574.807.7000
- Toll-Free: 800.422.4101
Elkhart Area Career Center
The CNA Preparation class at Elkhart Area Career Center adheres strictly to the State of Indiana’s curriculum. Students who embark on the exciting journey to become an entry-level health professional will complete the training in one semester and earn 8 college credits at Ivy Tech Community College or Baker College. Course instructors emphasize compassionate care in both the classroom and clinical components of the training. Class topics include CPR, dementia, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, food and nutrition, laws and ethics, the role of the nursing assistant and bioethics. During several internship opportunities in the community, students put their knowledge to work, delivering hands-on care to patients in long-term care facilities. Graduates are prepared to take the Indiana State CNA certification exam and also earn Dementia Care Certification through John Hopkins University.
- Website: http://elkhartareacareercenter.businesscatalyst.com/cna-preparation.html
- Address: 2424 California Rd, Elkhart, IN 46514
- Phone: (574) 262-5880 ext 2030
Legacy CNA Training
Formerly, Michiana Healthcare Training, Legacy CNA Training, offers several advantages over other South Bend training providers. The accelerated 3-week training option prepares students for employment sooner than other programs. Employers at long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers visit the school’s campus regularly to recruit program graduates. The flexible class schedules include a daytime option where students spend one week in the classroom followed by two weeks at the clinical site. Evening classes are six weeks’ long, covering two weeks in the classroom and four weeks at a clinical site. New classes begin every three weeks. A comprehensive review session a day prior to the state exam helps to increase students’ success rate. With a 99% pass rate, Legacy’s track record speaks for itself. Requirements for enrollment includes a criminal history check, physical exam, and TB test. Students must wear scrubs and white tennis shoes to classes. Legacy CNA Training accepts WorkOne vouchers and offers other tuition assistance options to qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.legacycnatraining.com/contact-us/
- Address: 922 E Wayne St, South Bend, IN 46617
- Phone: 1-574-239-8973
- Fax: 1-574-239-0003
- Email: [email protected]