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Overview

Summary

A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient.

Nursing assistants fulfill basic quality-of-life needs for patients of any age in residential nursing care facilities or outpatient clinics. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced, but the human contact and ability to help those in medical need is a strong motivating factor.

The Lone Star College CNA program will provide the skills, knowledge and abilities essential to providing basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. You will learn about resident’s rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety.

Health Occupations Registration Checklist

Health Occupations Programs have a registration checklist to help students with the program registration process.

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Contact

Please contact Erica Jordan at Erica.L.Jordan@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.2883 for more information.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
NURAC 2100105 Nurse Aide, Certified 64
NURAC 2106003 Nurse Aide, Certified (Clinical) 44
NURXC 7800121 Nurse Aide, Certified (Facilitator Fee)1 (8)
Nurse Aide (CNA) Certificate Total 262

Footnotes

  1. Not part of contact hours for Nurse Aide (CNA) Certificate. Total Cost is $64.

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Career Options

Median Wage: $19,2611

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)2
  • Patient Care Assistant2
  • Patient Care Technician2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Program Cost: $894
Insurance Liability Fee (Fall/Spring/Summer): $12/$8/$0

Note: Financial assistance may be available for eligible students.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.