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In the Small Learning Community, Health Careers, there is a four year long program called Certified Nursing Assistant or otherwise known as CNA. The purpose of this program is to prepare students that aspire to become Nursing Assistants, and prepare them for college. During these three years, students begin to practice hands-on training with mannequins available for them. This program beings in freshman year with the Health Core class. Then, in Sophomore and junior year, students begin taking Advanced Health Care. Before entering Senior year, Juniors must receive a letter stating that they form part of this program; their acceptance depends on the overall grade each student has in their classes.
This program allows them to work with Registered Nurses with CTE licenses and that are recommended by the DOE (Department of Education). However, in junior year, students learn the skills needed to become a nursing assistant such as learning how to shower and feed a patient. In their senior year, students take a prometric test, which is held out of school, that consists of 60 multiple choice questions and 3 skills test; one measurement, one activity, and one personal care skill.
Before taking this test, students are able to experience a real life experience with people that obtain a malpractice license. Every week, a group of 10 students with a nurse visit the nursing home to have a hands-on training with people. The requirements are 108 class hours and 108 clinical hours so the students that do not go to the nursing home, have the ability to gain the class hours that they need. “We go to a nursing home where there are real people who have real diseases”, states Sierra Seeramsingh, a participant of the CNA program. “In Health Sciences, we do both the books and hands-on and that’s what allows us to qualify to take the Certified Nursing Assistant test at the end of the year to be able to work in college if you pass” states student Rosa Yegoryan, also a participant of the CNA program.
One of the teachers, Mrs. Zimmer started this program within this SLC and has been doing this program for over 20 years. However, after her time at Hillcrest, she has decided to retire. “I just want to say thank you for all her help, everything that she did for us will not be forgotten.” says student Rosa Yegoryan. Mrs. Zimmer also started HOSA or Health Occupations Students of America. This is a program where students go and compete and test their nursing skills. Last year, they won first place in Nursing Assistance. Another teacher, Ms. Utke, takes the students to clinics. She is a registered nurse and obtains a malpractice license.
By senior year, there are only 20 students in the program from all the students that were eligible to be in this program. The future members of this program will be taking the prometric test soon (find date!) and to them the best of luck!
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