CNA Classes in Chattanooga, TN

Becoming a CNA isn’t just about providing basic patient care. CNA job duties may include serving meals and feeding patients, taking and recording vital signs, observing changes in the patients’ condition, and reporting to a registered nurse or a physician as a part of a healthcare team.

In Chattanooga and the surrounding metropolitan areas, there are only about 2,700 nursing assistants. This is an estimated population of over 170,000 – 686 percent denser than the state’s average population density. The median age is only 37, three percent lower than the state average but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a demand for CNAs in the area. The city’s population density is quite high but the population did not change much between 2010 and 2015. According to a people in group quarters survey in 2010, there are more than 1,000 individuals living in regular nursing and skilled nursing facilities. About 600 individuals live in communities for adults, 500 in non-institutional facilities, and 82 individuals staying in hospitals and do not have permanent homes. Chattanooga is actually number 50 on the list of “Top 101 Cities with the Largest Percentage of People in Long-Term Care.”

In the next decade, not only Chattanooga but the entire state would need more healthcare workers, especially CNAs.

NHC Healthcare

NHC is dedicated to providing high-quality care and rehabilitation. The 180-bed licensed health facility boasts of skilled staff and fast rehabilitation time. The facility offers outpatient and home care services with the participation of coordinators that plan for patient care and support for the family. A supporter of The Foundation for Geriatric Education and the National Health Foundation, NHC gives importance to their skilled staff and to the quality of training that they get.

CNAs are an important part of NHC’s health team. NHC taps CNAs skills for basic nursing care, personal care to patients under rehabilitation, and dementia care. The training is state-approved is and patient-centered. It is open for both high school and college-level students aiming for the CNA state certification exam.

Applicants are required to be literate in English, has basic numeracy and mathematics skills, has a clean criminal background record, has a recent negative TB skin test result, had undergone a physical exam and is deemed physically fit, and has a calm and positive attitude amidst stressful situations.

The training is for free. Students only need to spend on uniforms. Upon completion of the program, graduates may qualify to become a part of NHC’s health team.

Contact NHC by phone (423-624-1533) or visit their website for more information.

Miller-Motte College

There are six career paths to choose from in Miller-Motte College: Beauty and Wellness, Business, Legal & Protective Services, Technology, Skilled Trades, and Healthcare. For each career path, Miller-Motte provides flexible programs that help students find success in their chosen career.

The Nursing Assistant training program is one of the college’s purely on-campus programs. The focus of the program is to develop clinical and personal care skills needed in working with a healthcare team in different healthcare settings. Students should be able to understand medical terminology, properly communicate with patients, safely change the position and transfer patients, record vital signs, and organize tasks and schedule. Other topics discussed in the course include food and nutrition, emergency and safety procedures, rehabilitative techniques, patient rights, legal and ethical considerations, death and dying.

The program duration is six weeks (around 120 hours), after which students will receive a Certificate of Completion. The admission process is the same with other campuses.  There will be a personal interview and a Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE). Those who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be waived from the SLE exam. Applicants that did not have prior degrees need to present a high school diploma or GED certificate. Background checks are part of the admission requirement but drug tests may or may not be required by externship institutions later on in the program.

The cost of the program is $700 but there is also an additional cost for the textbook(s), uniform, equipment, and CPR certification. The Nursing Assistant training program is not regulated by ACICS so it is not eligible for Title-IV provisions.

Miller-Motte offers a Lifetime Career Assistance for all graduates.

Contact Miller-Motte Chattanooga by phone (423-414-3247) or visit their website for more information.

Health Careers Training Center

The Health Careers Training Center is located in Uptain Road, Chattanooga. The center aims to fill the community with well-trained CNAs. Their three-week CNA program that is approved by the Tennessee Department of Health and has day and evening class options. The program is divided into classroom lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and clinical experience at a skilled nursing facility. Topics in the syllabus include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical considerations, hygiene, proper patient positioning and transfer techniques, rehabilitative techniques, emergency and safety procedures, and resident rights.

Admission requirements include high school diploma, a clean criminal record, negative drug test result, and a negative TB test result. The center assures that the tuition fee is affordable and that there are flexible payment plans available. There are only limited slots for each batch of classes.

Contact the Health Careers Training Center by phone (423-892-3848) for more information.

Here are some healthcare facilities that are approved by the Tennessee Department of Health to offer CNA classes:

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation (Tuition and Licensure Fee Reimbursement)

One Siskin Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Tel.: 423-634-1200

Health Care Center at the Standifer Place

2626 Walker Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Tel.: 423-490-1599

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