CNA Classes in Peoria, AZ

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is just the beginning. CNAs can pursue higher education in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse (RN), Physician’s Assistant and even as a Doctor. The training, especially the job experience as a CNA can provide a solid grounding for other careers in the healthcare industry.

According to a 2016 data from the Arizona Board of Nursing, 86 percent of the 4,216 first-time testers passed the written portion of the state CNA exam. But only 79 percent passed the skills portion of the exam. Skills are really important for CNAs, especially clinical skills. So aside from the curriculum and the available facilities, it is important to look for CNA training programs that offer extensive skill training.

East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)

EVIT is a Joint Technical Education District (JTED). It’s the first JTED in Arizona. The main goal of EVIT as a public education system is to provide training opportunities for high school students and even adults. EVIT has campuses within the Maricopa County, serving students attending high schools in the East Valley school district. High school students starting from 10th grade can attend half-day classes at EVIT’s campus.

The Nursing Assistant training program is a part of the High School & Daytime Programs. The program is for two semesters. In the first semester, students will learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, taking vital signs, personal hygiene, human reproductive system, diet and nutrition, and patient care. Students will also receive CPR training. The second semester is dedicated to clinical experience in different settings.

Classes are held at EVIT’s East Campus Mondays through Fridays. Students can choose the morning session beginning at 8:05 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. or the afternoon classes from 12:05 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. as their schedule permits. There are limited slots for the adults and they may only be able to take evening classes depending on the availability.

Admission requirements include immunization records, recent negative TB skin test, and a clean criminal record. Additionally, adults attending high school programs are required to present a DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card. There would be random drug tests. Once enrolled in the program, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. Students especially need to commit a lot of time for clinical experience since the availability of the clinical sites can vary and there are possibilities of weekends and extended sessions.

Only the adults are required to pay a tuition fee. There are additional fees, mostly the cost of equipment and supplies. There is also a membership fee for the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Contact EVIT by phone (480-461-4013) or visit their website for more information about the availability of CNA classes for adults.

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