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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Pathway

Why Certified Nursing Assistant?

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are important members of medical teams of varying sizes, depending upon the place of employment. They typically work alongside doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to deliver and ensure quality patient care. Duties may range from caring for the hygienic needs of patients to preparing patients for various types of therapy to setting up medical equipment. The Certified Nursing Assistant’s job is rarely the same from one day to the next. If you’d enjoy performing a variety of tasks throughout the day – and if you would love working with people – the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program could be your first step toward a rewarding career! This certification is also typically required in order to apply for a Registered Nurse (RN) program of study. Here are some qualities and skills exhibited by successful Certified Nursing Assistants:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Clear communication
  • Precise documentation
  • Ability to follow detailed directions
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to operate some medical equipment
  • Physical stamina

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course of study prepares students with classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences necessary to care for patients in various settings including general medical and surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities, community care facilities for the elderly, and home health care services. Students who successfully complete the pathway will be eligible to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant certification test. In addition to employment opportunities, the certification is required for most applications for nursing schools across the state and for other healthcare programs.

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Certified Nursing Assistant Course Schedule

Introduction to Healthcare Science – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Healthcare Science is a foundations course for the Certified Nursing Assistant Career Pathway. It is appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in the Healthcare Industry. The course will enable students to receive initial exposure to Healthcare Science skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as, ethical and legal responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including medical terminology, microbiology  and basic life support. This course must be taken prior to the students’ senior year. The student must also meet all qualifications and test scores to become a dual enrollment (DE) student with Chattahoochee Technical College prior to senior year. 

Essentials of Healthcare –  2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science
*This course counts as a 4th science credit. Students earning credit in this course alse get an addition unit in Human Anatomy and Physiology.
This class is designed to provide an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the provision of direct client care. Monitoring and evaluating client status includes assessment techniques such as vital signs, as well as, the application of mathematical concepts appropriate to clinical expectations and/or work-based learning. The function and fundamental pathophysiology of each body system is evaluated prior to community first aid and basic life support techniques which are expanded to include rescue skills for infants and children. This course must be taken prior to the students’ senior year. The student must also meet all qualifications and test scores to become a dual enrollment (DE) student with Chattahoochee Technical College prior to senior year. 

Senior Year Dual Enrollment Courses @ Chattahoochee Tech
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science & Essentials of HealthCare

ALHS 1060 – Diet and Nutrition and ALHS 1090 – Medical Terminology
During the student’s senior year, these two Chattahoochee Technical College dual enrollment (DE) courses will be taken one semester  – each course is a 2-hour credit course.

NAST 1100 – Nurse Aide Fundamentals
During the student’s senior year, this Chattahoochee Technical College dual enrollment (DE) course will be taken another semester. The Nurse Aide Fundamentals course includes clinical applications at a healthcare facility.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Certified Nursing Assistant

•    Albany State University
•    Armstrong Atlantic State University
•    Brenau University
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Clark Atlanta University
•    Clayton State University
•    Coastal Georgia Community College
•    Emory University
•    Everest Institute
•    Georgia Medical Institute
•    Georgia Perimeter College
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Medical College of Georgia
•    Medix School
•    Mercer University
•    University of Georgia


HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the US Department of Education and the Healthcare Science Technology Education division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.