Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
The Kodiak College CNA course is taught in a supportive, professional university environment. Classroom learning is then developed through practical skill building within community health care facilities.
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Students who successfully complete the CNA program will gain the following knowledge and skills:
Students interested in becoming a CNA need to apply for the program each fall semester. See the current CNA application for details.
A minimum of 140 hours are required for course completion. The required hours are divided as followed: 80 hours of supervised clinical experience and 60 hours of classroom instruction.
The 80 hours of clinical experience will be a combination of weekdays, weekends and some additional evenings. A completed curriculum and breakdown of hours will be available to students once registration for the CNA course has been approved.Students accepted into the CNA program will take a 7 credit course called HCA A105 Certified Nurse Aid which is divided into lecture and clinical experience.
The Kodiak College CNA program prepares the student to assist patients with health care needs under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurse in various health care settings.
In Alaska, CNAs earn an average hourly wage of $14.36, and have an average annual salary of $29,870.
According to Alaska Economic Trends (October 2012) Health care is projected to lead job growth in the state of Alaska with a projected growth of 31 percent.
There are currently many jobs for CNAs in Alaska – approximately 80 openings a year – and this occupation is expected to continue to grow.
A Certified Nursing Assistant has the skills to help patients with everyday needs such as bathing, eating and changing dressings.