As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you will offer patients compassion and patience while assisting them with day-to-day life tasks such as dressing, bathing, and feeding. CNAs enjoy solid job security and frequently work a flexible schedule. Typical work environments include long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and home health care. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage of a Certified Nursing Assistant in Las Vegas is $35,390 (May, 2017*). This number is projected to rise as the need for CNAs in Southern Nevada outpaces most other careers.
While in school, you will be instructed on a broad range of subjects, including infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, safety and emergency procedures, personal care skills, psychosocial needs, basic restorative services and skills, basic nursing skills, quality improvement and more. The Perry Foundation Academy of Health’s CNA program is 96 hours and takes four weeks to complete, preparing you to take the Nevada State Board of Nursing exam. You are placed in a clinical setting for 32 of those 96 hours to practice skills learned in the classroom.
Entrance Requirements and Pre-requisites
Persons wishing to enroll in the Perry Foundation Academy of Health CNA Program must be 18 years of age and show proof of high school diploma or equivalency, complete the enrollment agreement and interview with the school’s Academic Director or Program Director. This process ensures each prospective student is capable of completing the program and understands the admission requirements.
Background checks and drug screens are a requirement of the program. If a student declines, or if the background or drug screen is unsatisfactory to the Perry Foundation or clinical training sites, the student will not be permitted to participate in the program. Students are admitted to the program, subject to the results of the background check and drug screen. Additionally, a valid Healthcare Provider CPR card (BLS) is also required in addition to documentation of your current immunization status is required.
Tuition for the Nurse Assistant Training Program is $2,100 and includes your textbook & workbook as well as one set of scrubs to be worn during clinicals. Additional fees related to your licensing once the program is completed are not included.