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Certified Nursing Assistant - Mental Health

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Learn skills needed for this fast-growing CNA specialty areaCNA-professional-badge-icon

The University of Central Missouri Certified Nursing Assistant-Mental Health certificate program will prepare you for employment in one of the fastest growing job fields in the nation. The US Department of Labor projects the need for CNAs to grow by 11 percent through 2026, especially considering the increase in our nation’s elderly population. Median annual salary for nursing assistants is close to $27,500. This comprehensive course prepares students to be successful on the job while also providing the knowledge needed to pass recognized certification exams. Through this program, students earn an industry-recognized certificate and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $3,295 Calendar icon  

Classes forming now. Let us know of your interest, and we will keep you informed of all course offerings.

Contact hours icon    280 hours  Prerequesites checklist icon   18 years of age or older; high school diploma or GED; negative TB test; must not be convicted of specified felonies or misdemeanors.


Enroll today in our upcoming course

Begin a rewarding and exciting career and earn valuable certificationsHealthcare-worker-with-female-patient

Students will learn certified nursing skills as well as how to care for individuals with mental health challenges. Through classroom training and clinical experiences, course participants are well-prepared to be responsible for the hands-on care of long-term care facility residents as well as patients at hospital and other healthcare facilities. After successful completion of this course and state exams, students will earn their Missouri CNA Certification and the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification.


What you will learn

  • Soft skills for overall employment success
  • Basic life support (CPR/AED)
  • Supervised clinical experience at a skilled nursing facility
  • Person-centered care and modeling behavior
  • Assessment and positive consequences
  • Stop-redirect-reinforce
  • Principles of behavior management
  • Safety and emergency issues
  • Bipolar and depression awareness
  • How to assist patients with homicidal or suicidal thoughts or history


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