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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Special Needs Advancement Program


Prepare for your career in this rewarding, high-demand healthcare fieldCNA-professional-badge-icon

Through the University of Central Missouri's Certified Nursing Assistant-Special Needs Advancement certificate program, students are prepared for meaningful and exciting careers in the fast-growing healthcare field. In addition to classroom, lab and on-the-job experiences, students successfully completing the course will receive several industry-recognized certificates. The need for certified nursing assistants is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2026, according to the US Department of Labor, with median annual salary at approximately $27,500. 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   $3,495 Calendar icon  

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Contact hours icon   200 classroom and laboratory training; 160 supervised on-the-job training  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.


Be an essential part of a healthcare team through CNA - Special Needs Advancement Programfemale-healthcare-professional-working-with-client

Learn the skills needed to succeed as a certified nursing assistant while gaining specialized expertise. Students will learn how to care for residents of long-term care facilities as well as patients at hospitals, home and other settings. Specialized training includes working with patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia disorders. After successfully completing the course, students will earn the following state certifications: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Special Needs Assistant, Certified Level 1 Medication Aide and Certified Insulin Administration. Graduates will also receive their Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.


What you will learn

  • Soft skills for overall employment success
  • Basic life support (CPR/AED)
  • Supervised clinical experience at a skilled nursing facility
  • How to assist patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia disorders
  • Communicating with patients with dementia
  • Understanding family issues
  • Drug classifications and their implications
  • Drug administration techniques
  • Medication storage and control
  • Drug reference resources
  • Diabetes treatment and complications
  • Insulin administration and monitoring of blood sugar levels

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