Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is a great entry level position and a fantastic starting point for student who wants to study medicine or nursing while they work. Many students can’t afford to take time out to study after high school resulting in temporary unskilled employment that may leave them stranded in the future. But a few high schools across America have begun vocational education and training at a high school level, including offering the full or even selected units from the CNA training course.
CNA Training in High School
In Houston students at Tomball and Magnolia high schools are now able to dabble and effectively test drive career choices and paths whilst completing their high school diploma. These courses allow students to incorporate vocational and careers orientated training into their diploma and even earn certifications for their areas of interest.
How long has the vocational and CNA training program been running?
The vocational training program has been and immense success and has been running successfully at both Magnolia and Tomball ISD for a number of years but this school year is the first year that Magnolia ISD has run the CNA training and also a Phlebotomy certification course.
Who teaches the course?
As with all certified and accredited courses high school vocation education and training requires a registered nurse or qualified CNA training staff to conduct tutorials. In the case of Magnolia ISD the course is to be taught by a Registered nurse and district teacher in conjunction with an instructor from Lone Star College in Tomball.
What does the CNA training course involve?
The students undertaking this course like other CNA training students outside of high school bridging programs need to complete a series of classroom orientated outcomes as well and practical experience working within the community. The students of Magnolia ISD will be required to complete 40 hours of work placement during their CNA training and this is planned to take place in the local ‘Heritage Manor’ Assisted living facility and other medical facilities, gaining experience in dentistry, community health and residential care.
How do students obtain their CNA training Certification?
After completing the required class work and work placement the student are then required to pass the state standard certification. The Certification that that receive on passing this course is the same as any other CNA training course and students may begin working and making use of their qualification immediately.
What are the benefits of starting your CNA training in high school?
- You have a qualification to enter the workforce with if you choose to leave the education system after high school
- High School Vocational bridging classes are generally cheaper
- You can study further and gain further qualifications in the medical industry whilst working
- You can get at taste for what CNA training and employment is like and decide whether it is the right career path for you
- You generally have access to highly experienced medical training staff and you may be able to forge contacts that could serve you well through your further training.