Nowhere is the Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC) motto "Where Careers Begin" more appropriate than when it applies to the nursing aide program where students are trained to become certified nursing assistants. The health care field is experiencing a strong demand for CNAs.
In addition to being a vital part of the health care community, becoming a nursing assistant provides a solid foundation toward becoming a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse, and is often a prerequisite for those programs.
DMTC recognizes and celebrates the contribution of nursing assistants during National Nursing Assistant Week June 13–20. Nursing assistants are the heart of caring, so please join us in celebrating their contributions in providing quality care to our loved ones. Nursing assistants provide consistent and skilled care, which in turn enhances the feeling of security for the aging or chronically challenged members of our community. They also bring their wisdom, gentle kindness and humor into the lives of those they serve.
Under the direction of nurses, certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, assist patients with daily cares. They help with activities of daily living, which include eating, walking, exercising, bathing, grooming and getting dressed. The CNA keeps track of a patient's vital signs (e.g., temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate) and reports changes in the patient's condition to the nurse. CNAs are employed in home care, hospice, long-term health care facilities, hospitals, clinics and private homes.
Delta-Montrose Technical College offers nursing aide training courses as online-hybrid courses or in-seat. The online program makes use of videos, discussion forums, and other online methods for teaching and interaction with students. It is offered as a hybrid where students practice lab skills on campus one day a week and the theory portion is online as independent study. The online course is six weeks long. The in-seat course is provided monthly. It is a three-week course, Monday through Friday, 8 am-4:30 p.m. Both types of courses provide a three-day clinical experience at a local long-term care facility. Each student will also take health care provider CPR as part of the course. All of the high schools in a tri-county area can participate in secondary semester-long CNA classes. The goal of these courses is to develop the communication skills, observational skills, people skills, and performance skills of students so they can provide patients the highest quality of personalized care.
After students successfully pass their CNA training course, they need to pass the state CNA certification test. This test has both a written or oral portion and a skills portion. In the skills portion of the test, the students must perform a set of random clinical skills. The CNA training program at DMTC provides a lab with mannequins for simulation and the equipment and instruction needed to successfully pass the skills portion of the state test. All instructional material is provided under state guidelines for optimum education.