Nursing Assistant/TMA Training
CNA Preparatory Training
- I. Course Work- Lecture, Quizzes, Test
This course is fast paced. Students are expected to complete all coursework and videos assigned for the week. In addition, they will be required to meet with their instructor in small groups via ZOOM. All coursework will be completed through D2L Brightspace, an online platform. Students will be required to complete the lecture videos; skill videos and takes quizzes and tests through D2L. Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet. The coursework cannot be completed on a mobile device.
- II. Class Pace
This course will complete two units each week:
- Week One: Unit 1 Introduction & Unit 2 Basic Needs
- Week Two: Unit 3 Communication & Unit 4 Safe and Clean Environment
- Week Three: Unit 5 Vital Signs and Measures & Unit 6 Personal Cares
- Week Four: Unit 7 Activities and Exercise & Unit 8 Foods and Fluids
- Week Five: Unit 9 Elimination and Unit 10 Caring for Residents
- Week Six: Unit 11 Orientation for the Work Environment and Test Prep
- III. Zoom Meetings
Zoom sessions will be scheduled each week as determined by your instructor. Sessions will be small group and will focus on understanding and skills. Students will demonstrate skills to instructor and class during the Zoom sessions. Zoom meetings will be recorded and posted on the D2L page upon completion. For this portion of the course, students will need a camera on their computer, or a mobile device can be used to access Zoom sessions. These virtual meetings will focus on skills development, and will be a minimum of 16 hours in total.
- IV. Resources
Text: Assiting in Long-Term Care, 6th or 7th Edition, Delmar
- V. Requirements
This course meets the State of MN requirements for Certified Nursing Test Preparation. We will require that students complete all modules and sessions to meet their state mandated hours.
Nursing Assistant Certification Exam (Test Out)
Ridgewater College hosts CNA test out’s on both of our campuses, in Willmar and Hutchinson, MN. Tests are scheduled on a monthly basis on each campus. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is open to students from Ridgewater’s prep class, students from other area training programs and courses, and students who are challenging the exam.
Trained Medication Aide (Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel)
This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become Trained Medication Aides.
This state-approved course includes:
- laws and regulations
- rules for administering medication
- new medications
- common side effects and adverse reactions
This course is designed for unlicensed personnel employed in facilities relating to long-term care, assisted living, home care, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and the department of corrections.
Note: Manual and book is included and will be distributed by the instructor on the first day of class.