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Nursing Assistant (NA) & Home Health Aide (HHA)

Posted on Tuesday June 11th 2013

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Nursing Assistant (NA) & Home Health Aide (HHA)

11/3-12/9, M-Th, 9:00 am-2:30 pm, GCC Downtown Center, No Class 11/25 & 11/26, make-up classes on 12/8 & 12/9, 5 wks1/20-2/19, M-Th, 9:00 am-2:30 pm, GCC Downtown Center, No Class 1/19, make-up classes on 1/23, 5 wks3/16-4/16, M-Th, 9:00 am-2:30 pm, GCC Downtown Center, 5 wks
Instructor: Tripp Memorial Foundation Staff
$1100
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Request information - NA/HHA Program

Admission to our NA/HHA Program requires completion of an application, health forms, CORI check and interview with the program coordinator. Please complete this form to request more information and a return phone call from our coordinator.
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A partnership with Tripp Memorial Foundation

In just five weeks you can have a new career!

The demand for well-trained health care paraprofessionals is growing as the baby boom generation rapidly approaches elderhood.  Many health care providers employ paraprofessionals for additional job support.  Long term care facilities (nursing homes), home health agencies, hospice, assisted living centers, adult day health programs, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and others offer secure employment options with good benefits, flexible hours and career advancement opportunities.

As an NA/HHA you will have the additional satisfaction of making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals for whom you provide care.  Beyond career options, the direct care skills and body of knowledge you will gain through this program will greatly enhance your ability to care for yourself and your loved ones with more comfort and confidence.

This combined training will prepare students for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) American Red Cross-administered certificate exam. Classes are held at Greenfield Community College and Northampton.  Please note, you are NOT certified until you successfully pass the certifying exam. Course costs do not include exam fees. Dates are subject to change and often have a waiting list.

For more information and to receive an application packet, contact Sue Pratt at 413-775-1672.

For information on whether you qualify for any of the assistance programs offered by the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, please contact them at 413-774-4361 or visit their website at www.fhcc-onestop.com

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Why would I want to consider a career as a CNA?

The demand for well-trained health care paraprofessionals is growing as the baby boom generation rapidly approaches elderhood.  Many health care providers employ paraprofessionals for additional job support.  Long term care facilities (nursing homes), home health agencies, hospice, assisted living centers, adult day health programs, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and others offer secure employment options with good benefits, flexible hours and career advancement opportunities.

As an CNA/HHA you will have the additional satisfaction of making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals for whom you provide care.  Beyond career options, the direct care skills and body of knowledge you will gain through this program will greatly enhance your ability to care for yourself and your loved ones with more comfort and confidence.

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Will I need CEUs or re-certification?

Officially, you will need 12 CEU’s per year, but they are tracked through your employer. Re-certification is every two years. This will be covered the first day of class, since it is a little complicated.

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Where do Nurse Assistants work?

NA/HHAs work primarily in long-term care facilities otherwise known as nursing homes. Other common areas are physician’s offices and health centers. Occasionally, graduates find jobs in prisons, schools and hospitals.

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How do I apply?

  • First, call the program coordinator, Sue Pratt at 413-775-1672 and leave your name and phone number to get on the wait list.
  • You will be called back to schedule an interview with the program coordinator prior to the next round of classes.
  • Online registration and payment for NA/HHA classes is not available at this time.

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Are there pre-requisites?

No pre-requisites or GED is necessary. However, applicants are required to participate in a preliminary phone or in-person meeting with the program coordinator.

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Will I earn college credit for this program?

This is a non-credit program. Students will not earn college credit, nor will completion of the program guarantee the award of a certificate. Students must arrange and pay for the certification exam on their own.

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I’ve heard the waiting list is really long. How long is it?

GCC accepts all qualified applicants for its Nursing Assistant program and maintains a waiting list for it.  The length of the wait-list changes at different points in the year.  To get the most up-to-date information, please contact Sue Pratt (413- 775-1672).

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How much does the program cost?

The course is $1,100.00 plus an additional $25.00 for the text book and $93.00 for the certification testing.

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Is there financial aid available?

Pell grants are not available for this program but students may qualify for assistance through the FHRCC. For more information visit www.fhcc-onestop.com or call 413-774-4361
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How long is the program?

Classes prepare you for both a HHA and NA certificate.  Most sessions are 5 weeks long (100 hours total, 80 classroom and 20 clinical).   You are required to attend all scheduled classes to stay in the program. Most sessions are Monday through Thursday 9am-2:30pm and usually an evening program is offered each year.

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How many hours of class are there every day?

Most classes begin at 9am as do most clinical days. Most clinical days are about 4-5 hours. Class days run until approximately 2:30 pm.

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Where are classes located?

Classes are offered either at the Greenfield Community College Downtown Center or at the Hampshire County Career Center in Northampton.

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Where are the clinical experiences located?

Clinical experiences are held at local long-term care facilities. Students should be prepared to drive to clinical assignments in Hadley, Northampton and Greenfield.

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Is there childcare available?

Unfortunately, not at this time. Students will need to make their own arrangements for this. Since attendance at all classes, labs, and clinicals is mandatory, back-up plans for reliable childcare are essential.

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Do I need a TB test or a CORI Check done?

Yes, all students need to be TB tested and CORI checked.

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Do I need to wear scrubs?

Scrubs are required, but there is a “leave one, take one” program, as well as places to purchase them at half price. Your employer will have their own scrubs that they will require you to wear, so we recommend not spending a lot for them at this point.

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What other courses do you recommend that might help me to be successful in the NA program?

While students are waiting to enter the program, they often decide to take additional courses to improve their knowledge base.  Recommended courses include:

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