The CNA Training Academy exists to fulfill two needs: (a) to provide students with the high level of training necessary to provide excellent care to long-term care residents, and (b) to provide the member companies of Senior Care Network, and other long-term care companies, a supply of highly skilled and well-trained Certified Nursing Assistants.

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The goal of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program at the CNA Training Academy is to prepare students to fulfill the duties of a CNA.  After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Communicate and interact effectively with residents and their families, with sensitivity to the psychosocial needs of residents.
  • Assist residents in attaining and maintaining maximum functional independence.
  • Protect, support and promote the rights of residents.
  • Provide safety and preventive measures in the care of residents.
  • Demonstrate skill in observing, reporting and documentation.
  • Function effectively as a member of the health care team.

The content of the CNA Training Academy program is consistent with the training requirements established by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  Specifically:

  1. Describe the functions of body systems appropriate to the nursing assistant scope of practice.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibility of nursing assistants including ethics, communication, legal responsibilities, abuse laws, and the State of Missouri Regulations.
  3. Demonstrate professional communication skills including recording and reporting, and legal and ethical responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrate safety and infection control practices that comply with standards of practice for nursing assistants.
  5. Understand Human Anatomy and Physiology.
  6. Define common medical terms and abbreviations used in health care.
  7. Understand observations, reporting, charting on medical records.
  8. Understand the needs and behaviors of residents in Long Term Care settings.
  9. Understand the Elderly.
  10. Safety in Long Term Care settings.
  11. Understand the importance of Long Term Care food service, nutrition, serving and feeding, observe, measure and record fluid input and output.
  12. Demonstrate how to provide personal Care, including oral care, hair care, nail care, perineal care.
  13. Demonstrate and understand Elimination and Restorative Nursing.
  14. Demonstrate how to perform special clinical procedures, including admission, discharge, transfers, height, weight, oxygen therapy, and end of life care.

If you are currently employed by a member company of Senior Care Network please see the section below titled “Employees of Senior Care Network Companies”.

If you are not employed by a member company of Senior Care Network, the information regarding your Tuition and Expenses is as follows:

There are three different fees associated with the CNA Training Program:

  1. Application Fee – $50 must accompany each application, prior to that student’s application being reviewed.  The application fee is intended to cover the drug screening, background check, and administrative time associated with processing the student’s application.    In the event that the prospective student is not admitted to the program a full refund of the application fee will be made, less the fees associated with the FCSR screen ($11.00) and drug screen ($22.00).
  2. Tuition – The cost of tuition for either the daytime or evening program of the CNA Training Academy shall be $950.  This is the cost of the classroom instruction and clinical instruction only.
  3. Supplies/Materials – Students will be required to obtain/possess the following items for use in class prior to the start of the second day of classroom instruction
  • Uniform – the cost for this will be approximately $40, and must be purchased from the CNA Training Academy
  • Wrist watch, with a sweep second hand – student must provide
  • A working, high-quality stethoscope – available for purchase from CNA Training academy, if needed.  Approximate cost = $20
  • Gait belt – available for purchase from CNA Training academy if needed. Approximate cost = $15
  • White shoes, with closed toe and heel.  Athletic shoes are acceptable, provided that are at least 90% white in color.
  • Text book – “Nurse Assistant in a Long-Term Care Facility (CNA)” – must be purchased from the CNA Training academy. Approximate cost = $40.
  • I.D. Badge – Student ID badge must be worn during all classroom and clinical sessions.  This will be provided by the CNA Training Academy on the first day of classroom instruction.

Payments for the application fee, tuition, and supply items to the CNA Training Academy can only be made by the following methods:

  • Cash
  • Certified check, payable to “Senior Care Network”

The tuition payment must be received no less than seven days prior to the first scheduled day of classroom instruction.

Payment for supplies/materials must be made upon delivery of the respective items to the student.

For information about receiving reimbursement of the Tuition and Expenses, please see Page 16 of the Student Handbook.

Should an employee of a Senior Care Network Member company wish to enroll in a CNA Training Academy program, that student will receive a discounted tuition rate of $600 upon providing proof of employment at that SCN member company to the Program Administrator. Additionally, since the employee will already have successfully completed the FCSR and Drug Screens as a condition of their employment, this portion of the application requirement shall be waived, and payment of the Application Fee will not be required. All other Program Fees and costs will remain as above

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