FAQ About Becoming a Nurse Aide
What is a Nurse Aide and what do they do?
A career as a Nurse Aide can be a rewarding and challenging occupation in the healthcare field. Nurse Aides (also often referred to as Nursing Assistants) provide basic care and assist residents with daily activities.
Where do Nurse Aides work?
Upon CNA certification completion, Nurse Aides most often work in nursing care facilities; however, they may also be found working in hospitals, residential care facilities, and with home health care service providers. Graduates who successfully complete the Nurse Aide Program at Valley Training Center will be eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.
What is the employment outlook like for Nurse Aides?
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies (positions that can be filled by Nurse Aides completing their CNA certification) is projected to grow by 15% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.*
Furthermore, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of nursing assistants (positions that can be filled by Nurse Aides) is projected to grow by 9.7% from 2014 to 2024. Employment of orderlies (positions that can also be filled by Nurse Aides) is projected to grow by 8.8% from 2014 to 2024.**
How might I determine if being a Nurse Aide is a good career choice for me?
Nurse Aides provide an essential function in todays healthcare system. Nurse Aides are responsible for providing and assisting with direct patient care. This may include duties such as cleaning and bathing, dressing, taking them to the restroom, turning and transferring patients, listening to patients health concerns and communicating them to a nurse, taking patient vital signs, and serving meals and helping patients eat. There are several important qualities that are important to someone considering a career as a Nurse Aide. These qualities include good communication skills, compassion and empathy, patience and the ability to handle stress, and the ability to meet the physical needs of the position (nurse aides spend a lot of time on their feet and must often be able to lift and turn patients).
Does your program offer Certification?
Certification is not included in the Nurse Aide Program at Valley Training Center, however, graduates who successfully complete our program will be eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Competency Evaluation.
Is Certification required in order for me to obtain a position?
If you wish to obtain employment as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in the State of Michigan, certification/licensure is required. Graduates who successfully complete our program will be eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.
How do I obtain Certification?
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Health Care Services, is responsible for the administration of the state’s nurse aide program. LARA has contracted with Prometric to develop and administer its Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Competency Evaluation Program. You can obtain more information on this process by visiting this link: https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/nurseaide/pages/mi.aspx.
Where do I take my Certification exam?
The State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency (CNA) Evaluation is comprised of two tests: a Clinical Skills Test and a Knowledge Test. When you register for your tests, you will select a regional testing site. The test will be taken at a Prometric Testing Center.
How can I learn more about the certification exam and that process?
The following site provides helpful information regarding the certification process, including a Candidate Information Bulletin that answers many frequently asked questions: https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/nurseaide/pages/mi.aspx
About The Program
What is included in the Valley Training program?
The Nurse Aide Program at Valley Training Center offers 75-hours of combined training (made up of classroom lectures, lab time, and clinical time). We would encourage you to visit the Nurse Aide Training page to learn more about some of the specific topics/skills covered in our Nurse Aide Training program.
How do I register for a class?
You may give us a call at (989) 667-8802 and let us know which Nurse Aide class date you are interested in attending. At that time, we can provide you with additional information. Our office in Bay City is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also check out upcoming class schedules here.
Where and when do you offer classes?
We offer Nurse Aide Training classes throughout the year (usually once per month). Please check our Upcoming Classes page to view schedules. We offer Nurse Aide Training classes in Bay City.
Will I be able to get into any class that you offer?
Not necessarily. We limit our class sizes in order to offer students more individual attention. As a result, we encourage you to register for your class and pay the tuition as soon as you are able in order for us to process your enrollment and reserve you a seat in the class of your choice. Valley Training Center fills classes on a first come first serve basis, and class dates sometimes fill without notification.
When is payment of tuition due?
A deposit is required to process enrollment and reserve a seat in the class of your choice. Tuition must be paid prior to the start of a class
Is there a clinical portion of your program?
Yes, a clinical experience is included in the 75-hour program. Clinical sessions are completed in a long-term care facility under direction of an instructor. NOTE/DISCLAIMER: Some of our facilities require the flu vaccine for entrance to clinical. If students opt not to receive the vaccine, they may be required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided.
Are there any requirements for the program?
Our students will need to provide the following in order to participate in our Nurse Aide Training Program:
- Proof of a negative TB Test
- Uniforms (Scrubs, which can be any color)
- A watch with a second hand
- Comfortable walking shoes (Nurse Aides spend a lot of time on their feet!)
- Gait Belt (Optional)
These items are in addition to the tuition and fees associated with the Nurse Aide Training Program.
Where can I get a TB Test?
You may contact your Doctor’s Office or your local County Health Department. The cost of a TB Test is usually $15-$20 (however, price may vary, depending upon where your test is performed).
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited February 15, 2016).
**Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014) and Orderlies (SOC Code: 31-1015), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).