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M Point Education CNA Course Requirements

Class Outline and Requirements

Theory/Classroom (40 Hours)

The first part of the two-week course is the theory/classroom aspect. This part of the course covers many different elements that will be the foundation of your learning on your path to becoming a CNA. The topics and aspects you can expect to learn during this part of the course include but are not limited to the following.

  • Fundamental concepts include anatomy/physiology, the roles, and responsibilities of healthcare providers, including CNAs, legal issues/scenarios, patient communication, ethics, and more.
  • Safety aspects such as how to help prevent injuries, how to respond to emergencies, and how to help control and stop the spread of infections.
  • Care skills including how to check vital signs, patient hygiene, how to handle admissions/discharges/unit and facility transfers, how to properly handle elimination waste, patient positioning, and more.
  • As a CNA, you will likely encounter a wide range of situations and unique scenarios. Within the theory portion of this course, you will also learn about your role in special situations that may require a unique care approach. These include working with patients with dementia and cognitive changes, end-of-life care, in-home care, and care strategies for specific illnesses.

Lab (20 Hours)

Following the theory portion of the course, there is a lab section where students begin to put their newfound knowledge set to work in a hands-on lab portion. This aspect of the course prepares students by allowing them to test what they have learned. Skills such as vital signs, position/transferring patients, grooming, and hygiene are practiced under a registered nurse’s guidance. Here students must show their ability to perform these tasks safely and accurately before proceeding to the next portion of the NA training.

Clinical Training (20 Hours)

The final part is clinical, where students will complete training in a real-world setting with patients under the supervision of a registered nurse. This portion of the course will take place at a local long-term facility and will be pursued after the successful completion of the theory and lab portions of the course. During clinical, students will put to the test the skills they have acquired and learned in a real-life environment which may include hygiene tasks, taking vitals, positioning or transferring the patient, or a combination of various other skills which will be learned.

Becoming a CNA After Course Completion

Completing the nurse’s aide CNA course offered by M Point Education in its entirety does not provide you with a license to practice as a CNA in Michigan. In order to become certified as a CNA, after completing the course, you must pass both a written and skills test that is administered by Headmaster LLP. You must pass both components of this evaluation in order to receive your CNA certificate and legally be able to pursue work in the field in the state of Michigan. The skills which are tested during the clinical portion of the evaluation are randomly chosen by the evaluating party, so it is essential that you understand how to properly complete all skills covered in the course. Upon completion of the course, you are allowed up to 3 attempts to pass the evaluation within 24 months of course completion. If you fail to pass the certification evaluation within this time frame and allotted attempts, you are required by law to complete another Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) approved nurse’s aide training program prior to attempting the exam again. Testing fees for the two Headmaster administered certification exams are discounted 50% the first attempt at $62.50 a piece and $125 a piece for each subsequent attempt.