Texas CNA Programs
Certified nurse assistant (CNA) programs in Texas are mainly available as certificate programs offered through community colleges. CNA training generally covers basic responsibilities, from patient care to equipment monitoring, as well as related topics, such as patient rights and medical terminology. Studies in a CNA certificate program are typically conducted through classroom instruction as well as clinical experiences. Graduates are prepared to take state certification exams.
Details about two Texas colleges and the CNA programs they offer are found below. Information covered includes curricula details and program duration. Find facts about each of these schools in the table at the bottom of this article.
- El Paso Community College, with a main campus located 8 miles to the east of downtown El Paso, offers a 7-week nursing assistant course in the Health and Fitness division of its Continuing Education department.
- Laredo Community College, a 2-campus institution located in the southwest part of the state, provides a certificate-level CNA program at its downtown campus.
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Comparison of Schools
Consider all factors of a school before choosing a CNA program in Texas. Read the table below to find statistics about these two schools, including student population, retention and graduation rates, tuition costs and campus settings.
|El Paso Community College||Laredo Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||28,308*||8,307*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$2,386 (in state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||85%*||90%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016)||N/A (open admissions policy)*||N/A (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||62%*||63%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||13%*||20%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
El Paso Community College
El Paso Community College, with the help of state funding, admitted its first students in September 1971 and became fully accredited in 1978. Beginning with 901 students during its first year, the school now enrolls more than 30,000 students. The Continuing Education's Health and Fitness Division offers a 7-week nursing assistant course.
Nursing Assistant Course
The nursing assistant course comprises 240 hours of classroom instruction and clinical practice. Classroom topics cover safety procedures, communication practices and patient rights. Supervised by medical staff, students learn to bathe, dress, feed and care for patients, as well as check supplies, monitor vital signs and handle equipment. Prospective students must have current first aid and CPR certifications, submit to health and background screenings and acquire liability insurance before clinical practice. Students are expected to take the state's nurse aide competency exam at the conclusion of the course.
Laredo Community College
Laredo Community College originated in 1849, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state. The college comprises the South Campus and the Fort McIntosh Campus, and the latter offers a nurse assistant program.
Nursing Assistant Certificate
The 16-week nurse assistant certificate program prepares students to take the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities certification exam. The program teaches how recognize and record abnormal symptoms and signs and provide supportive activities for nursing and other hospital staff. Students can learn basic sanitation procedures, communication skills, nursing methods and medical terminology. Accredited by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the program involves group discussions, classroom lectures and clinical lab practices.