The following table was adapted from: Red Alert: The Americans with Disabilities Act Implications for Nursing Education (March, 1993).
References: Program Minimum Skills for Eligibility to Participate in Educational Programs and Activities (Medical University of South Carolina)
||Some Examples of Necessary Activities|
||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment
||Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans; calculate medication dosage accurately; evaluate patient responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.|
||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
||Establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, teaching). Function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.|
||Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in verbal and written form.
||Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses. Listen attentively.|
||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range-of-motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination
||Move around in patient's rooms, work spaces and treatment areas. Administer cardiopulmonary procedures. Stand/walk for extensive periods of time.|
| Motor Skills
||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
||Calibrate and use equipment; transfer and position patients; lift 50 pounds.|
| Hearing Ability
||Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
||Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.|
| Visual Ability
||Visual ability (corrected to 20/40) sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing.
||Observe patient/responses, secretions, color. Read manometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.|
| Tactile Ability
||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.
||Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of an IV catheter.|
| Olfactory Ability
||Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety.
||Distinguish smells which are contributory to assessing and/or maintaining the patient's health status or environmental safety (fire).|
|Professional Attitude and Demeanor
||Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health and emotional stability.
||Work under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situation. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.|
Note: Students requiring reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Counseling and Career Development Services, Counselor for Student with Disabilities, at 574.6131.
For additional information, contact TTC Continuing Education Call Center at 843.574.6152 or CE.Reg@tridenttech.edu.
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The Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development’s Nurse Aide Training Program is regulated by the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) perform tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. CNAs monitor and record vital signs and perform personal care skills including bathing, dressing and toileting; assisting with meals; transfers and ambulation; linen changes and room organization; and safety issues following facility policies and procedures.
Certified Nurse Aide Training Program
TTC's Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development offers 130 hours of comprehensive training for individuals with the desire to become certified nurse aides (CNA). Students are required to complete 80 hours of classroom training followed immediately by 50 hours of clinical training. Students must attend the first day of class and the first day of clinical to be eligible to attend the remainder of the program. Students who do not meet this requirement will be eligible to re-register at their own expense for the next available course section. Successful students will receive a Certificate of Completion on the last day of the course. Success is based on attaining a grade of 78% on the final exam and demonstrating competency by correctly performing 5 of 5 randomly chosen skills during the practicum.
Students who successfully complete the CNA training are eligible to sit for the S.C. Nurse Aide Certification Exam administered by the NACES Plus Foundation, Inc., 800.273.3517. (NNAAP - National Nurse Aide Assessment Program). The Application for Examination contains screening questions regarding felon convictions and S.C. Abuse Registry. An answer of "Yes" to either question may result in ineligibility to test for certification. Upon successfully passing the NNAAP testing, students are eligible to receive a TTC CNA lapel pin.
Note: * Health care facilities require a background check prior to the clinical experience associated with the TTC Continuing Education Nurse Aide Program. Convictions other than minor traffic violations may result in the student being unable to attend the clinical experience of the program and unemployable in a patient/resident care role.
||Long-term Care and Home Health, Second Edition by Hartman Publishing (approximately $56) and workbook (approximately $30) available in the TTC Main Campus Bookstore (Bldg. 950), Mabeline Rd.|
||Blood pressure cuff to fit student's arm and stethoscope. Available in TTC Bookstore. Approx. $37. Also available in most pharmacies. |
|Classroom Dress Code
Scrub uniform color of choice with flat, closed-toe shoes.
|Clinical Dress Code
||White scrubs with white nursing shoes, nursing Crocs or white leather shoes and white socks.|
At time of registration students must provide:
- Proof of 10-year clear South Carolina or national background check. * (Not City Police Dept. or County: Must be less than 90 days old)
- Proof of #1 of two required TB test results. See information below under Clinical Requirements ( Must be less than 90 days old). Must show proof of second test prior to starting the first day of clinical.