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CNA Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in the Ballad Health Nurse Aide Training Program.
Enrollment for the upcoming classes are continuing with some variations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is a slightly longer time frame for responses to applications due to workplace changes to comply with social distancing. Applicants will be contacted via the email address on the application within 1-3 business days of application submission. While it our hope that the May classes for both Tennessee and Virginia will begin as currently scheduled, if any changes need to be made to our program schedule, communication will be sent to all applicants via email. Please add CNAProgram@balladhealth.org to your contacts list to ensure receive all communications for next steps.
Our staff are working hard to answer all questions and update our practices during this unprecedented time.
Please continue to follow recommendations from CDC and community leaders regarding safe practices of handwashing, social distancing, and staying home.
Is there a charge for the CNA class?
No, there is no charge for the Certified Nurse Assistant / Nurse Aide class.
You will be required to purchase student liability insurance before you may attend clinical hours, which will be reimbursed after you complete the course and return the loaned textbook.
Where are classroom hours held?
Classroom hours are held in various locations, depending on which class you apply to.
Market Street Centre
1106 West Market St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
Indian Path Conference Center
2000 Brookside Drive
Kingsport, TN 37600
Greeneville Community Hospital - West
401 Takoma Avenue
Greeneville TN 37743
Bristol Regional Medical Center
1 Medical Park Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620
2421 N. John B. Dennis Highway
Kingsport, TN 37660
Where are the clinical hours held?
Clinical rotations and locations are determined at the beginning of each class.
The first 16 hours of clinical must be completed in a long-term-care setting, which will be at Wexford House.
The last 24 hours of a clinical rotation can then be completed at a Ballad Health hospital.
Can I choose which hospital I want to do clinical in and which days?
Clinical rotations are determined based on the whole class’s needs for location and days. A clinical instructor must be present with a student when in clinical. Days, locations and instructor are coordinated by the lead instructor and coordinator based on input from students and instructors on the first day of class.
Are we really in class 6 full weeks?
The first 2 weeks of a full-time class (Monday through Friday) are in the classroom. Then you will have a clinical rotation of 5 eight-hour days based on the needs of all students in that class session.
If you are not attending clinical on a day, you will not be in class that day. We have the students return to the classroom setting after clinical is complete to prepare for the state certification exam.
If I miss a day can I make it up?
It is sometimes possible to make up minimal classroom hours (for example, if you’re late one day due to a doctor’s appointment).
However, to meet the minimum requirements of the program for the state, the student must attend 60 hours of classroom time and 40 hours of clinical.
What if I miss a clinical day?
As noted above, 40 hours of clinical time must be completed to meet the minimum state program requirements.
It may be possible to switch a day early in the rotation; however, we cannot guarantee it will be possible.
If you are unable to complete the 40 hours with the class you are in, you may be able to complete hours with the next class, subject to instructor approval.
What do I wear to class?
You may wear business casual attire (no blue jeans) or navy blue scrubs in the classroom setting.
Navy blue scrubs must be worn in the clinical setting.
Practice in the lab is implemented in the classroom setting. Please wear clothing appropriate for performing skills.
Do I have to take the flu shot or other immunizations?
Yes, if you will be attending clinical hours during the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, or April you must have the flu shot. If your clinical hours fall during any other month (i.e. not in flu season), the flu shot is not needed.
Other immunizations, such as MMR, may be required, depending on recommendations from your physical. It is your responsibility to provide documentation of having any required immunizations before you will be allowed to attend clinical hours.
Can I use my background check or physical from another program?
No, the background check and physical, which includes a drug and nicotine screening, must be completed according to the Ballad Health human resources process.
We do provide you instructions regarding how to complete this in a timely manner, and there is no charge to you.