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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) /Nurse Aide Program - Virginia

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) /Nurse Aide Program - Virginia

The Ballad Health Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training/Nurse Aide Program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the state certification examination. This course if offered free of charge to participants.

Class Schedule


Course Requirements 

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of the Ballad Health Pre-Course On-Line Assessment
  • Completion of criminal/health-related board background check
  • Completion of medical screening (Please note: Ballad Health is committed to providing the best possible healthcare to the residents of the region. In support of this, it is the goal of the organization to offer a tobacco-free environment. A nicotine screening will be conducted at the medical screening appointment. A positive nicotine result will exclude an applicant from being considered for the course.)

All requirements MUST BE MET to be accepted into class.

Do I have to sign a contract with Ballad Health for taking the class?

There is no contract requirement to attend this course; however, it is our hope that you consider applying for a CNA position at Ballad Health. A recruiter will be happy to discuss with you employment opportunities within Ballad Health. For questions, contact our Human Resources Department Recruitment line at 1 (866) 894-7761 to speak with one of our recruiters about available job opportunities at Ballad Health. Students will have the opportunity to apply for vacant CNA positions after completing this course.

**Please note that effective 3/1/2013 tobacco users are not eligible for employment with Ballad Health facilities.**

To apply for CNA/Nurse Aide Training

Follow the link below to complete the online application. When the application has been received you will be sent an e-mail acknowledgement with instruction on how to complete the pre-course online assessment. Please note that much of the correspondence for enrollment in this class is via e-mail, so please ensure you enter a working e-mail address carefully.

Certified Nurse Assistant/Nurse Aide (CNA) Application »

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the online pre-course assessment (E-mail instructions will be provided upon receipt of your application submission.)
  3. Complete the background check (E-mail instructions will be provided upon receipt of your application submission. Please Note: You will need to report in person to the Smyth County Community Hospital Human resources office in order to complete this step. You must complete this step with in ten days.)
  4. Wait for a representative of Ballad Health to contact you via e-mail.

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Availability, Course Length & Location


Each class has a maximum of 20 students accepted to class. If more than 20 applicants meet the minimum requirements listed above, the 20 applicants with the top score on the online assessment will be selected to attend class. Completion of the minimum requirements is NOT an automatic acceptance into class. You must wait for the e-mail stating you are accepted to class. Acceptances are not typically sent until approximately 1 month prior to the start of class.

Course Length

This course contains 80 hours classroom time with 40 hours supervised clinical time to follow. Please check the course schedule for upcoming classes. Class days/hours:   4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday for 6 weeks, including 40 hours of clinical (clinical schedules will vary according to the number of students/instructors per class).

Course Location

Course hours will be held at Francis Marion Manor Health & Rehabilitation, located at 100 Francis Marion Lane, Marion, VA 24354, Phone: (276) 378-1800.

Goals & Objectives

  • Describe the changing focus of long-term care to meet the needs of the growing numbers of elderly to ensure quality individualized care.
  • Discuss the different long-term care settings, the rules and regulations that govern these facilities, the services they provide and the role of the interdisciplinary team members that ensure care delivery.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role expectations and duties required of a nurse aide.
  • Competently execute specific performance skills associated with the nurse aide scope of practice and standards of care as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Perform care that thoughtfully considers client individuality and incorporates cultural differences, individualized values, ethnical diversity, developmental and psychological needs.
  • Perform positive actions aimed at protecting and promoting patient/client rights.
  • Demonstrate how to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and caregiver strain and discuss the importance of following correct procedures in reporting.
  • Discuss safety and alternatives to the use of restraints.
  • Provide care that fosters promotion of quality of life to the highest level attainable for the patient/client.
  • Provide client/patient centered care, demonstrating the importance of the family and their impact on promoting the health of the patient/client. 
  • Effectively communicate and efficiently manage conflict with staff, client/ patient, family, and visitors.
  • Determine elimination patterns and responds to elimination needs while ensuring dignity for the patient/client.
  • Balance the art of caregiving with the technical skills necessary to be successful nurse aide.
  • Incorporate clear and accurate communication techniques while coordinating and documenting the care of the patient/client.
  • Demonstrate safe and clinically effective care including infection prevention practices, emergency/disaster response, and chemical/electrical hazards.
  • Provide basic hygiene and personal care needs of clients.
  • Discuss role of the nurse aide in skin care activities with special focus on the prevention of integumentary breakdown.
  • Competently perform, document/record and report vital signs, distinguishing normal from abnormal results.
  • Discuss different pain management techniques and describe the importance of effectively controlling pain to obtain positive patient/client outcomes.
  • Incorporate personal protective and injury prevention strategies into daily activities of care.
  • Prevent injury by utilizing proper body mechanics in all work activities with emphasis on safely moving and positioning clients/patients.
  • Provide individualized care techniques necessary to meet patient’s/clients personal care needs, encouraging independence as possible.
  • Properly demonstrate care and use of assistive, orthotic and prosthetic devices.
  • Document in clinical record, describing accurately, and specific tasks performed with patient/client response.
  • Discuss functions and necessary interventions associated with each of the following systems in regard to disease management and the aging process:  Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Urinary, and Nervous systems.
  • Identify importance of Nutrition, demonstrating correct actions in assisting the patient/client in hydration using proper feeding techniques while incorporating safe strategies for promoting good dietary health.
  • Demonstrate care of the terminally ill patient/client and learn techniques used to better understand and respond to the dying process.
  • Discuss care of the pre and post-operative patient/client.
  • Demonstrate the nurse aide's role in assisting to making the admission, transfer and discharge process a smooth transition for the patient/client and care team.
  • Discuss client’s/patient’s rights, demonstrating the understanding of the uniqueness of the individual in regard to physical, cultural and psychological traits.
  • Attain AHA certification, including understanding and skills demonstration of CPR and FBAO for adults, pediatrics and infants.
  • Understanding of basic medical terminology and common medical abbreviations.
  • Verbalize knowledge of emergency codes and the nurse aide’s response to these codes in providing for patient/client safety.
  • Competently provide care for the cognitively impaired patient/client by seeking to understand behavior and responding appropriately with care methods that reduce effects of impairment.