Yuut Elitnaurviat, in collaboration with YKHC, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus (KuC), has been offering Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) courses during the Fall 2013 semester—approximately five weeks of intensive studying and on-the-job training.
Participants who have taken the class said that it is a great opportunity. Bethel resident Marilyn Saddler said, “One has to be serious about the intensive time commitment. We had to cover 52 chapters in our coursebook over the course of four weeks.”
Kristy Evans, another CNA student, said, “during our rotation in the hospital’s north wing, we are working from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The only time I spend with my kids is three hours in the evening. In the end it is worth it because of the intense level of study [it takes] to obtain certification.”
Another student, Kathleen David, explained, “when you take the exams, it reflects how much time you actually spent trying to learn it. Study hard and take it seriously.”
Due to the partnership with KuC, students can earn nine college credits by taking the course, and the total course fee is only $75. The primary cost to the student is the time and effort they must put into the class; the reward is earning a statewide certification that almost guarantees them a job.
For more information, contact Jeremy Osborn, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-543-0996