Compassion draped in scrubs.
When a loved one needs care and treatment, a nurse assistant is often the first friendly face a patient will see. The Eastland-Fairfield State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA) program is designed to prepare learners to treat, comfort, and care for another. In just 3-4 weeks, students will become ready for the State Nurse Aide test so that they may begin making a difference in their careers and in the life of their patients.
A need for care
The demand for in-home or long-term residential care continues to grow as our population ages. Begin your journey in the medical field by immersing yourself in the basics of healthcare. Students will study in the areas of: infection control, safety and emergency procedures, promoting resident independence, resident personal rights, basic restorative services, nurse assisting terminology, procedures, and technical information, as well as honing their communication and interpersonal skills.
The beginning of a meaningful calling
The world of healthcare is vast with opportunities, and obtaining your STNA certification may be the first step in your journey. After students successfully complete the program they may sit for the competency evaluation test. Many program completers that pass their competency evaluation test continue their education in pursuit of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) certificate, expanding their site and patient care opportunities and as a result, growing their earning potential.
A future worth investing in
The reward for your selfless decision to care for others can be multiplied even further. Once you complete the STNA program, remain open to enrolling in Eastland-Fairfield’s new LPN program which can take your medical care career to another level. By pursuing the STNA and LPN programs through Eastland-Fairfield you will have garnered the knowledge and experience to work in hospital settings, long-term residential care, become a traveling nurse, or other premier health care settings … and all within one year.
All necessary technology is provided to students in each classroom and lab during normal class hours. Students who wish to access school resources outside of normal class hours will need access to the internet and a personal device.
Students must be 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or GED/HSE equivalent, and pass a BCI background check prior to registering.
Students must provide proof of the following immunizations at their enrollment appointment:
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) - must have received 2 vaccines
Varicella (Chickenpox) Tetanus or Tdap - vaccine must not be older than 10 years or expire during enrollment
Hepatitis B titer test - indicating immunity
Influenza (flu) vaccine
Students must receive a 1-Step Mantoux Tuberculin skin test for tuberculosis screening. The injection and reading must be documented by the healthcare professional providing the service. If you have tested positive in the past, a chest x-ray will need to be completed with negative results documented by the healthcare professional providing the service. All TB screening documentation must be submitted to Student Services PRIOR to attending new student orientation.
The WorkKeys® Assessment is administered as part of the registration process. Each assessment is scored individually on a possible range of < 3 to 7 and must score a minimum of 3 in each area. Students will complete the following sections: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents. A non-refundable $75 registration fee will be assessed for an appointment to complete the WorkKeys® assessment.
Cost per clock hour: $15.89
*costs are subject to change for the 2023-24 school year