Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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Award Types: Certificate
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 3 (Certificate)

Do you dream of working in the medical field? The CNA program could be your key to an entry-level position in a rewarding and challenging career field. Not only does it teach the skills needed to be a CNA, it also focuses on the emotional needs of the patient. The class involves lecture and hands-on lab instruction as well as a 16-hour clinical component (clinical time may vary). Emphasis is placed on working with patients in the long-term care setting. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to take the nurse’s assistant certification exam. Students must be at least 16 years old to enroll in classes.

Experience as a nurse assistant supplies a solid background in the patient care area. Many nursing schools strongly suggest that students have work experience as a CNA. Contact Southeast Tech's Admissions office to register for upcoming CNA training.

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This program’s philosophy is to teach “mindful care giving.” Not only does this program teach the skills needed to be a certified nurse’s assistant, it also focuses on the emotional needs of the patient. The class involves both lecture and hands-on lab instruction coupled with 16 hours of clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on working with clients in the long-term care setting. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the nurse’s aid certification examination*.

Program Break Down
60 hours classroom/ lab instruction
16 hours clinical experience

Clinical Experience
Clinical experience will be facilitated at various long-term care facilities in and around the Sioux Falls area.
*Certification testing will be conducted Tuesday evenings and Saturday during the day, the last scheduled day of the course.

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Award Types: Certificate
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 3 (Certificate)

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Sherri Post, RN, MEd, BSN
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Sherri Hoss began teaching health core at Southeast Tech in 2010. Since then she has added roles such as advising the healthcare leadership students and coordinating the certified nursing assistant classes. In the past, Sherri has worked as a nurse in long term care in many different roles. She was Director of Nursing (DNS) for five years with 100 plus employees to supervise and manage. Her long term care center had 94 beds and included a rehabilitation unit, Alzheimer's unit and general long term care. Prior to working as DNS, She was a case manager and a charge nurse. 

She has really enjoyed working with the different health care disciplines. Just because a person is interested in healthcare doesn't mean they just have to be a nurse as each healthcare discipline takes on its own unique role. Sherri believes it takes a highly diversified, skilled team to effectively care for each individual patient.

She is currently working on her doctoral degree from University of South Dakota in Educational Administration in Higher Education.  She is passionate about the various aspects of healthcare and leadership.  She truly enjoys mentoring students as they devise their own personal educational journey.  

Lifelong learning isn't for everyone, but she wants students to have the ability to continue their education if life leads them in that direction. Sherri enjoys teaching online, traditional and hybrid classes. She believes students should collaborate and work together in the learning process. She uses dynamic interactive lectures and group activities to involve students. Learning doesn’t have to be mundane or boring as education can most definitely be entertaining and engaging.

Education: RN, MEd, South Dakota State University, BSN, South Dakota State University
 

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