Providence Vocational School
189 School Street Daly City, CA 94014 | Tel: 650-991-2309 | Fax: 650-991-2047 | pvs189@yahoo.com

                       Program Descriptions

Nurse Assistant Training | Home Health Aide Training | Acute Care Training | CPR-BLS

| Continuing Education Units (C.E.Us)

Each and every course offered is a separate program. Upon completion of the Nurse Assistant Training Program, it is not mandatory for the student to take the Home Health Aide Training Program and the Acute Care Training Program. However, any Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.) who graduated from our institution or from another school and who intends to work in a Certified Home Health Agency has the option to take the Home Health Aide Training Program to become a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA). In addition, any C.N.A. or C.H.H.A. who intends to work in an acute care facility or hospital has also the option to take the Acute Care Training for CNAs. Most acute care hospitals require CNAs to have Acute Care Certificates in addition to becoming CNAs.

The Home Health Aide Training and Acute Care Training Programs are optional classes for additional learning opportunities for those who are already CNAs.

Continuing Education Units(CEUs) are offered to assist CNAs and CHHAs complete their requirements for continued licensure. CNAs and CHHAs may take CEU classes from other schools and from hospitals/facilities that were approved by the California Department of Public  Health .The institution generally provides CEU classes once a week..The scheduled class  is usually equivalent to eight (8) units. One (1) hour of classroom instruction is equivalent to one (1) continuing education unit (CEU). There are different topics discussed in each class and each topic is equivalent to a unit or units as approved by the California Department of Public Health. A CNA/HHA may attend the whole 8-unit session or may attend just part of the class according to his/her needs. For example, a CNA/HHA who needs only 4 units may only attend and pay for the number of units attended. He/She does not have to stay for the full 8 units/hours. He/She will only receive credit for the number of units/hours attended on that day.

CPR — Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is offered to healthcare providers to learn to recognize and respond to emergencies and to know how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in and out of hospital settings. Anyone who is interested to learn how to perform CPR in and out of hospital setting can take this course.

Nurse Assistant Training Program


Prerequisite: High School Graduate or GED equivalent

This is a 160-hour course designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to render health care services to long-term care patients. The program requires 60 hours of theory or classroom instruction and 100 hours of supervised clinical training in a long-term care facility.
At the completion of this course, students will be able to understand the role, function, and responsibility of a Nurse Assistant as a member of the health care team.

They will also be able to demonstrate competence and practice safety in performing patient-care procedures. Students who have successfully completed the requirements are eligible to take the Nurse Assistant Competency Evaluation Program or State Examination. Successful examinees will receive Nurse Assistant Certificates issued by the State of California Department of Health Services, qualifying them to be employed as Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA's) in different health care facilities.

The official Nurse Assistant Certificate will be mailed to successful examinees from the California Department of Health Services upon completion of criminal background check. If CNA certificates are not received within 16 weeks of the date of the competency examination, students are advised to call the Department of Health Services at (916) 327-2445.

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Home Health Aide Training Program


Prerequisite: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

This is a 40-hour course designed to improve the skills of CNA's in providing health- and personal-care services to patients in their respective homes. The program requires 20 hours of theory or classroom instruction and 20 hours or supervised clinical training in private homes, board and care facilities, or long-term care facilities.

After completion of the course, students will be able to understand the role of a certified Home Health Aide and function in Home Health agencies. They will know how to provide services to patients in the home, understand the medical and social needs of people being served, and enhance their skills in personal care, nutrition, cleaning, and care tasks in the home setting.

A Certified Home Health Aide Certificate is issued by the Department of Health Services to those who have successfully completed the course, qualifying them to work in different Medicare-certified Home Health Agencies. CNA's taking the course earn 26 continuing education units.

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Acute Care Training For Certified Nursing Assistants


Prerequisite: Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

This is a 74-hour course designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to render health care service to patients who are acutely ill. The program requires 24 hours of classroom instruction and 50 hours of clinical training in an Acute Care Facility or Hospital under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

A Certificate of Completion is issued by the institution after successful completion of the course, qualifying them to work in an acute care setting or hospital. CNA's taking the course earn 36 continuing education units.

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Continuing Education Units

These classes are provided to enhance the knowledge and skills of Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs). CNA certificates and HHA certificates must be renewed every two (2) years. To renew, CNAs must have successfully obtained 48 hours/units of In-Service Training or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within the most recent certification period for continued licensure as required by the Department of Public Health, HHAs are required to complete 24 hours/units of In-Service Training or Continuing Education Units within the most recent certification period.


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CPR - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers — Hospitals, Long Term Care facilities and other health care organizations generally require health care providers to be CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) certified. The approximate course duration is 4.5 hours. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student receives a CPR Card that is valid for 2 years through the end of the month in which the card was issued. Before it expires, the holder of the CPR Card needs to attend the CPR Renewal course.



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