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Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program / Nurse Aide Program

Learn the basics of bedside patient care in the classroom and hospital settings.

Course Description

The MSHA Nurse Aide Training 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.

The Tennessee course includes 60 hours of classroom participation followed by 40 hours of clinical experience.  The Virginia course includes 80 hours of classroom participation followed by 40 hours of clinical experience. 

How Do I Apply?

You may apply for the course by completing the application process online. Select the state for Course information in which you wish to participate.  A link to the application will be provided.


CNA Course



Nurse Aide Program


Course Goals & Objectives

    • Safely provide basic hygiene and personal care needs of long term care and hospitalized patients.
    • Demonstrate safe effective infection control practices with particular attention to the diseases of AIDS and Bloodborne Pathogens.
    • Demonstrates competency in assisting the patient/resident in elimination activities being mindful to provide for patient/resident dignity.
    • Discuss role of CNA/Nurse Aide in skin care activities with special focus on the prevention of integumentary breakdown.
    • Competently perform vital signs and distinguish normal and abnormal.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of pain being the 5th vital sign and discuss different pain management techniques and the importance of effectively controlling pain.
    • Prevent injury by utilizing proper body mechanics in all work activities with emphasis on safely moving and positioning residents/patients.
    • Properly demonstrate care and use of assistive, orthotic and prosthetic devices.
    • Define the role of the CNA/Nurse Aide and demonstrate specific performance skills in a safe and organized manner, providing competent care associated with the CNA/Nurse Aide scope and standards of care as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
    • Document in clinical record, describing accurately specific tasks performed with patient response.
    • Describe functions 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 proper feeding techniques and incorporating strategies for promoting good dietary health.
    • Demonstrate care of the terminally ill patient and learn techniques used to better understand and respond to the dying process.
    • Discuss care of the pre and post-operative patient.
    • Demonstrate the CNA’s/Nurse Aide's role in assisting to making the admission, transfer and discharge process a smooth transition for the patient/resident and care team.
    • Communicate and effectively manage conflict with staff, patient, patient’s family, and visitors.
    • Discuss patient’s rights, demonstrating the understanding of the uniqueness of the individual in regard to physical, cultural and psychological traits.
    • Provide care that fosters promoting quality of life to the highest level attainable for the patient/resident.
    • Attain AHA certification, including understanding and skills demonstration of CPR and FBAO for adults, pediatrics and infants.
    • Validate understanding of basic medical terminology and common medical abbreviations.
    • Verbalize knowledge of emergency codes and the CNA’s/Nurse Aide's response to these codes in providing for patient/resident safety.
    • List and define the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
    • Describe a long term care facility and discuss the reasons why people are admitted to long term care.
    • Verbalize understanding of patient/resident individuality; including defining values, cultural, and ethnical diversity
    • Participate in loving care and explain the importance of the family and their impact in caring for the patient/resident.
    • Incorporate positive effective communication techniques while coordinating the care of the resident.
    • Identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and care giver strain and discuss the importance of following correct procedures in reporting.
    • Discuss patient safety issues and provide examples of alternatives to the use of restraints.
    • Competently provide care for the cognitively impaired resident by seeking to understand behavior and responding appropriately with care methods that reduce effects of impairment.


For more information:

If you would like more information regarding Mountain States Health Alliance Nurse Aide Training Programs or would like to apply: 

  • Visit
  • Type Tennessee or Virginia in the search box and click find
  • This will take you to the programs webpage
  • Course requirements, schedules, contact information and application process can be accessed on this page. 

If you have additional questions, e-mail program coordinators at




There is no charge for the class itself; however fees are associated with:
  • Books
  • State Testing Fee
  • CPR Card (American Heart Association:  Health Care Provider Course)
  • Personal Liability Insurance ($37.00) – Instructions to obtain will be provided during the enrollment process
  • Background Check
  • Personal student liability insurance

Books and State Testing fees must be paid to MSHA via online payment prior to the first day of class after you have received acceptance into class.