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Frequently Asked Questions

The CNA Program provides an opportunity for hands-on care and the performance of routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Students learn basic caregiving skills, infection control, communication techniques and safety procedures. The program requires 104 hours of participation, including a clinical experience. Successful completion may qualify the student to test with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services for licensure and certification.

Upon successful completion of all course elements, students will take the state certification exam (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Exam). Nurse aides who pass the written and clinical skills exams will be titled a Certified Nurse Aide.

You will need to have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 16 years of age. You should plan for a few additional expenses beyond tuition, including immunizations, scrubs, a criminal background check, drug screening, a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope.

To enroll in the Certified Medication Aide Program, students must first participate in a mandatory healthcare information session. Click below to register:

Information Session

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for CNAs is expected to increase 11% between 2016 and 2026. Blinn's program is designed to support the local opportunities for Certified Nurse Aides so that our students can enter the workforce as soon as possible. Certified Nurse Aides can expect to earn a median salary of $13.26 per hour, whether you choose to work for the local government, employment services, general medical or surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities or community care facilities for the elderly.

A CNA's responsibilities may include answering calls for help, delivering messages, serving meals, making beds, and tidying up patients' rooms. Aides may also be responsible for taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure. They also help provide care to patients by helping them get into and out of bed and walk, escorting them to operating and examining rooms, or providing assistance with skin care.


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