The Direct Patient Care course prepares individuals for an entry-level position in the health care field. The program prepares individuals to work closely with patients under the supervision of a registered nurse. The direct patient caregiver provides vital information on patient conditions to nurses and is vital to daily operations of a nursing care or hospital facility. This course meets all West Virginia state code requirements for the certified nursing assistant registry. The class includes: understanding body structure, function and mechanics; hygiene and infection control; use of assistive devices; safety and comfort; and work ethics of a professional member of the nursing and healthcare team. Students become familiar with direct patient care including bathing, grooming, feeding and transferring patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, checking patient vital signs, and providing social and emotional support.
Training includes: 65 hours of classroom instruction, 55 hours of clinical instruction, student uniform, immunizations, background checks, supplies, and one-time certification exam
Requirements: Attendance is required at all sessions. Individuals with felonies or any abuse convictions will not be allowed to enroll in this program. Background checks and drug tests will be conducted. High school diploma or GED required for financial aid.