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Alaska college revives certified nursing assistant program

November 1, 2017 GMT

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska college again is offering a certified nursing assistant program after struggling to meet the state’s Board of Nurses requirements for instructors.

The six-credit course was brought back to Kenai Peninsula College for the fall semester and was filled to capacity at 10 students.

The spring course already has four students going through the preregistration work for the class, said Audrey Standerfer, the college’s certified nursing assistant program adjunct instructor and Kenai River Campus Student Clinic coordinator.


“The course had ended simply because the state redid the requirements for lecturers who are able to teach it,” Standerfer said. “They made more stringent requirements. . I sent my application to the state and was rejected at first for not meeting the qualifications but I sent an appeal letter to show how I met the qualifications and was approved.”

After receiving approval, Standerfer began preparing plans for the class which guides students toward meeting all the state requirements for becoming a certified nursing assistant.

A certified nursing assistant is different from a nurse in that they cannot administer medication. They act as assistants to nurses by providing more intimate, personal care to help patients in their basic activities of life, such as bathing or dressing, and monitoring the patient’s health, The Peninsula Clarion reported .

Employment projections from the Bureau of Labor say the need for certified nursing assistants will increase by nearly 11 percent over the next ten years, with an estimated expected two million job openings each year.

The course guides students to meet all state requirements, including a minimum of 60 hours of classroom and lab instructions and 80 hours of clinical experience, which is done at the Central Peninsula Hospital. Classroom time is spent in the college’s certified nursing assistant lab.

The Alaska Institute of Technology Anchorage campus closed its doors in August 2016, ending their CNA programs which had taught about 80 candidates a year.


Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion,