SEPTEMBER 20, 2006

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Health Care Authority and OSU-OKC continue certified nurse’s aide training

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) and OSU-Oklahoma City, in collaboration with various state agencies, are continuing their program to certify nurse aides to work at long term care facilities.

Classes are scheduled to begin immediately and are offered every month at no cost for qualified Oklahoma, Logan, Canadian and Cleveland county residents. Program graduates who earn certification are required to work at a Medicaid long term care facility for at least twelve months. Participants will receive a set of scrubs, a stethoscope and one textbook.

OSU-OKC provides curriculum preparing students to complete the state’s nurse aide competency examination. The curriculum is comprised of 80 hours of training including 24 hours of supervised clinical training. Students will also be required to pass an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations background check and nurse aide registry screening prior to beginning training.

“We are very excited to be continuing this program,” stated Dr. Mac McCrory, OSU-OKC Business and Industry vice president. “This program meets the challenges of direct care workforce shortages and develops a certified nurse aide training program that serves to deliver quality staff and enhance continuity of care,” he said.

For more information or class registration, contact Sharlene Latsey at 405.945.3373 or visit www.osuokc.edu/cna.