Nurse Aide Training Program

Student Information and Policies

Tuberculin Skin Testing:

A student must receive a “two-step” Tuberculin skin test and a school physical exam at their expense.  TB Skin testing and the physical exam are required before the student may attend the first day of clinical training.

All students who have a history of a significant reaction to the skin test will require a chest x-ray result done within the last six months. Chest x-rays are the student’s responsibility through a private physician or clinic at the student’s expense.

If a student has a significant reaction to a skin test, a doctor’s release stating that the student is free of communicable disease including tuberculosis in an infectious stage, must be provided to the instructor before clinical training can begin.

Dress Code: Students will dress in such a way as to establish and maintain a neat, safe, and professional appearance.

  1. Uniform requirement of the clinical facility is required for classroom and clinical sessions, unless otherwise agreed upon with the instructor. Undergarments should not be visible.
    1. Uniform is to be clean and wrinkle-free. Tops must cover belly buttons and cleavage. The following garments are not appropriate: stretch pants, stirrup pants, jeans, joggers, shorts, body shirts, sleeveless, sheer, or low neckline tops. Scrub jackets or sweaters that coordinate with uniform and shirts worn under the scrub top are permissible.
    2. Shoes are to be clean and in good repair with toe and heel enclosed. Socks are to be always worn.
  2. Hair must be off the collar, clean, neat, and not in such a way as to touch the resident.
  3. Nails must be closely trimmed with clear or no polish.
  4. No dangling earrings, lip, eyebrow, or nose rings allowed. If not able to be removed, they may need to be covered with a band-aid or tape. No necklaces are to be worn.
  5. Tattoos will be addressed per facility policy.
  6. Only a wedding set may be worn on the hands.
  7. Beards must be neat and clean.
  8. Perfume fragrance must not be worn during classroom or clinical sessions. Cosmetics, if worn, should be very limited and in good taste.
  9. Cell phones may be attended to at break time only during classroom. If phones are used during class, the instructor will have students leave phones in a basket by the door. No phone use permitted on units during clinical. If phone is found in use while student is not on break, the instructor will expect the phone to be given to them.
  10. All students will receive a name tag from Health Careers Training & Development on the first day of clinical training. Student name tags must be always worn during the clinical section of the program. They are considered a part of your uniform by the IN State Dept. of Health (ISDH).

Classroom Evaluation:

Each student is required to complete at least 46 hours of training in a classroom and lab. Worksheets and quizzes will be utilized to evaluate learning. A score of 75% must be achieved on each quiz. The student may have three attempts to achieve a score of 75%. If, on the third attempt, the score is less than 75%, the student may not complete the clinical practicum until the quiz for that module has been successfully passed in the next series of classes offered by Health Careers Training & Development. If a score of less than 75% is achieved on the third attempt in the next series of classes the student will be dismissed from the program.

Classroom Attendance:

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory to meet the program requirements of the Indiana State Department of Health. Absence of two classroom sessions may result in dismissal from the program. A student must notify instructor if tardy. If tardy 5 min, the student will stay 15 minutes after class and complete extra quizzes, or do classwork as instructed by instructor. If tardy 5-15 minutes, student will stay 30 min. If tardy 15-30 minutes, student will stay after class 1 hour. If tardy twice, the student will talk with instructor about plan to eliminate behavior, and if tardy a third time, dismissal from the program may result.

The tardy rule also applies to returning promptly for class from breaks and lunch.

Clinical Externship Evaluation:

Each student is required to complete at least 75 hours of supervised practicum in a long-term care facility. During the laboratory sessions and practicum, the student must perform all required skills successfully. The completed ISDH Resident Care Procedure (RCP) skills signature form must be submitted for the student to be eligible for the state exam.

During the practicum, the student is assigned to work with a preceptor who assists the student in organization and time management.

A “clinical sign-in record” is supplied to each student. This form must be completed and signed by the student and assigned qualified licensed professional on a daily basis with the date and hours of training and the experiences and tasks performed during those hours. This is required to complete the course.

Personal Conduct at Clinical Site:

All students must adhere to the policies of the clinical practicum site.

As a student of the Certified Nurse aide training Program at Health Careers Training & Development, during the clinical training the student agrees to the following:

  1. To make it their responsibility to know, understand and adhere to the guidelines and procedures of each clinical rotation.
  2. To make every effort to be courteous, efficient and accurate in all tasks to which they are assigned and in all contact with patients and workers.
  3. To work safely and effectively
  4. To leave work areas neat and clean
  5. To dress and act appropriately
  6. To respect and encourage independence of residents
  7. To report and record activities performed
  8. To observe and report conditions, changes and problems
  9. To work with the health care team in an effective and productive manner
  10. To follow residents’ individual plans of care

Clinical Externship Attendance:

It is expected that the student will be on time for all clinical days. The guidelines for tardiness for classroom time apply to clinical time as well. If makeup clinical day is required the first week of clinical, it will be Sat or Sun on 6-2:30 shift the first week. If makeup day is required during second week of clinical, it will be Sat or Sun on 6-2:30 shift, and student will be required to pay for overnight mail (15-20$) for the applications and money to be sent to ISDH for testing.

If the student is unable to attend a scheduled practicum day, the instructor must be notified at least 1 hour prior to the start of the shift the student is scheduled, or the student’s position in the program could come in jeopardy. An absence may result in dismissal from the program. Their inclusion in a future program will be the program director’s decision, with each situation being evaluated individually.  “No Call, No Show” will not be tolerated and can result in dismissal from the program.

Any CNA student who progresses unsatisfactorily in the clinical area may be required to complete additional clinical time at the discretion of the instructor and /or program director or might possibly be dismissed from the program. If additional time is required, it is expected that the student will demonstrate that they are able to provide competent and safe care.

Course Completion Requirements:

Upon successful completion of both the classroom and clinical portion of the program Health Careers Training & Development will prepare certificates for each graduate. These will be presented upon successful completion of the course. With these the student can work as a beginning CNA within the limits of the facility where they are employed for 120 days or until successful competency evaluation. The student may work as a beginning CNA for 2 years from the date on the certification, but only 120 per facility.

If the student is unsuccessful in the written or skills portion of the competency evaluation, they may test for either portion 3 times in 2 years from the completion of the program. If unsuccessful on third attempt, the CNA course must be completed again

A CNA must also repeat the training program if there has been a continuous period of 24 consecutive months during which the CNA provided no nursing or nursing related services for pay in a licensed agency or facility.


Full payment of tuition is due on the first day of class. Students wishing to withdraw must do so by the third day of classroom to be reimbursed 50% of the class tuition. Retesting fees are non-refundable once paid.

Smoking Policy:

The classroom campus is a nonsmoking campus. Smoking must be done in the student’s car or off college property. Please respect the environment and dispose of cigarette butts accordingly. Smoking at a clinical site will only be permitted according to that clinical site's policy.


  • Sleeping is not allowed during classroom or clinical shifts. Any student found sleeping will be terminated from the program.
  • Confrontation with employees of the clinical site will not be tolerated and will result in immediate removal from the clinical setting and may possibly result in dismissal from the program.
  • If the student should sustain any form of injury during any portion of the program, an incident report must be completed. Any treatment required must be at the student’s expense. The student is not an employee of either the training entity or the facility and as such is responsible for their own actions and any financial obligations incurred during the training program.