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Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program / Nurse Aide Program

Learn the basics of bedside patient care.

Course Description

The MSHA Nurse Aide Training Program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements.  Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the state certification examination.

The course includes 60 hours of classroom participation followed by 40 hours of clinical experience. 

How Do I Apply?

You may apply for the course by completing the application process online. Select the state for Course information in which you wish to participate.  A link to the application will be provided.

Tennessee Classes

CNA Course



Nurse Aide Program

Course Goals & Objectives

  • Demonstrate effective infection control practices.
  • Administer and safely meet basic personal care needs of patients.
  • Demonstrate competency in assisting in elimination activities while providing for privacy and maintaining dignity.
  • Discuss the role of the CNA in skin care with a focus on prevention of complications.
  • Competently perform vital signs and distinguish normal and abnormal results.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pain management.
  • Use proper body mechanics to promote safety and prevent injury.
  • Properly demonstrate the use of assistive, orthotic and prosthetic devices.
  • Document in the clinical record.
  • Discuss functions associated with body systems in regard to disease management and the aging process.
  • Identify the importance of nutrition, demonstrating feeding techniques and incorporating strategies for promoting good dietary health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the dying process in caring for the terminal patient.
  • Discuss care of the pre- and postoperative patient.
  • Demonstrate the role of the CNA in the admission and discharge process.
  • Communicate effectively with staff, patient and family.
  • Discuss patient rights and individualize care based on cultural, physical and psychological traits.
  • Promote quality of life.
  • Obtain BLS certification with the American Heart Association.
  • Define the role of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate understanding of medical terms and abbreviations.
  • Verbalize knowledge of emergency codes and define the CNA’s response to each.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Discuss safe alternatives to restraints.
  • Recognize signs of abuse and understand reporting methods.
  • Demonstrate loving care and Patient-Centered Care approaches.


For more information:

If you would like more information regarding Mountain States Health Alliance Nurse Aide Training Programs or would like to apply: 

  • Visit
  • Type Tennessee or Virginia in the search box and click find
  • This will take you to the programs webpage
  • Course requirements, schedules, contact information and application process can be accessed on this page. 

If you have additional questions, e-mail program coordinators at