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Policy

CERTIFIED/GERIATRIC NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING INSTRUCTORS.


Nursing Supervisor:
Yvonne B. Adih, MSN, RN
1045 Taylor Avenue, Suite 113
Towson, MD 21286
Tel: 410-321-5880 / 443-520-0801


INSTRUCTORS:

Ericka Thomas, BSN, RN, CM/DN

Toni Agbhonkese, RN, CM/DN

K. Ossei-Boateng, MSN, RN, CM/DN

Yvonne B. Adih, BSN, RN, CHCM, CM/DN

Bernadette Dosunmu, BSN, RN, CM/DN

Milcah Chege, BSN, RN, CM/DN

Adetimbo Adediran, APRN, MSN, NP-C

Blessing Obichere, BSN, RN

Olamide Odetoye, BSN, RN

Linus Ebai, RN

 

 

CERTIFIED/GERIATRIC NURSING ASSISTANT CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Clinical Sites:


1. HCR-Manor Care Ruxton, 7001 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204
2. Summit Park Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1502 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

3.Future Care Canton Harbor 1300 S. Ellwood Ave Baltimore, MD 21224
Upon successful completion of 78 hours of classroom and lab instruction, students will attend 42 hours of clinical instruction given at Summit Park and HCR-Manor Care, under the supervision of a Vision Allied Health Instructor. 


Attendance of all 42 hours is mandatory. Each student will attend clinical instruction for five  consecutive 
days, Monday through Friday, from 7a.m - 3p.m. There will be a 36-minute break on each day. During the
clinical rotation, students will gain hands-on practical experience working with patients in an actual nursing
facility. All students are required to follow the policies and procedures of clinical site during the orientation. In order to attend clinical, students will:

Show results of a negative TB screen or chest x- ray within past 6 months.
. Have a stethoscope and cuff  (included in tuition and will be given out in class)
.Uniform - Wear white skirt/slacks, white pale top, white shoes with  non-skid soles, or clogs with back 
strap only (not provided)

 

  • Have a pen (black ink) and a pad of paper (pocket size) (not  provided)

  • Wear name tag (Provided by instructor)

  • Not wear earrings that hang below the earlobe

  • Have a watch with a second hand (not provided).

  • Report to the nursing home and be prepared to stay all day

  • NOTE: Students must complete all the scheduled 42 clinical hours to be eligible for graduation.


CNA VOCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this program, students will be expected to successfully perform as Certified Nursing 
Assistant/Geriatric Nursing  Assistant in Maryland.

PREVIOUS TRAINING:
The Vision Allied Health Institute does not offer credit for previous training.

ENTRANCE TEST:
The Scholastic Level Exam (SLE), is used to determine eligibility into the Certified/Geriatric Nursing 
Assistant Training program. It is a standardised reading comprehension test that tests to an eighth-grade 
level. The exam will be administered and scored by an instructor or administrative staff of the school on the
day of me exam. Upon successful completion, the student will be eligible to register for the 
Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program, provided they also meet the other admission
requirements.


Proficiency is required at all levels to successfully pass the exam. In the event a student does not pass the  
exam on the initial attempt, he/she is eligible for re-testing after a three month waiting period.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT:


To successfully complete the Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program, students must attend 
all 120 hours of the program, with a minimum attendance rate of 85% of classroom sessions and 85% of 
the clinical orientation, and missed time must be made up within 2 weeks of absence.

Students must achieve 


a score of 80% or above on all quizzes and the final written exam. They will be required to demonstrate 
100% competency of all skills in the clinical setting. Successful completion requires satisfying all financial 
obligations to the school.

PROGRAM PERFORMANCE:


To obtain information on our program performance, all students and prospective students may obtain from 
the Maryland  Higher Education Commission information regarding the performance of this 
Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program.

 

This information includes the program's enrollment, 
completion rate, placement rate and passage rate of graduates on the nursing assistant licensure examination. 
This information can be obtained by contacting the Maryland Higher Education Commission at 6. N. Liberty 
Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 or by calling 410-767-3301.

SLE Exam FEE AND TESTING DATES
SLE Exam - $35 Fee - This is included in the program cost.
Testing days: Monday though Friday. Time: 10a.m. Plan to arrive by 9:30am. Testing takes 2 hours.
Those wishing to register for the Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program immediately 
following testing should bring their  tuition, payable in cash or money order, and must meet the 
pre-requisites listed under the "how to enroll" section.

CERTIDIED/GERIATRIC NURSING ASSISSTANT TRAINING FEE SCHEDULE
Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program - $1,280. Students may register in person (cash, 
credit card, Paypal or money order).


The total $1,280 includes:
$128 -Registration fee, $35 - SLE Testing Fee, $79 - Book Fee, $79 - supplies Fee, $939 -Tuition,
$20 - Initial Certification Fee to the Maryland Board of Nursing after successful completion of the program.
The supplies fee covers stethoscope, sphygmomanometer (B/P Cuff), providing course materials to be 
consumed, retained or used by the students.

CNA/GNA PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
This program consists of 120 hours of instruction including 42 hours of clinical experience, 48 hours of 
lecture / theory, and 30 hours of lab/practice. Your clinical experience will be assigned and scheduled by the
instructor within 2 weeks following successful completion of the classroom and lab component. 3 weeks is 
required for successful completion of theory and lab.practice, then 42 hours of clinical which involves 42 
hours per week, Monday through Friday for one week. Total program length is 4 weeks.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY (approximate costs):

 

  1. PPD Testing: $25 payable to the health care provider who administers it.

  2. Uniform (see above for description): $100 payable to the store where purchased.

  3. GNA State Exam: $105 payable to American Red Cross.

  4. CJIS Fingerprinting: $52 payable on the day of service to CJIS

 

Central Repository located at 6776 
Reisterstown Rd, Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21215.

STATE NURSE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRY:
Please be advised that once participants have successfully completed the Certified/Geriatric Nursing 
Assistant Training program, there is an additional fee of $105 for testing to become a Geriatric Nursing 
Assistant. This fee is paid by the participant after the program in order to become a geriatric nursing 
assistant (GNA).

STUDENT SERVICES: 

Vision Allied Health Institute does not offer placement services for program graduates other than job postings on the classroom bulletin board and having instructors available to advise students who desire employment guidance and assistance.

 

HOW TO ENROLL: 

Students may enroll in person Monday through Friday from 9a.m - 3p.m at: Vision Allied Health Institute 1045 Taylor Avenue, Suite 113 Towson, MD 21286. PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS

 

We do not accept personal checks.

PREREQUISITES TO REGISTRATION ARE:

 

  1. All applicants must be at least 18 years old to enroll in Program. (Proof of age is required)

  2. All applicants must have high school diploma or GED transcripts. (Proof required.)

  3. All applicants must have a criminal background check - (criminal convictions may affect a student's ability 

  4. to be certified.)

  5. All applicants must take the SLE Exam and achieve a satisfactory score of 21 or greater.

  6. All applicants must have a physical exam within the past six (6) months, a negative PPD test or have had a chest x-ray..All applicants must have current CPR and first aid certification. (Proof required).

  7. Upon successful completion of the SLE Exam, applicants may enroll in person by paying tuition and fees, 
    (cash/money order/MasterCard/Visa). No personal checks accepted.

 

THIS IS REQUIRED FOR THE CLINICAL WEEK, WHICH IS THE FINAL WEEK OF THE PROGRAM.

 

The student will receive the current school catalog and enrollment agreement for review and signature. VAHI official will countersign the enrollment agreement. Students are advised to keep all documents regarding enrollment and financial obligations. Successful completion of the program requires the completion of all 120 hours (48 hours of 
lecture, 30 hours of lab, 42 hours of clinical experience) and meeting all financial obligations to the school


All books, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and materials are provided.
Participants should bring a pen or pencil and notebook to class.
Casual, comfortable clothes may be allowed for the first week. uniforms (whites scrubs), not included, are required for clinical 
 


Classes begin promptly at the stated time. You are required to arrive on time and stay the entire length of 
each class.The lab/clinical sessions require strenuous activity (lifting). If you have any conditions that could affect 
your ability to participate, including pregnancy, you must provide written documentation from your 
physician before the class begins stating your ability to lift.


CJIS fingerprinting: $52 payable on the day of service to CJIS Central Repository located at 6776 
Reisterstown Rd, Suite 1025 Baltimore, MD 21215.
A formal enrollment agreement (contract) will be read and signed by the student after the reading test 
registration.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Students are expected to attend every clinical and classroom session on time, and are expected to stay the entire tune. Students are required to have a minimum attendance rate of 85% during clinical.. One 6 hour session will be rescheduled within 2 weeks of absence. Lateness in clinical will be considered an absence. 

 

Students are required to have a minimum attendance rate of 85% during class/fab sessions. All time missed will have to be made up within 2 weeks. No more than 11.5 cumulative hours will be rescheduled in the next available program schedule. Each student's cumulative attendance rate will be reviewed by an instructor on a daily basis at the end of each training session. After missing one class or after two incidences of lateness, students will be informed that they will be placed on probation for the following one week.

 

During the period of attendance probation, the student is expected to attend all classes promptly and according to schedule. After one week, the student will be released from probation if they attend all classes without any absence. The consequence of failing to achieve probation attendance standard will result in dismissal from the program. Attendance will be taken daily at the beginning and end of each training session. 


All lateness will be tracked by VAHI and recorded cumulatively on the student's permanent record card. Student attendance will be evaluated and reported in writing to the students weekly on Fridays. Early departures from lecture, lab or clinical sessions will be tracked and time missed, up to 15% of the total program time must be made up.

 

Should a student fail to achieve the minimum standards, they will be terminated from the program and be unable to graduate. As per State of Maryland Higher Education Commission, all absences whether "excused" or not, will be calculated in the student's attendance rate.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:
Vision Allied Health Institute follows Baltimore County Public Schools inclement weather policy. On school 
days, daytime and evening classes will be cancelled if public schools grades K-12 are closed in Baltimore 
County. Please call 410-321-5880 for information of cancellations.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE:
Vision Allied Health Institute does not offer leave of absence. Students are required to re-enroll and sign a 
new enrollment agreement upon their return.

ACADEMIC POLICY:
The Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program is graded A -F. Student must achieve at least a score of 80% ( D) or above on all quizzes and the final exam as well as perform all skills as listed in student skill workbook with 100% accuracy in order to complete the program successfully.

 

On a weekly basis, on Fridays, student academic achievement will be evaluated and reported in writing to the student. Quizzes will be given at the end of each unit (chapter), and a final exam at the end of the program. Students will be given two opportunities on all quizzes, and the final exam, in order to attain a score of 80% or above.

 

Student's progress will be tracked weekly through the use of an At Risk Memorandum which is given to each student for each skill or test that they do not perform up to the standard. Students will be given a second opportunity on the next day of lecture to a satisfactory level of 80%. Should a student be unsuccessful in attaining an 80% score, they will be terminated from the program and be unable to graduate.

 

Should a student be dismissed for unsatisfactory progress, they may re-enroll by paying tuition in full and begin the program again from the start. Vision Allied Health Institute maintains all student grade records on file. All students daily attendance and record of academic achievement will be recorded on the individual student permanent record regularly each week on Friday.

ACADEMIC PROBATION:
There is no academic probation for Vision Allied Health Institute Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant 
Training program

GRADING SYSTEM AND SCALE:
At the completion of each unit (chapter), the student's knowledge will be assessed by a quiz. There are a 
total of 28 quizzes. There will be a final examination at the end of the program. The student must achieve a 
score of 80% (D) or above on all quizzes and the final examination to graduate.
A= 96 - 100%,    B = 91 - 95%,   C = 86 - 90%,     D- 80 - 85%,    F - Below 80%

STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY:
Students are required to dress and act in an ethical and professional manner. VAHI has the right to dismiss 
any student who fails to adhere to school policies. Any student receiving an unsafe for patient care 
evaluation during clinical will be terminated from the program and will not receive a certificate or be eligible 
to re-enroll.

Activities that will result in an unsafe rating and immediate dismissal include: stealing in the 
classroom or clinical; abusive language to an instructor, resident, classmate; inappropriate behavior with a 
resident, examples - hitting, yelling, violent or aggressive behavior toward faculty, students, or residents; 
intentional inaccurate or false reporting of care provided for or condition of a resident which is detrimental 
to the patient or clinical site operation, alcohol or drug use while attending class or clinical, carrying a 
weapon in the classroom or at the clinical site. All terminations from the program will be reviewed by 
Yvonne Adih, RN, School Director.

STUDENT'S RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Students have the right to review any and all documents in their school file. They have the right to discuss 
any concerns they have with a school official. Students are responsible for adhering to all school rules and 
regulations while in attendance and must meet all established guidelines in order to be eligible for graduation.

STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE:
Students who have a grievance with VAHI are encouraged to resolve the matter with their instructor. If still 
unsatisfied, students have the opportunity to present any grievances in writing form to the School Director, 
Yvonne B. Adih, RN. Vision Allied Health Institute will resolve the grievance in a fair and just manner. If still 
unsatisfied, the student may submit a written complaint to the Secretary of Higher Education at the Maryland 
Higher Education Commission, 6. N. Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

REFUND POLICY:
Should the school close or discontinue the Certified/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Training program, Vision Allied Health Institute will refund to each currently enrolled student all monies paid by the student for tuition and fees and monies for which the student is liable for tuition and fees. All fees paid by a student shall be refunded if the student chooses not to enroll in or withdraw from the school within 7 calendar days after signing the enrollment agreement.

 

If the student chooses not to enroll after the 7-day cancellation period but before the first day of instruction, the Vision Allied Health Institute may retain the registration fee. Vision Allied Health Institute shall pay a student who withdraws or is terminated after the 7-day cancellation period has expired and after instruction has begun a refund based on the total contract price for the program and 
shall include all fees, except the registration and any charges for materials or books which have been purchased by, and are the property of the student.

 

The minimum refund that Vision Allied Health Institute shall pay a student who withdraws or is terminated after the 7 - day cancellation period and after instruction has begun, is as follows:
Proportion of total program taught by date of withdrawal:


Tuition Refund:

Less than 10%   -------------------------------    90% refund
10% up to but not including 20%   -------    80% refund
20% up to but not including 30%   -------    60% refund
30% up to but not including 40%   -------    40% refund
40% up to 50%    -----------------------------     20% refund
More than 50%    -----------------------------     NO REFUND

In the case of an official leave of absence, if a student fails to return to training by the end of the leave of 
absence, a refund due a student shall be based on the date of withdrawal or termination and paid within 60 
days of the scheduled last day of the leave of absence.

Any refund due to a student shall be based on the date of withdrawal or termination and paid within 60 days from the date of withdrawal or termination. The date of withdrawal or termination is the last date of attendance by the student.