Capital Workforce Partners Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Advancement Initiative Program

Program Reviewed

Introduction to Certified Nursing Assistant Advancement

Credit Recommendation

  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: 0.5 credit, lower division level
  • Hospice and Palliative Care: 0.5 credit, lower division level
  • Substance Abuse Among the Elderly: 0.5 credit, lower division level
  • Issues in Aging: 0.5 credit, lower division level
  • Rehabilitation: 0.5 credit, lower division level
  • Mental Health: 0.5 credit, lower division level

Effective Dates

October 2009 through March 2014

Source of Records

Allied Health Project Director; Capital Workforce Partners; 1 Union Place; Hartford, CT 06103

About the Reviewed Program

Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), the Hartford region's Workforce Investment Board, has a mission of coordinating "comprehensive programs through private and public partner organizations to assist job seekers and employers in achieving their goals." To address health care workforce shortages and skills gaps in health care occupations, particularly in the area of long-term care, CWP partnered with three community colleges, adult education providers, and long-term care facility employers to develop and deliver Certified Nursing Assistant clinical specialty courses to workers at their places of employment. This program introduces students to the philosophy, principles and practices of CNA clinical specialty work through course modules.

How to Apply for the Credit


Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: 0.5 credit, lower division level
Intro. to possible causes and ramifications of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Course emphasizes the physical, psychological and sociological aspects of dementia and its impact on individuals, families and care givers. Topics include communication, dealing with difficult behaviors, research and how to best structure the environment to meet the needs of an individual with dementia.

Hospice and Palliative Care: 0.5 credit, lower division level
Role of the CNA in providing care to the Hospice patient and family and in being part of the inter-disciplinary team. Topics include: fears surrounding death, history of health care in dying, goals in Hospice, symptom control, end of life decisions, caregiver challenges, cultural influences, emotional issues and nearing death awareness.

Issues in Aging: 0.5 credit, lower division level
Introduces the study of aging. Students learn to separate facts from stereotypes about aging; examine basic sociological, psychological and physiological factors in the aging process; develop understanding of older individual particularly in a health care setting. Experiential approach, focus on understanding and empathy. Comprehensive overview of the impact of diversity on an aging population and specific ways of improving quality of life of older individuals.

Mental Health: 0.5 credit, lower division level
Introductory course provides general description of mental illness with special emphasis on mental illness in the elderly. Emphasis on depression, anxiety, alcohol or other drug use prescribed or non-prescribed and paranoia. Focuses on understanding of these behaviors plus practical strategies to deal with these problems. In addition sensory perceptual problems of hallucinations and delusions is addressed. Empathic communication with the elderly is a major thread.

Rehabilitation: 0.5 credit, lower division level
Focuses on rehabilitation and patient care. Topics include complications to inactivity, positioning, transfers, body mechanics, gait, assistive devices, adaptive eq1uipment, fall prevention, wheelchairs, total joint arthroplasty, prosthetics and orthotics, range of motion and exercise.

Substance Abuse Among the Elderly: 0.5 credit, lower division level
Introduces issue of substance abuse/misuse in the elderly population. Statistical data reports. Students examine unique problems facing the elderly that may contribute to an increase of substance abuse. Familiarizes students with current models of substance abuse/dependence, interventions and treatment approaches.