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Certified Nursing Assistant Program

A Certified Nursing Assistant is an important part of many healthcare teams, working in home health, hospital, and nursing home settings. CNAs assist nursing professionals and are involved in providing direct patient care as well as supplemental service. Our CNA School enables students to meet the requirements for certification and to obtain employment.

  • Two-week course includes seven full days of classroom training and three days of hands-on clinical practice.
  • Class is taught by experienced Saad Healthcare nursing professionals.
  • Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the Alabama CNA exam, which is administered at Saad's classroom facility.
  • Employment opportunities are widely available for CNA graduates.
  • A new class forms every two weeks

Additional Information

Saad's CNA training is structured to allow students to understand and address the needs of the whole patient, while promoting independence and self-care. Specific topics of instruction include:

  • The role of the nursing assistant in health care, including communication skills, documentation, and ethical and legal responsibilities, as well as medical terminology.
  • Basic knowledge and skills, such as infection control, the Heimlich Maneuver, psychosocial needs, body mechanics, accident prevention, environmental safety, and emergency and disaster situations.
  • Essential nursing care knowledge and skills, including basic anatomy and physiology, the disease process, body systems, measuring vital signs, positioning and transfers, and admission and discharge procedures.
  • Restorative care and rehabilitation.
  • Specialized job skills and abilities, working with the elderly, working with cognitively impaired patients, death, dying, and post-mortem care.

Certified Testing Center

Saad Healthcare is a regional test center certified by the Alabama Department of Health for CNA testing. Persons who have completed a nurse aid training program approved by the Alabama Department of Nursing within the receding 24 months are eligible to take the exam, which includes both a written test and an evaluation of clinical skills. Thus, students who complete Saad's CNA School can do their testing in the same setting in which they have trained.


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