Westside Terrace, a Dothan nursing home, is offering Certified Nursing Assistant training along with the opportunity for a job at the facility upon successful completion of the program.

The company announced this week it has begun offering classes each month. No college education or prior professional experience is needed. A high school diploma or GED is required.

According to Westside Terrace, the monthly classes will cover basic nursing skills and prepare students for advanced career education in the medical field. A release from Westside Terrace indicates students will be hired by the facility and paid while taking classes. Upon successful completion of the classes and certification, the students will be offered jobs at Westside Terrace.

June classes have already begun, but new training will be held again in July.

CNAs are trained to perform routine tasks under the supervision of nurses and medical staff. They maintain a safe environment and perform selected duties related to the personal hygiene and the comfort of long-term care residents. Nursing assistants also observe physical, mental and emotional conditions and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff.

A CNA is often the first person a resident sees in the morning and the last person they see at night so they are an important part of their lives. They listen, give encouragement and provide comforting compassion for our residents,” Hughes said. “It’s rewarding work that requires special people.”

For more information or to sign up for classes, visit westsideterracehealthcare.com and click CNA Class under the Careers tab.

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