VU Jasper offering new healthcare certificate - External Relations
VU Jasper offering new healthcare certificate
July 22, 2020
JASPER, Ind. – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and aging baby boomers,
there is an urgent demand for nurses and nursing assistants. Vincennes
University Jasper is helping fill the void by offering a new Health
Care Professional Pre-Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Track Certificate.
The Health Care Professional Pre-Nursing CNA Track certificate is
designed to expose students to a broad base of required general
education courses and foundational skills related to nursing. No
prerequisites are required.
Cassie Flock, VU Jasper Nursing Chair
“Nursing assistants are in demand in the healthcare system, and this
certificate program will prepare the student for the demand of the
nursing assistant workforce, and provide exposure to the healthcare
environment and preparation for nursing school,” VU Jasper Department
Chair of Nursing and Associate Professor Cassie Flock said.
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are on the front lines of the
coronavirus battle performing critical hands-on care. Nursing
assistants are also needed to care for the growing number of older
individuals in nursing and residential care facilities.
Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected
to grow nine percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average
for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment of registered nurses is projected
to grow 12 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.