Published or Revised August 19, 2015
Economics are driving changes in the health care industry and PJC is responding with the Enhanced Nurse Aide program to provide graduates with more diverse skills. The program is designed to provide trained healthcare professionals to assist licensed nurses in caring for patients.
A minimum of 330 openings per year is projected for Enhanced Nurse Aides through 2020 in the five-county service area. The projected earnings range from $8.83 to start to $10.72 for average hourly salary (these numbers are based on a certified nurse aide credential earnings, the ENA would likely be more).
Skills for this program expand on PJC’s existing Nurse Aide program, which is available as a continuing education or credit course. The additional skills will broaden employment options beyond those from the certified nurse aide program that traditionally involve long-term care facilities.
Those additional skills include emergency care attendant, phlebotomy and long-term care management. Topics covered also include an introduction to health professions, basic skills, wellness and health promotion, health care Spanish, and anatomy and physiology for medical assistants.
The graduate will have obtained sklls to work in facilities for long term care, assisted living, acute care, physician offices, home care and other types of health care agencies. A graduate of the Enhanced Nurse Aide program may go to work as a nurse aide, phlebotomist doing lab work, or at an emergency room as an emergency care attendant (first responder).
The 25 credit hour program is two semesters long. At the end of the 12-hour semester, the student will obtain a Certified Nurse Aide credential. Emergency Care Attendant (emergency first responders) and Phlebotomy certificates are available at the end of the program. The successful student will then be eligible to gain certification from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.