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SGCMH Offers Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program on weekdays from June 1 to July 31, with additional days scheduled for make-up if necessary.

The cost of the course is $300, payable prior to the first class. This cost includes the textbook used during the training.

Those interested are invited to an open-door session to learn about the program and ask questions. The session will be Friday, May 1, 5 p.m. in the hospital’s Education Conference Room.

The CNA program consists of classroom training (minimum 75 hours) covering bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, infection control, patient ambulation and repositioning, bed making, vital signs, and other aspects of basic patient care. Included in the training is certification in Basic Life Support (CPR).

Following successful completion of the first part, the student shall undertake direct patient care (minimum 100 hours) in an acute care setting under the direction and supervision of the instructor. Upon successful completion of the 175 hours (minimum) training, they may sit for the certification examination administered by a certified examiner.

“Hospital CNAs have the extraordinary opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of their patients,” said Courtland S. Hampton, MSN, RN, and CNA course instructor. “By aiding the nursing staff in nearly every aspect of patient care, CNAs play a significant role in a patient’s day-to-day experience within a healthcare facility.”

Applications may be requested by email, Along with the application is a form for an essay as to why the applicant wishes to become a CNA.

Both must be submitted to the human resources department no later than May 15.

Applications will be reviewed and those chosen will have criminal background checks performed (applicant student approval).

Those accepted into the program will be notified, and tuition must be paid by Friday, May 29.

To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years of age and employable, or sixteen years of age as outlined in the Department of Health and Senior Services Nursing Assistant Training Program enrollment qualifications.

“A career in healthcare is rewarding and you will definitely make a difference caring for those in need,” Hampton said. “Healthcare is also one of the few industries that offer consistent demand, stability, and generous salaries. In today’s fast-paced world, it is difficult to find the time to fit school into your life. A perfect way to eliminate some of these barriers is to start your career as a CNA. CNAs are an integral part of the healthcare team working alongside doctors and nurses, providing direct patient care.”

For more information, please contact Courtland S. Hampton, MSN, RN, Clinical Education Coordinator, at 573-883-4457 or For information about SGCMH visit

(Information in a release from Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.)

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