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2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog 
2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Nurse Aide

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The Nurse Aide program at Panola College is an “open” program; however, the program requires additional requirements. Admission to Panola College does not guarantee admission to specific courses or programs of study.

Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) work in nursing homes, assisted living, Hospice, hospitals, community based long-term care, home health, correctional institutions, and other long-term care settings. Nurse Aides work under a nurse’s supervision and help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks.

The Nurse Aide program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the provision of basic care to patients in hospitals or at home and residents in long term care facilities. The program offers information necessary for nurse aides to provide nursing related activities in a compassionate, competent, caring manner as a valuable member of the healthcare team.

Upon completion of the program, a student is prepared to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Examination (NNAAP) to become a Certified Nurse Aide.


Wendy Fehner, (903) 693-1197,

Department Mission

To protect the dignity, worth, and rights of all people and to promote communities and the society they form by helping people throughout their lifespan.

Job Outlook

Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants will be needed in long-term care facilities. CNAs work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals and home health. Nurse aides who pass the state certification examination will be able to work in all health care related areas of employment.

Certified Nurse Aide

Areas of Specialization

  • Home health aide
  • Hospitals
  • Long term care/geriatrics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Sub-acute care facilities

How to Apply to the Certified Nurse Aide Program

Contact the Workforce & Continuing Education Office at (903) 693-2067 for enrollment.

Requirements of the Certified Nurse Aide Program

  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check and an employability check by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (to be completed at the time of application to program). If affected by background or employability check results, students will be advised before the start of the program of their ineligibility.
  • Students must be physically and mentally capable of performing the necessary tasks and skills required of a nurse aide. A student will be expected to transfer, move, ambulate, or lift patients on a regular basis; therefore, must be able to lift at least 40 pounds.
  • Must have all required immunizations or antibody titers.

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