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Red Cross to Offer Certified Nurse Assistant Training  

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By Lookout Staff

October 12, 2011 -- The Santa Monica Red Cross is offering a new course of study that will help fill a vital niche in health care services, and at the same time give people a chance to break into a new career.

For the first time, the local Red Cross branch will hold a limited enrollment, professional level, American Red Cross Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program starting in November.

“We are really excited about the debut of our new Certified Nurse Assistant program here in Santa Monica. With high unemployment, this program provides residents with a way to start a new career in the exciting and always in-demand health care job sector,” said Santa Monica Red Cross Chief Executive Officer John Pacheco, who was past director for the program in Los Angeles.

“Nurse Assistants are the first line of caregiver for the infirmed and elderly,” said Pacheco.

“In addiction to a steady paycheck, there’s also satisfaction in knowing your work enhances the quality of life for those in hospice, senior and other residential care facilities,” he said.

The class will run for five weeks, starting on November 1. Students will spend 71 hours in lecture classes and 100 hours in a clinical setting. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

The five-day a week CNA course costs $100 for a nonrefundable registration fee and $1,400 for the course fee. The course fee includes books, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, two uniforms, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training and the fee for the State Board Exam. Financial aid is not available.

Those interested in the course can call 1-800-627-7000 for more information.
Prospective students can download the application online at:

or visit Applications can be mailed or delivered to the American Red Cross, 2227 Atlantic Boulevard, Commerce, CA 90040, attention Beatrice Collazo, NAT Administrative Coordinator.

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