Hodges University Unveils New Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Hodges University News

The Hodges University Board of Trustees today approved the launch of a certified nursing assistant (CNA) program. The program will be offered through the School of Allied Health, led by Dean William Griz and is slated to launch during the upcoming academic year.

“In the CNA program, students will complete 165 hours of nursing assistant training, 75 hours of home health aid training, four hours of dementia training and six Hodges University associate degree credits,” said Griz. “This is the first step in our plans to expand program offerings to better serve the health care needs of Southwest Florida, especially in the field of nursing.”

The new program will result in investment in instructional facilities at the Naples campus and the hiring of new faculty.

The addition of the CNA program is the result of an academic program review undertaken by the university under the direction of Carol Morrison, senior vice president of student and academic services. Other changes under consideration as a result of the review include the consolidation of low-enrollment programs so that resources are focused on the academic areas most in demand by students and employers and on streamlining how student services are delivered at both the Fort Myers and Naples campuses.

“The deans of each of our five schools were instrumental in researching and evaluating the current educational needs of our region and taking steps to align their academic programs to best serve those needs,” said Morrison. “Our goal is to be more strategic and student-centered in our approach to managing our academic offerings. The development of the CNA program is a perfect example of that new approach in action.”

In related board actions, the trustees also approved tuition rates for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year.

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