Hodges University Unveils New Certified Nursing Assistant Program
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