About CNA/DCW to Caregiver Bridge Training
For the CNA/DCW-Caregiver Bridge program, the cost of the program $365 + 3% transaction fee = $376 ($65 testing fee and $100 program registration fee included).
The total required training hours is 16 hours. All 16 hours are done online currently during the COVID 19 Pandemic, which includes lectures and self-study.
If you are a full-time student, you can finish the entire program in as little as 2 weeks. If you want to be a part-time student, you are given 2 month maximum to complete the entire program, which means you must show activity at least 1 time a week.
The prerequisite for the CNA/DCW-Caregiver Bridge program is to have a valid form of ID, a copy of your Social Security card, a valid CNA/LNA/DCW license in the state of Arizona, and an Arizona food handler’s card.
Topics you will learn:
- Medication Administration
- Diabetes & Insulin
Caregiver Bridge Course Structure
- Admissions: Create a profile here and pay tuition by calling our school or online.
*Enrollments are processed M-F 9am – 5pm*
- Step One: Orientation into your selected program.
- Step Two: Study & complete the medication curriculum.
- Step Three: Submit a copy of your food handler’s card + State Exam Application.
- Step Four: Take the state exam and pass!
The Difference Between a CNA & Caregiver
In Arizona, the CNAs work in hospitals where their scope of practice entails only taking vital signs, monitoring any changes in the patient, and assisting the patients with activities of daily living. CNAs are not allowed to administer medications, diagnose, and prescribe medications or treatments because that is the scope of practice for a nurse or doctor.
Caregivers, however, work in an assisted living facility or care home (for the elderly only, for our certification program). While they do everything a CNA does, such as obtain vitals and assist with ADLs, caregivers are most importantly able to assist in administering medications, give insulin injections, and test blood sugar levels.
“Why would a CNA/DCW want to become a Caregiver?”
Not only are caregivers high in demand, caregivers can eventually become managers or even start their own assisted living facility.