About CNA/DCW to Caregiver Bridge Training
For the CNA/DCW-Caregiver Bridge program, the cost of the program $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 1 month maximum to complete the entire program, which means you must show activity at least 1 time a week. Part-time students are given 1 month maximum to complete the program.
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.
Students create their own schedules within our hours of operation and within the minimum and maximum time of enrollment. We provide lectures and tutoring sessions for caregivers throughout the week. Please see your E-Learning calendar for scheduled lecture dates and times. The calendar is subject to change. If you are unable to attend a scheduled lecture, you may schedule a one-on-one tutoring session with your instructor.
The Friday before the state exams are mandatory review days to better prepare you for the State Exam. All other days are left for students to work on their assignments on our computers and to take many practice exams in preparation for their state exam.
Topics you will learn:
- Activities of Daily Living
- Care Team
- Legal and Ethical Issues
- Communication & Cultural Differences
- Infection Prevention
- Safety & Body Mechanics
- Medication Administration
- And much, much more!
CNA-Bridge Course Structure
- Admissions: Create a profile here and pay tuition by calling our school or online.
- Step One: Orientation into your selected program.
- Step Two: Study & complete the caregiver curriculum.
- Step Three: Submit a copy of your food handler’s card.
- Step Four: Fill out a student survey about your thoughts on the program, along with taking practice exams before you are scheduled to take the state exam.
- Step Five: 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 now 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.