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Care4you2, LLC, a State Tested Nursing Assistant School, opened in Walbridge at
409 N. Main St. on Dec. 1. The first series of classes will begin Monday, Dec. 14.
The Walbridge location is the third for the school, which also has sites in downtown Toledo and Sylvania.
The school offers training in basic medical practices, conducted by registered nurses, according to owner Diane Marx, LISW. Upon completion of training, graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion, which allows them to sit for the State Exam. Successful passage of the state test allows student to work as State Tested Nursing Assistants.
“Our program is certified by the state, in fact, our Toledo location is a state testing site,” she said. “We’re working toward making the Walbridge location a testing site as well.”
The program prepares students to provide care to people in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living apartments and hospitals, among other settings, Marx said, adding, “A lot of our students are in nursing school and it’s a requirement to have an STNA completed before doing a nursing clinical.
“A lot more of the therapies are requiring STNA certification – like occupational and physical therapy schools because it’s a very basic level introduction to the medical world,” she said.
“If you’re going to do anything in the medical world, the STNA program would be beneficial,” she said.
A variety of class schedules will be offered at the Walbridge location to meet prospective students’ schedules. “We’re required to provide a 75-hour program – 59 classroom and 16 clinical hours, but we typically give a little bit more,” Marx said.
Day classes will run in two-week sessions meeting Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sessions will start Jan. 4 and 18, Feb. 1 and 15 and March 1, 15 and 29.
Evening classes, which will run Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. for three and a half weeks, will begin Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8.
Weekend classes, which take five and a half weeks to complete, run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Sessions begin Jan. 9 and March 10.
All programs require 16 hours of clinical experience in addition to classroom work.
For those enrolling for classes in 2010, the program cost will be $325. “The fee also entitles students to choose a free CPR or first aid class or they can choose their 12 CPUs (continuing education units) for free,” Marx said, adding that program graduates will need to complete 12 CPUs a year to maintain their certification as an STNA.
Continuing education would be offered through “sister business,” Homewatch CareGiver, a non-medical home care company, Marx said. Homewatch, based in Sylvania, will also have a satellite office in Walbridge.
“I bought the Homewatch Caregivers franchise four years ago and two years ago, we decided to start an STNA program to ‘grow our own caregivers,’” she said.
“Our trained nurses/instructors are teaching and evaluating our students, so we know they’d do a great job in home care,” she said.
As a community service, care4you2 will offer free monthly blood pressure checks at the Walbridge location. Checks will be performed by students, under the supervision of registered nurses. Upcoming dates include Jan. 15, Feb. 12 and March 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Blood sugar level checks, CPR and first aid classes and a bereavement support will also be offered in Walbridge, Marx said.
For more information about care4you2, or to register, call 419-345-4269 or visit www.care4you2.net.
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