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Iowa Valley Continuing Education Introduces “Prepare to Care” Class

Iowa Valley Continuing Education introduces a new course, Health Support Professional – Prepare to Care, designed to provide foundational knowledge and an introduction to the healthcare profession.

“This class is a great way to teach fundamentals to our students. With successful completion of this class, students will be able to work in a care facility,” said Robin Carmichael, Health Education Coordinator. “Students can complete the robust coursework and pass without the clinical training requirement, speeding their time to employment.”

Upon completion, a student is eligible to take the Health Support Professional competency test and/or “Challenge” the written and skills performance competency tests to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Iowa.

Robin Carmichael has been a part of the review committee with the University of Iowa, Dr. Anita Stineman, and test development for HSP since 2014. With the Department of Labor Greer Sisson, in 2016, Carmichael assisted with the development of the first national registered apprenticeship program for nurse aide with this curriculum. Carmichael has also taught with this curriculum at Ottumwa Job Corps for 8 years. Students who have taken this coursework have been successful taking the Nurse Aid exam, even without the clinical experience.

The initial class will begin September 9 at the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Center in Marshalltown. Look for additional classes to be held at Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Grinnell, and Ellsworth Community College locations.

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