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November 21, 2013

MISSOULA – Missoula College University of Montana will offer a noncredit certified nursing assistant course this winter.

The training will take place Jan. 7-25 at the MC East Campus, located at 909 South Ave. W. and at Riverside Healthcare Center, located at 1301 E. Broadway. The course will prepare accepted students for careers in health care under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Curriculum includes first aid and CPR, training in providing or assisting in client care, use of equipment, documenting and reporting. The theory and clinical study will provide necessary information and skills needed in long-term, home-care and acute-care settings. Students also will prepare for and complete the Montana Department of Health State Competency CNA Evaluation Examination.

The first class will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cover CPR/first aid training. Nursing assistant lecture and clinical classes will continue from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 25, on Saturday Jan. 11 and from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25. Students are asked to bring their lunch.

The course costs $850, which includes the textbook, CPR/first aid fee, supplies and the state examination fee. Participants do not need to be enrolled UM or MC students and no previous academic experience is required.

The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 13, and payment is due Friday, Dec. 20. Application requirements include submitting a copy of current immunization records, initiating an online criminal background check, and submitting course fees. A maximum of 10 students are accepted into the program. Space is limited. To register, call Mary

 Opitz of the MC Outreach Program at 406-243-7812 or email


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Contact: Mary Opitz, UM Missoula College Outreach Department, 406-243-7812,