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    The demand for certified caregivers and nursing assistants is higher than ever. As a healthcare professional, you not only help patients manage health needs and everyday tasks, you’ll help them cope with the emotional challenges of social isolation.

    Frontline healthcare workers will remain in high demand for decades to come due to Arizona’s increasing older adult population. According to AARP, 10,000 Americans across the country turn 65 every day and will require the skilled care and support of trained healthcare professionals.

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    We’ve Helped Thousands of Students Launch Their Healthcare Careers!

    Since opening our doors nearly 20 years ago, the CareGiver Training Institute (CGTI) has educated and provided career coaching and job placement support to over 3,600 students who have made a difference in the lives of more than 250,000 people in need!

    CGTI is nonprofit organization with a reputation for excellence that has earned the trust of its healthcare industry hiring partners representing assisted living homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, hospice agencies, skilled nursing facilities, continuum care retirement properties, hospitals and surgical centers.

    The CGTI training programs feature:

    Hybrid online and in-person courses with extensive safety measures in place.
    Daytime, evening and weekend courses to fit your schedule.
    Skilled instructors who are dedicated to your success.
    Career coaching to prepare you to excel in the workforce.
    High-Quality Hybrid Online and In-person Courses:

    The Nursing Assistant class is 120 training hours and includes classroom lecture, skills lab training, and a clinical experience. This class prepares you to take the state exam and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

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    The Caregiver class is 62 training hours and includes classroom lecture and skills lab training. This class prepares you to take the state exam and become a Certified Caregiver.

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    This course trains the student as both a Nursing Assistant and a Caregiver and allows you to take both state exams to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and a Certified Caregiver.

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    This course is for a current Arizona CNA who wants to add the Caregiver certification. It is 16 training hours and prepares you to take the Certified Caregiver state exam.

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    The ALM class is 40 training hours of classroom learning and prepares you to take the state exams.

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    Caregiver & CNA Employment Settings

    Certified caregivers and CNAs are eligible to work in settings including:

    Assisted living homes
    Assisted living facilities
    Continuum care retirement properties
    Home health agencies
    Hospice agencies
    Hospitals
    Skilled nursing facilities
    Surgical centers
    Frequently Asked Questions

    We have classes starting often. Please email us at learnmore@cgtiaz.org or check our website for our next class calendar.

    No. While you do not need a GED or diploma to enroll, students are required to pass our entrance exam that tests for English comprehension and math skills.

    CGTI requires a background check, state issued photo ID, social security card and proof of residency to enroll in all classes. There are some classes that will require additional documentation such as negative TB screen, negative drug screen and a current fingerprint clearance card. Students are also required to pass our entrance exam that tests for English comprehension and math skills. You must be at least 18 years old to enroll. Please contact us at learnmore@cgtiaz.org for more information.

    While we do not offer in-house financial aid, we work with Pima County One Stop for students that need help with funding. We also accept sponsorships for students from employers, family or friends. If you need financial assistance please contact us at learnmore@cgtiaz.org and we will get you contact information for programs you may qualify for.

    No, all of our courses have a live instructor to lead you through classes. Lectures are currently being conducted virtually online and our skills classes are conducted in person on site. This hybrid learning experience ensures both safety and extensive hands-on learning to prepare you for state exams and successful employment.

    Yes, we have a variety of accommodating class schedules. Please contact us at learnmore@cgtiaz.org or check our website for the next class date and schedule.

    Certified caregivers and CNAs have similar job functions such as providing care and comfort to clients that cannot provide care for themselves.

    One difference is the amount of training and required education; CNAs need a minimum 120 hours of training. Caregivers need a minimum of 62 training hours.

    CNAs and Caregivers report to different boards. CNAs are under the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN), while Caregivers are under the Nursing Care Institution Board (NCIA).

    Another difference is the environment in which they work. CNAs typically work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. Caregivers typically work in assisted living and retirement communities where non-medical care is needed.

    Another difference is the scope of work and supervision. Nursing Assistants perform tasks assigned by a nurse. The assigned tasks include taking vital signs and assisting with personal care. Personal care includes hygiene, grooming and helping with elimination needs. Caregivers also take vital signs and assist with personal care. Included with these duties are medication administration.

    Most CNAs and Caregivers earn between $12-15 per hour. The average base salary for CNAs in Arizona is $14.91 per hour, and for Caregivers is $13.33 per hour (Indeed.com).

    For Caregivers you can expect to find work in assisted living facilities and retirement communities. There are even in-home positions for caregivers.

    CNAs can expect to work in hospitals, skilled nursing settings, rehabilitation settings, acute care settings, private home settings, private doctor offices and more. CNA is also a great start to a healthcare career path if you are interested in becoming a LPN or RN.

    Caregiver Course Cost: $700
    Cost includes enrollment, administration fee and tuition; a Student Kit containing blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and gait belt; all required textbooks, handbooks and manuals; eFoodHandler Card; and 1 NCIA State exam for Caregiver certification.

    Nursing Assistant Course Cost: $2,200
    Cost includes enrollment, administration fee and tuition; all required textbooks, handbooks and manuals; one set of scrubs; and 1 Arizona Board of Nursing State exam for Nursing Assistant certification.

    Dual Certification (Nursing Assistant and Nursing Assistant Bridge to Caregiver) Course Cost: $2,650
    Cost includes enrollment, administration fee and tuition; a Student Kit containing blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and gait belt; all required textbooks, handbooks and manuals; eFoodHandler Card; 1 NCIA State exam for Caregiver certification and 1 Arizona Board of Nursing State exam for Nursing Assistant certification.

    Nursing Assistant Bridge to Caregiver Course Cost: $450
    Cost includes enrollment, administration fee and tuition; a Student Kit containing blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and gait belt; all required textbooks, handbooks and manuals; eFoodHandler Card; and 1 NCIA State exam for Caregiver certification.

    Assisted Living Manager Course Cost: $950
    Cost includes enrollment, administration fee tuition, five manuals and 1 NCIA State Exam.

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