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Danville - Sovah Health and Medical Solutions Academy (MSA) have launched a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Education Program to fill a regional workforce shortage for certified nursing assistants. The 5-week certificate program will help develop and retain regional talent and meet recruitment needs for the hospital.  In addition to earning a certificate, students will benefit from working while learning in paid positions. Classes and clinicals are currently only offered on our Danville campus, however, after completion of the program students will have a choice to work on either campus. Opportunities for clinical rotations on the Martinsville campus will ensue.

“Sovah Health values education and we are excited to be able to partner with Medical Solutions Academy to provide this education program to our community,” said Brian Bradley, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Sovah Health – Danville. “We are proud to be able to invest in a high-demand professional skill that will prepare these students for a career with endless opportunities to grow in healthcare.”

While Sovah Health has many CNA positions available, the market is extremely competitive throughout our local and extended area. Many healthcare facilities in the area have had a hard time recruiting CNAs, including nursing facilities, long term care facilities, and more. Therefore, MSA’s CNA Education Program in partnership with Sovah Health will aim to approach recruitment of these individuals from a different angle, hiring them before they complete the required training. This will effectively expand the applicant pool by attracting persons that may not currently have the resources to finance their own education or that see a healthcare career as being out of reach.

Sovah Health will financially cover 100% of the costs for the training program and examination fee, with the classes being held at the Medical Solutions Academy. The students will be in a classroom setting and/or completing clinicals at the hospital three days a week, while the remaining two days are spent completing classwork from home. The employee will be required to sign an 18-month commitment to Sovah Health after completing the program, before attending the course. Upon completing the program and the certification process, the new employee will transition to an open CNA position at Sovah Health. Classes and clinicals are currently only offered on our Danville campus, however, after completion of the program students will have a choice to work on either campus. 

Qualified candidates for the education program include individuals who have already earned a high school diploma. The education program will provide these students an opportunity to upgrade their skills with additional training, be considered for high-demand jobs, and give them an opportunity for growth in the medical field.