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Restorative Nursing Assistant Training in Arizona

The Arizona restorative nursing assistant is an advanced role for the CNA.  A restorative aide focuses less on direct nursing care and more on therapeutic care for residents. 

There are several residents and patients that will need physical therapy in order for them to be able to safely transfer themselves from the bed to the chair, chair to the commode or from a sitting to a standing position.

In Arizona most Certified Nursing Assistants are trained on the job to become a RCNA. Most nursing facilities will require that have been employed as a CNA for a minimum of 6 months to a year prior to enrolling in such a course.  There is however, one training center that offers this program. The Arizona Medical Training Institute in Meza has been offering this class for quite some time and meets the state requirements.  This is important for being able to find employment in the state. 

Duties Include
A Restorative Nursing Assistant in Arizona will be required to document the partaking of patients in scheduled therapy activities, their development, and any difficulties. In most nursing facilities the restorative CNA will be attending meetings with nurses and therapists to evaluate the residents progress and be involved in the planning of  coordinating activities to help residents improve ADLs.

One of the most exercises for residents you will be doing is ROM (Range of Motion) exercises.  ROM exercises are generally referred to as either active or passive.  Residents or patients who are immobile patients face the threat of pressure sores, will be in need of passive ROMs.  This is because these individuals are unable to perform the exercises themselves. In some of the less severe cases, where residents/ patients still some mobility, the exercises are more active-assisted.  The resident and restorative nursing assistant work at them together.

The duties of a restorative aide will include determining the condition of the adaptive equipment used such as walkers, gait trainers, and crutches.  You will be responsible for keeping this equipment clean and arranging for repairs or replacement of equipment when deemed necessary.

Some examples of self-help devices you will be working with include but limited to:

  • walkers
  • canes
  • shower chairs
  • grab bars on the side and the back of the bathtub or toilet
  • graspers or reachers to lift items up from the floor
  • special eating utensils to help the residents feed themselves
  • raised sitting chairs
  • raised toilet seats,
  • chair leg extenders

Arizona Restorative Nursing Assistant

Arizona Medical Training Institute
1530 N. Country Club, Suite 11
Mesa, AZ 85201
P: 480-835-7679

What are the RCNA program prerequisites:
  • Licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (RCNA candidates)
  • A desire to care for patients/residents/family members needing this level of care.

What are the RCNA completion requirements?:
Complete 16 classroom hours and 3 eLearning hours for 19 total hours
Score 75% or higher on course final exam.

How much does RCNA training cost?:
Course Tuition is $249.00 (includes all textbooks and lab materials and lunch on Saturday).