Day and night classes to create flexibility for students

BSCC, Kelley Health Services partner for CNA program


Bevill State Community College has announced a new partnership with Kelley Health Services to produce the next generation of certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

CNA Success: Building a Foundation will allow aspiring CNA's to take day or night classes through Bevill State and eventually earn their CNA certification. Kelley Health Services, the parent company of Ridgeview Health Services and Ridgewood Health Services in Jasper, will be the sites for clinicals. 

CNA's help patients and residents with healthcare needs, and they are supervised by a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. 

“This partnership will provide an opportunity for many interested in the CNA program by providing both a day program and a night program," Bonnie Barton, BSCC CNA coordinator, said in a press release from Bevill State. "For those working during the day, the night program is an option at two nights a week for nine weeks. The day program will provide an opportunity for completing the program in four weeks for those that can attend three full days a week." 

The program is a total of 88 hours (72 instructional hours and 16 clinical hours) and costs $1,175, which includes books and supplies, a background check and drug screening.

Some may be eligible for financial aid through WIOA, Vocational Rehab and VA, and some scholarships are being provided by Kelley Health Services.

The CNA night program will begin Tuesday, Jan. 29, while the day classes will begin Tuesday, Feb. 5. Classes will be held on the Sumiton campus of Bevill State.

“It is our pleasure to partner with Bevill State," Kelley Health Services President Joette Kelley Brown said in the release. "Bevill State is a leader in higher education, vocational and technology training, and this partnership offers strong support for our business by offering certified nursing assistant training to interested individuals in our community.”

According to the press release, participation in the CNA program could provide job opportunities with Kelley Health Services. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the typical median salary for a CNA is $27,520 annually.

“We are committed to providing a quality program that prepares CNA's for employment in a rewarding profession," Barton said. "This can be the first step in moving up to RN (registered nurse) and beyond. Many of our current RNs, as I did, began as a CNA and continued to work as a CNA while continuing their education.”

To register for the program, contact Barton with Bevill State at or 800-648-3271, ext. 5941. Students should be registered by Monday, Jan. 28.

This is not the first time Bevill State and Kelley Health Services have partnered on a project. In October 2017, the two entities partnered to grant six Bevill State nursing students scholarships to take their LPN certification test.

Students then worked at either Ridgewood or Ridgeview, while going on to pursue a degree in registered nursing.