The Mason Center receives generous gift
The Mason Center for Healthcare Education is a nonprofit named after healthcare supporters Bill and Janet Mason.
The education center offers both in-person and online classes across several healthcare disciplines. The Masons recently surprised the center with a $5,000 donation that will increase access to education for more students to start or further their healthcare careers.
The donation came on a lovely spring day in April 2023 during a celebration for Hillcrest Healthcare team member Tisha Dugger, who recently obtained her licensed practical nurse (LPN) certification through the support of continuing education programs at Hillcrest Healthcare.
The Mason Center offers state and nationally recognized certification programs for individuals who want to pursue or grow careers in the senior care industry, including skilled nursing, assisted living and long-term care fields. Students have access to real-world clinical experience and connection with potential employers, along with financial aid for those who qualify.
The center strives to reach high school students and adults who perhaps have never considered a career in healthcare. The certifications do not require students to have any background or previous experience in healthcare – they will get classroom or online instruction and clinical experience through the programs!
Certified nurse aide (CNA) students confirm the approach. “The Mason Center offers more than just the basics,” CNA student Barbara said. “It gives an in-depth look and feel into not only the job side of it, but also the residents.” CNA student Shaianna added, “The course was very informational and an eye opener about healthcare facilities and their real importance.”
Some of the classes available at The Mason Center include:
- CPR certification
- IV certification
- Certified nurse aide (CNA)
- Medication aide-certification (MA-C)
- Medical office
- Patient care technician
The CNA course is seven weeks and includes five weeks in the classroom and two weeks in a clinical setting. Students learn basic patient care and assistance skills, such as with activities of daily living and vital sign measurement. They practice supervised basic patient care in a clinical setting prior to completion of the program. When complete, students will be eligible to take the Tennessee CNA certification exam, and center staff will help students schedule the exam.
The healthcare industry needs qualified employees across many disciplines, and senior care is no exception. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about what a healthcare education or career may entail, please visit our website at themasoncenterknox.com and reach out to our team today!