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How do I get started?

  1. Complete and submit the Admission Application and pay full tuition fees OR complete and submit the Admission & Tuition Loan Applications Make checks are payable to: UAMS/Schmieding Center
  2. Submit two forms of identification; one form must include your photograph.
  3. Read the Student Guide and ask questions if necessary. (It is available online at http://www.schmiedingcenter.org/studentguide.pdf )
  4. Note any prerequisites or special course requirements.

Call 479-751-3043 x222 for more details.   Visit our calendar of events for a schedule of upcoming classes.  

Home Caregiver Training

The Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training is a unique program designed to teach you to care for an older adult in the home. Training is divided into four courses. Each course enables you to advance your caregiving skills and competency. Courses are taught by nurses and other health care professionals. The Schmieding curriculum fulfills the training requirements of the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care, Arkansas Medicaid Personal Care Training Program, Rules and Regulations for Home Health Agencies in Arkansas and Conditions of Participation: Home Health Agencies from the Federal Register.

Prices Effective January 1st, 2014

Elder Pal
In-Home Assistant (or PCA) (IHA, no prerequisite) $250

40 hours of fundamental caregiver training. Satisfies the training required by law for caregivers who are paid to provide care in the home of a person who is 50 years of age or older. The training provides a caregiver with the skills needed to assists in companionship, safety, and support to clients who need minimal supervision and assistance with daily living activities. Course is required to challenge the state CNA exam.

Alzheimer's & Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia (AD, no prerequisite) $150

16 hours of caregiver training emphasizing the needs and care of a person who has Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia including how to manage difficult behaviors, bathing without a battle, and interactive activities. This training has no prerequisites and can be taken independently of other courses. Course is required to challenge the state CNA exam.

Personal Care Assistant
Home Care Assistant (HCA, prerequisite IHA) $300

60 hours of caregiver training that builds on skills and concepts of other courses. The training prepares the caregiver for long-term care in the home or in a long term care facility. If AD has been completed, graduates of HCA are eligible to take the state CNA exam (not available from Schmieding Center). Course is required to challenge the state CNA exam.

Home Care Assistant
Family Care Advocate (FCA, prerequisite prior caregiver training) $200

40 hours of advanced caregiver training on chronic disease management and patient advocacy. Caregivers develop skills to prevent unnecessary admissions to a hospital, nursing home or other alternative care setting resulting in decreased health care cost and increased quality of the life for the client. The skilled caregiver will become an invaluable part of the clients health care team.

Learning Environment

Caregiving skills are taught in a home-like environment that prepares you to work in a home setting. Nurses and other health care professionals teach the courses and use a variety of teaching methods to enhance your learning experience. Class sizes are limited to 12 students per course so that each student is able to receive the individualized attention that they deserve.

Caregiver Directory

The Caregiver Directory is a list of graduates who are interested in providing home care. It serves as a link between a graduate of the Schmieding program and individuals who are seeking to hire a professionally trained caregiver. There is no cost to sign up; however, graduates are required to attend 12 hours of continuing education each year to remain on the directory. click here for caregiver directory

Other Training Locations

Find a Schmieding Home Caregiver training program near you:

Other locations in Arkansas: www.arcaregiving.org

Coming soon! Online distance education for Schmieding Home Caregiver Training!