Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Semester hours required for graduation: 16
Nursing assistants, under the supervision of nursing and medical staffs, provide personal care and emotional support to elderly and/or acutely ill patients confined to hospitals, short-term intermediate facilities and long-term care institutions. Nursing assistants employed in health care facilities are often the principal caregivers and are required to take temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. In addition, nursing assistants observe patients’ physical, mental and emotional conditions, and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff. They also assist by answering patients’ call bells, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and help patients eat.
The nursing assistant curriculum covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, general care of patents, and modern concepts of geriatric health care and nursing techniques in the long-term care setting. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Competency Exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). A grade of ‘C’ or higher is required in all courses.
A. Major Course: 16 Credit Hours
AHS 117—The Care of Patients (2-6-4)
COL 103—College Skills (3-0-3)
All Courses in this program require a C or better for program progression.
All AHS courses require a 77% competency for program completion.
The Admission Review Committee has final authority in determining admission to all nursing programs.
Criminal Record Check: All direct caregivers must obtain a criminal record check as designated by clinical agencies. Persons convicted of or pled no contest to, including, but not limited to child or adult abuse, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon, neglect, or mistreatment or misappropriation of property, are not permitted to work as direct caregivers. More stringent requirements are often enforced by individual clinical agencies. Students who have convictions as described above will not be allowed to attend clinical agencies.
A “positive” finding on a criminal background check including, but not limited to, an arrest, conviction, or no-contest plea will automatically exclude a candidate from final admission to the nursing program.
Candidates with any criminal history are responsible for having their records expunged prior to the running of a background check. Failure to do so and resulting “positive” finding will exclude that candidate from final admission to the program since that candidate will be ineligible to participate in clinical rotations. Candidates may reapply the following year after their record has been expunged.
At any point in the program, a “positive” finding in a drug test that excludes a nursing student from admission into a clinical site will lead to his or her removal from the program.
Tuition and book costs reflect the projected cost of the complete program.
Graduation times may vary according to course availability and/or individual course load. Consult faculty advisor.
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Recommended Course Sequence
It is recommended that students contact their faculty advisor to lay out an appropriate course plan.
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