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Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Semester hours required for graduation: 16
Required Compass Scores: 75-reading; 74-writing
Advisor: Heather Anderson

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 core courses.

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.


(Revised 5.23.13)




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