Semester hours required for graduation: 16
The Nursing Assistant program is one semester including 16 credit hours of combined nursing and general education courses. The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice with clinical nursing experience in the community practice setting at a long term care facility covering cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, general care of patients, and modern concepts of geriatric health care and nursing techniques. Through guided learning experiences, students provide nursing assistant care to patients with basic health needs. Students work as members of the health care field under the supervision of a clinical instructor, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and a registered nurse (RN). Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the Competency Exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Nursing Assistant 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, hospice, home health and Long term care facilities. Nursing assistants employed in healthcare facilities are often the principal caregivers and required to take temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure (vital signs). In addition, nursing assistant observe patients physical, mental and emotional conditions, and report changes to the nursing or medical staff. They also assist by answering patients call lights, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, Am, Pm Care, and help patients with meals and etc…
Criteria for Admission:
Once admitted into the program:
All Health forms, physicals, CPR, two step PPD, vaccinations, Background check, drug screen, uniforms, and waivers must be completed prior to orientation for clinical.
Criminal background check and Drug screen are non-refundable or non-transferable. Fees should be paid to the WTC Business Office.
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 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.
A “positive” finding on a criminal background check including but not limited to, an arrest, conviction, or no-contest plea could automatically exclude a candidate from being admitted or progressing through the 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 could 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 student from admission into a clinical site will lead to his or her removal from the program
Graduation times may vary according to course availability and or individual course load. Consult faculty Advisor.
ALL Courses in this program require a C or better for program progression and graduation.
ALL AHS require a 77% competency for program completion.
The admission Review Committee has final authority in determining admission to all Health Science programs.
A. Major Course: 16 Credit HoursAHS 102—Medical Terminology (3-0-3) AHS 106—Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1-0-1) AHS 117—The Care of Patients (2-6-4) AHS 136—Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (3-0-3) AHS 148—Special Topics in Geriatric Care (2-0-2) COL 103—College Skills (3-0-3)
Recommended Course Sequence
It is recommended that students contact their faculty advisor to lay out an appropriate course plan.
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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