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Nursing Assistant – Diploma Program

Nursing Assistant – Diploma Program

120 Clock Hours

5 Week Program

Mode of Delivery: Campus


The content includes, but is not limited to, interpersonal skills, medical terminology, legal and ethical responsibilities, safe and efficient work, gerontology, nutrition, pet-facilitated therapy, health and safety including Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – heart saver level, and employability skills. Prior to any direct contact with a resident the Nursing Assistant Program shall require that the student receives a minimum of 16 hours of classroom instruction in communication and interpersonal skills; infection control; safety/emergency procedures, including the Heimlich Maneuver; promoting resident’s independence; and respecting resident’s rights. All students must attend at least 40 hours of clinical instruction, 20 hours of which must be in a licensed nursing home or licensed long-term care facility.


Program Objective:


Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant program graduates will be able to:

  1. Seek entry level employment as Nursing Assistants with clinics, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and other healthcare practice facilities. 

  2. Describe the organization of healthcare facilities and the roles of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. 

  3. Identify the responsibilities of the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and nursing assistant in a variety of settings. 

  4. Apply nursing assistant theoretical knowledge in providing basic healthcare services. 

  5. Perform essential nursing assistant clinical skills. 

  6. Use accurate and appropriate communication with members of the healthcare team. 

  7. Employ ethical and moral behaviors, and the characteristics of honesty, responsibility and caring in the provision of patient/resident care. 

8.   Carry out and follow up on patient/resident care tasks as delegated by the nurse




HAE 100

HIV/AIDS Education

4 Theory Hours/0 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/4 Clock Hours

This course is designed to provide the necessary information concerning HIV/AIDS and the medical worker. Students will learn the history of HIV/AIDS, procedures and protocols required for caring for HIV/AIDS patients, the pathology of the disease and the expectations, objectives of clinical management that is standard for HIV/AIDS patients.


CPR 100

CPR-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1 Theory Hours/3 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/4 Clock Hours

This course will prepare students with emergency procedures in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Upon successful completion of the course and passing the tests, students will be certified in CPR.


HSC 101

Basic Anatomy & Physiology & Medical Terminology

26 Theory Hours/0 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/26 Clock Hours

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic anatomy and physiology. Students will develop a basic understanding of the major body systems, their structure and function, and related pathologies of diseases. Students will also develop their medical terminology skills in this course.



HSC 102

Safety, Sanitation, and Emergency Procedures

2 Theory Hours/4 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/6 Clock Hours

This course is designed to provide safety, sanitation and emergency skills in the context of the Nursing Assistant. Students will learn to identify emergency situations from possible adverse pharmaceutical reactions, to cardiac arrest. Students will learn to survey each setting in which a patient is located in order to assess safety, and practice sanitation skills.


HSC 103

Law and Ethics in Patient Care

4 Theory Hours/0 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/4 Clock Hours

Students will learn the laws which govern patient care and the role of the Nursing Assistant. Students will learn about the requirements for their career path and the laws that govern the work setting of the Nursing Assistant. Students will also learn the ethical responsibilities of the Nursing Assistant.

NAT 100

Patient Care Procedures for Nursing Assistants

4 Theory Hours/4 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/8 Clock Hours

In this course students develop the skills to perform patient care procedures, such as ambulation, output measurements, patient positioning, range of motion exercises, personal care, bed making, taking vital signs, and other important functions and procedures required in patient care.


NAT 101

Post-Operative Care

3 Theory Hours/3 Lab Hours/ 6 Clock Hours

This course is designed to help students understand the needs of post-operative patients. Students will learn the standard protocols, physical care and comfort, appropriate communication with post-operative patients and their families.


NAT 102

Rehabilitative & Geriatric Care

12 Theory Hours/10 Lab Hours/0 Externship Hours/22 Clock Hours

Students will learn the process, techniques and procedures involved in rehabilitative care. Students will learn their role in the process of rehabilitation. This course also provides training in geriatric care. Students will learn communication techniques and real world circumstances involved in caring for the elderly.


NAT 103

Nursing Assistant Externship

0 Theory Hours/0 Lab Hours/40 Externship Hours/40 Clock Hours

Students will have the opportunity to work in a Nursing Care Facility where they will gain exposure to real life care giving experiences. Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, students will have hands on opportunities to apply skills which complete the educational experience of a Nursing Assistant. The home health experiences will be observational only. The student will have an opportunity to compare the variations in the provision of care in the patient’s home and in an institutional setting.




Nursing Assistant Program Exit Information


Nursing Assistant review for certification test is offered at no additional cost to the students and assistance in completing the application for examination. Career opportunities are explored and it is reinforced that Nursing Assistant duties cannot be performed prior to certification.

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