Nursing Assistant

4 credit Certificate program

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Program Description:
The Nursing Assistant course is designed to prepare the student for basic entry level employment in a nursing home, hospital, and other medical setting after successfully passing the registry exam. This course serves as an introduction to the nursing sequence for students who choose to advance in the nursing profession. Please note this certificate does not meet the minimum hour requirements for certification in Wisconsin.

Program outcomes include:
• Describe health care workers roles and responsibilities within a health care organization
• Describe basic human needs and how to assist someone meet those needs
• Describe appropriate communication techniques with residents/clients and staff, including reporting and recording methods
• Describe and demonstrate infection control principles/asepsis in facilities and home environments
• Demonstrate good body mechanics
• Demonstrate the appropriate steps of the 58 skills listed by the MN Nursing Assistant Competency
• Evaluation Program
• Describe Resident and Client Bill of Rights
• Demonstrate organizing time schedule in a facility and/or home environment
• Describe basic body systems
• Demonstrate accountability, civility, and responsibility for own professional behavior and development
• Identify emergency situations and implementation of appropriate procedures

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
NUNA14204Nursing Assistant/Home Health AideThis course introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum, and basic nursing skills. It is designed to prepare the student for entry level as a Nursing Assistant. In addition, the Home Health Aide component is designed to instruct students to apply basic nursing principles in caring for the client at home. This includes a mandatory 24 hour clinical component to be completed at a Long-Term Care facility. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is entitled to take the State Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Test Out. This test is required to be awarded a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate. This course meets the Federal OBRA and Minnesota Department of Health requirements. Prerequisites: Student must be able to successfully pass the Health Occupations Physical and State Background Study. (2 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Pre-Program Requirements:
Be able to pass a health occupations physical, including a Mantoux and a Minnesota background study.