Nursing: Nursing Assistant
The Certificate program prepares students for employment as Nursing Assistants under the supervision of professional licensed nurses, such as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
This program prepares the student for employment to provide care for long-term care residents per the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) federal law. The Washington State Department of Health guidelines (nurse aide competency minimum requirements) for licensure are based on this law. Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the State Certification Examination - the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam (NNAAP).
The total number of hours to complete the course is 168 hours. There are three sections which must be completed per grade and skill proficiency. NAC 101 involves 65 hours of Nursing Assistant theory, which includes HIV/AIDS and CPR. NURS 104 includes 43 hours of Nursing Skill Fundamentals. NAC 103 includes 60 hours of Unit-Based Clinical Rotation, which involves professionally supervised shifts with hands-on care provided to residents in a long-term care facility, using the knowledge and skills acquired from NAC 101 and NURS 104. Scheduling of the Clinical portion of class is determined by facility availability. Attendance at all clinical instruction days is mandatory.
Prerequisites: Students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes Hepatitis B series plus positive titer, Tetanus or T-dap within last 10 years, 2-step TB screening, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or 1 injection and positive titer) and verification of immunity to Varicella. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and / or clinical facility policies. Immunizations must be presented on the first day of class.
In order to participate in the program, the student must receive a “No Record on File” report from the Washington State Patrol and DSHS.
Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of health insurance.
Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Nursing Assistants are often standing for long periods of time.
For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from bed to a chair, commode, or cart.
Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters
Application packets are available in Advising and Counseling Office. For additional information, contact Program Coordinator at (253) 589-5885.
Orientation: For additional information contact Program Coordinator at (253) 589-5885.
Nursing Assistant Theory
Unit Based Clinical Experience
Nursing Skill Fundamentals
Total Credits for Completion
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