9 Semester Hours
Nursing assistants - under the supervision of nursing and medical staffs - provide personal care and emotional support to elderly and acutely ill patients confined to hospitals, short-term intermediate facilities and long-term care institutions. They take temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure, as well as observe patients’ physical, mental and emotional conditions and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff. Assistants also answer patients’ call bells, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds and help patients eat. Nursing assistants employed in healthcare facilities are often the principal caregivers, having far more contact with patients than other members of the staff.
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Competency Exam for state certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Classes - (FALL or SPRING)
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
AHS 163 Long Term Care
ENG 160 Technical Communications (or higher)