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The Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit is a State approved program which offers training to candidates that desire to become eligible for certification as a certified nurse aide. The program prepares students with classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences necessary to work in all health care facilities (e.g. nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, home health, etc.).
The standard curriculum for the Nurse Aide certificate program is designed for the semester system. The program can usually be completed in 1 semester during the daytime, but generally takes 2 semesters (terms) to complete at night. To graduate, students must earn 13 credit hours.
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
Curriculum Outline (13 hours)
Occupational Courses (13 hours)
(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens. A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of CPR/first aid card and training.
(Prerequisite: Program Admission)
A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.
(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission)
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
(Prerequisite/Co-requisites: ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1060)
Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes; responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patients condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and hands-on skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.