Nursing Assistant (HLTH 1402)

Nursing assistant with patient

Why Take This Course?

Nursing assistants play a crucial role in the healthcare industry, working in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, hospitals, community based long-term care, correctional institutions, and other long-term care settings. Nursing assistants help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks.

Students will be introduced to concepts of basic human needs for a variety of populations (with emphasis on the geriatric population), safe environment, emergency measures and basic nursing skills. Skills are performed in a supervised laboratory and in the clinical setting.

Skills Acquired

  • Summarize acceptable behavior which complies with the Resident Bill of Rights, Vulnerable Adult Act, ethics and etiquette
  • Demonstrate effective communication and observation skills through conversation, active listening and gathering of facts related to resident care
  • Recognize and demonstrate appropriate resident unit order to meet safety needs of the resident and staff
  • Examine the importance of adequate food and fluid balance with elimination

Demonstrate safe care of the resident when meeting their basics needs during activities of daily living

Career Choices for Nursing Assistants 

Types of Careers

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient/Personal Care Attendant
  • Caregiver

Potential Employers

  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospitals

Projected Job Growth

There is a nursing assistant shortage at this time. After becoming a nursing assistant you will have immediate employment opportunities, eligible for sign on bonuses and most expenses acquired during the class can be reimbursed if working at an eligible long term care facilities and board certified home care agencies for 3 months. 

Degrees & Certificates

After completing and passing the nursing assistant course you will be eligible to take the state test to be on the nursing assistant registry. 

Important Items to Know About the Nursing Assistant Class

  1. All students will need to purchase and bring the following items to the first day of class: Nursing Assistant Text Book, Skills Book, Forms Packet, and Supply Kit. These items are to be purchased at the Bookstop, located on campus. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30am – 5:00pm.
  2. The student must be present for all scheduled course hours. The class is driven by the Minnesota Department of Health and requires the student to be present for the required 75 hours. (Some classes may have extra clinical hours built into the schedule to ensure all students are able to complete all mandatory skills during the clinical experience). St. Cloud Technical and Community College monitors and records class time carefully. By participating in this class, it is important you attend every scheduled class and clinical. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade.
  3. All students are required to complete and pass a State Background Study. A driver’s license, state identification card, or passport is required. Please bring this with you, as this will be conducted on the first day of class. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the Department of Human Services at: 651-296-3971651-296-3971.
  4. Mandatory clinical rotations will take place at one of the local nursing homes in the St. Cloud area. Clinical rotations occur toward the end of the course schedule. Please be aware that the following items must be completed prior to the clinical experience:
    1. A passing background study has been submitted and received by the school.
    2. Proof of Immunization requirements (as mandated by clinical sites) that include:

      1. Negative Mantoux Skin Test (or negative chest x-ray if positive Mantoux Skin Test was noted) within 90 days of clinical experience.

      2. MMR Immunity (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): must have two doses of MMR vaccine, or MMR titer indicating immunity.

      3. Varicella Immunity (Chicken Pox or Shingles): must have two doses of Varicella vaccine, or Varicella titer indicating immunity, or medical statement or dictation note from healthcare provider of clinic visit when student was seen and diagnosed.

    3. All theory hours and skills have been completed in class.
    4. Students are required to wear a uniform consisting of scrub pants, scrub shirt, and white closed toe, clean tennis shoes.
    5. (These items will be further discussed on the first day of class)
  5. Formal communication between the instructor and students regarding class information occurs on the Desire2Learn (D2L) and SCTCC email systems. If you have any questions or are unsure how to access these, please contact the student computer help desk at 320-308-6445 for assistance.

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Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303