The Nursing Assistant Certificate program prepares students to work as nursing assistants and prepares them to take the state competency exams leading to certification.
AHS 114 requires an application with the following documentation: Skin test or chest x-ray negative for TB, or equivalent within 12 months; current DPS fingerprint clearance card; and CPR for the Healthcare Provider. Must be at least 16 years old.
This certificate program is not Financial Aid eligible.
Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Certificate program, the learner will be able to:
AHS 114. Nursing Assistant (5). Preparation for the role of a nursing assistant in a long term care facility. Basic nursing assistant skills and emergency procedures; client needs and rights; written and verbal communication; ethical and legal aspects; safety and infection control. Includes classroom and clinical instruction. Application required with the following documentation: Skin test or chest X-ray negative for TB, or equivalent within 12 months; current DPS fingerprint clearance card and CPR for the Healthcare Provider. Must be at least 16 years old. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Four lecture. Three lab.
1. Communication, interpersonal skills and documentation
2. Infection control
3. Safety and emergency procedures
4. Client independence
5. Client rights
6. Abuse, mistreatment and neglect
7. Basic nursing assistant skills
8. Age specific mental health and social service needs
9. Cognitively impaired client care
10. Basic restorative care skills
11. Role as a health care team member
12. Legal aspects of nursing assistant practice
13. Body structure and common diseases
1. Apply basic nursing assistant skills safely. (7, 10)
2. Use restorative care skills and emergency procedures safely. (3,10)
3. Utilize infection control principles and procedures. (2)
4. Identify and report changes in the client's condition. (1, 3, 6, 8, 9,13)
5. Describe and protect client rights. (5,6)
6. Assist and promote client independence. (4,10)
7. Apply the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing assistant role. (5,6,11,12)
8. Employ effective written and verbal communication skills. (1,7,9)
9. Adapt to individual client behaviors and needs. (1,3,7-10)
10. Adapt to the unique needs of the client with cognitive impairment. (9)
11. Describe the role of the nursing assistant as a member of the health care team. (11, 12)
12. Explain basic body structure and function. (13)
13. Identify the signs and symptoms of common diseases. (13)