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Program Contacts

Program Director Nancy Bowers (928) 776-2252
Instructional Assistant Stephanie Kallam (928) 771-6122
Dean Scott Farnsworth (928) 776-2234

Quick Facts


About the Nursing Assistant Certificate

The Nursing Assistant Certificate program prepares students to work as nursing assistants and prepares them to take the state competency exams leading to certification.

Note: 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 is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To explore other financial aid opportunities, please visit the YC Answer Center.

 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Apply basic nursing assistant skills safely. (AHS114)
  2. Use restorative care skills and emergency procedures safely. (AHS114)
  3. Utilize infection control principles and procedures. (AHS114)
  4. Identify and report changes in the client's condition. (AHS114)
  5. Describe and protect client rights. (AHS114)
  6. Assist and promote client independence. (AHS114)
  7. Apply the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing assistant role. (AHS114)
  8. Employ effective written and verbal communication skills. (AHS114)
  9. Adapt to individual client behaviors and needs. (AHS114)
  10.  Adapt to the unique needs of the client with cognitive impairment. (AHS114)
  11.  Describe the role of the nursing assistant as a member of the health care team. (AHS114)
  12.  Explain basic body structure and function. (AHS114)
  13.  Identify the signs and symptoms of common diseases. (AHS114)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AHS114 Nursing Assistant

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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.

COURSE CONTENT:
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

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
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)

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