Nursing Assistant Certificate (I-Best)

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Prepares the student for employment as a Nursing Assistant. The student must successfully complete classroom theory, nursing laboratory, and unit-based clinical instruction. The integrated nursing assistant program combines basic skills instruction with the health care curriculum.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate (I-Best)

Approx. # of Quarters: 2

Estimated Cost: $2,553.56

Admission Dates: Spring and fall quarters

Structured classroom curriculum includes introduction to long-term care, the role of the nursing assistant, working environment/safety, infection control/HIV/AIDS, special needs of the elderly and chronically ill, end-of-life issues and care, CPR, emergency care, basic nursing, restorative care, and body systems review. Additionally, students develop computer skills and prepare for employment search in the health field. The second quarter includes the nursing lab and unit-based clinical experience. During the laboratory experience, students will learn and be expected to practice and demonstrate all skills taught. The unit based clinical instruction gives the opportunity to continue to practice the skills received in classroom theory and laboratory environment and involves 60 hours of supervised instruction at a long-term care facility. Mandatory attendance is required for all nursing laboratory and clinical days. Scheduling of the unit based clinical portion of class is determined by facility availability.

Employability Requirement: Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible to sit for the State Certification Examination ─ the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam (NNAAP). Graduates must pass the NNAAP exam and meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Physical Activity: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Nursing assistants are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations. Students must be able to safely assist a patient in moving from a bed to a chair, commode, or cart. Students must sign an affidavit that they meet the physical requirements before they can be placed in a clinical setting.

Program Length: This program is approximately two quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of health insurance, all required immunizations, and evidence that the student has applied for the Nursing Assistant— Registered license through the Washington State Department of Health. Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Students must pass a criminal background check performed by the Washington State Patrol and DSHS and have a No Record on File report.

Students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This could include, but is not limited to, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, Hepatitis B series, Tdap (within the last 10 years), TWO-PPD/Tuberculosis Tests (the second PPD should occur 10-14 days after the reading of the first PPD), and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations should be submitted the first day of class, unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

The student must have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds. The student must be screened using the CASAS assessment to meet eligibility requirements.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
NAC 126 Nursing Assistant Theory I 3
NAC 131 Nursing Skills Fundamentals 4
NAC 133 Nursing Assistant Theory II 3
NAC 139 Unit-Based Clinical Experience I-BEST 3
  Total Credits for Completion 13