This certificate may lead to employment competency but does not lead to an Associate degree.

Provides theoretical and clinical laboratory components of state-mandated curriculum required to take the state certification examination for nursing assistants. Complies with federal regulations for preparing healthcare workers in long-term care settings. Focuses on the role, performance and responsibilities of nursing assistants (NAs) as members of the healthcare team. Requires evaluation of clinical performance through demonstrated competence on identified skills.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Provide quality, safe, patient-centered care as designed by the state-mandated theory and clinical modules.
  • Demonstrate appropriate ethical, legal and professional principles while implementing the nursing assistant (NA) role.
  • Perform the duties of the certified nursing assistant under the leadership of a licensed vocational or registered nurse.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors through nursing assistant skills that positively influence health outcomes and displays sensitivity to the values of others.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Begin to use critical thinking principles to recognize and report impending emergencies in the role of the nursing assistant.
  • Utilize technology to perform designated tasks and skills.
Required Courses (6 or 9 units) Units
NNA-80 Nursing Assistant Training Program (NATP) 6
NRN-11 Foundations of Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan 8.5
NRN-11A Nursing Learning Laboratory .5