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Health Courses

HLTH 1110

Nursing Assistant

Credits: 3

Description: This course is intended to prepare the student to practice as Nursing Assistants and serve as an introduction to nursing for students who continue in nursing education. The integrated curriculum meets state and federal requirements. Students are introduced to the concepts of basic human need and learn to assist individuals in activities of daily living. Principles of body mechanics are emphasized. Selected common technical nursing skills are introduced. Successful completion of this course prepares the participant to take the state approved competency evaluation and seek employment in long-term care settings. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 1/2/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate career/computation skills.
  3. Demonstrate global/environmental perspective.
  4. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Describe the Federal and State Regulations.
  2. Discuss personal values with ethics and etiquette.
  3. Compare institutionalized care with individualized care.
  4. Describe basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs of human beings.
  5. Describe respecting resident cultural diversity and individuality.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication.
  7. Apply safety of the resident.
  8. Apply infection control measures.
  9. Obtain accurate vital sign measurements.
  10. Explain the responsibilities when obtaining vital signs.
  11. Demonstrate personal care skills.
  12. Demonstrate skills of activity and exercise.
  13. Demonstrate proper body mechanics when moving and lifting.
  14. Discuss nutritional and fluid needs.
  15. Demonstrate skills related to food and fluids.
  16. Demonstrate skills related to elimination.
  17. Discuss caring for residents with special needs.
  18. Demonstrate competence in the clinical setting.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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