Nurse Aides, also known as nurse assistants, nursing assistants, certified nursing assistants (CNA), geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies, or hospital attendants, provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Specific tasks vary, with nurse aides handling many aspects of a patient’s care. They often help patients to eat, dress, and bathe. They also answer calls for help, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and tidy up rooms.
Being a CNA is a great stepping stone to other healthcare professions, especially nursing. Becoming a CNA will not only teach students how to interact with patients, but it also will introduce them to the healthcare field so that they can determine if healthcare is the right career choice. CNA is the first step toward PCT.
This TCC may be completed in two semesters – starting anytime or in an accelerated format (7.5 weeks) during a mini-mester. Students who successfully complete the TCC may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP), which determines competency to become enrolled in the state nurse aide registry (CNA).
Nurse Aide Admissions Requirements:
- Must achieve regular admission status with the college
- Must be current on immunizations before clinical rotations begin
- Students may be required to successfully pass criminal background check and drug screen analysis before placements in clinical settings.
Nurse Aide completers are eligible to earn Patient Care Technician TCC. It is also a specialization within Health Care Assistant.