348 hours, 1 term, 4 months
Maximum class size: 10
The Nursing Aide diploma program provides instruction in basic nursing assistant skills and principles of restorative care. The overall objective is to provide the training necessary to deliver caring service and respect to residents of a care facility. Students participate in a clinical experience. Nursing Aide is a Program of Study participant.
General Entrance Requirements
Students must be able to follow written and oral instructions, stand for extensive periods, walk, bend, push, pull and lift and carry 40 pounds. A basic knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and the use of fractions is essential. Students must have the desire and ability to learn to provide personal care such as feeding, bathing, dressing and toileting. Students must be able to read and understand complex instructional material in the areas of safety and the use of medical equipment. Students should possess good communication skills in order to convey patient information to others. Students must exercise good judgment, self-control, honesty, integrity, time management and decision-making skills. All students must successfully pass a criminal background investigation, have documentation of a physical examination (within the previous year) indicating no evidence of communicable disease and a negative Two step Mantoux test for tuberculosis prior to admission to the program.
Instructional equipment includes, but is not limited to, manual and electric hospital beds, patient mannequins, mechanical patient lifts, wheelchairs, computers and vital signs equipment.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in hospitals, home health nursing, hospice, private-duty care, attendant care, personal care homes and rehabilitation facilities. Graduates will be able to sit for the "Competency Evaluations for Nurses Aides in Pennsylvania" examination. Successful completion of the competency test meets Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (1987) regulations and will certify the graduate for entry-level employment in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.