Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Nursing Assistant Education (clinical)

 Title Abbreviation:   NURSING ASSISTANT EDUC

 Department:    NURS

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2.5

 CIP:    513902

 EPC:    329

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

This is a State of Washington-Department of Health approved program for nursing assistant certified training. Students must arrive on time the first day/night of class and be in attendance at every class in its entirety. To receive the completion certificate, the student must pass the course and complete mandated classroom, lab, and clinical hours. After receiving the course completion certificate, the student can then take the state mandated written and skills test. The additional state fees for testing and endorsement are approximately $190.


Prerequisite: Current Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR card is required. A current TB test is required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 0

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 55

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic Nursing Assistant skills in the campus lab and clinical environment.
  2. Describe the Nursing Assistant role within the long-term care environment. Identify techniques of therapeutic communication.
  3. Identify ethical and legal behaviors and responsibilities of the Nursing Assistant. Show understanding of the basic types and functions of health care facilities.
  4. Discuss the importance of effective observation and communication skills, including proper use of medical terminology and abbreviations.
  5. Demonstrate proper safety and emergency procedures. Demonstrate the importance of proper body mechanics and proper positioning.
  6. Describe both physical and chemical restraints, OBRA regulations regarding the use, negative results of their use and alternatives.
  7. Identify infection control principles and techniques to prevent the spread of infection including, but not limited to, Hepatitis, MRSA, UTI's and various pathogens.
  8. Demonstrate all basic personal care skills prior to and during clinical rotation. (NACES list as minimal requirement)
  9. Show understanding of restorative skills, as well as environmental factors that promote an optimal level of client function, individualizing care to consider the individual's cultural, religious, diagnostic and developmental differences.
  10. Discuss alternative diets and the importance of proper nutrition, fluid balance, and bowel function.
  11. Discuss basic body systems and common disease processes, and required adjustments in care.
  12. Communicate understanding in caring for a resident and their family when death is imminent.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Basic Nursing Assistant skills related to physical and psychological needs. Nursing Assistant role and responsibilities within the long-term care environment.
  2. Therapeutic and nontherapeutic communication and the Nursing Assistant/client relationship.
  3. Ethical and legal behaviors and responsibilities. Basic types and functions of health care facilities.
  4. Effective observation and communication skills; proper safety and emergency procedures.
  5. Physical and chemical restraints and OBRA regulations; proper body mechanics and positioning.
  6. Infection control principles and techniques; basic personal care skills for clinical.
  7. Restorative skills, environmental factors, and considering the cultural, religious, diagnostic and developmental differences of the individual.
  8. Alternative diets, proper nutrition, fluid balance and bowel function; basic body systems and common disease processes.
  9. Caring for a resident and their family when death is imminent.