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Nurse Assistant
Employment of nurse assistants is expected to grow at an extremely rapid rate in response to the long-term care needs of a growing and aging population. Modern medical technology has also increased the need to provide care to those who never fully recover. Nurse assistants provide a variety of support services for other health-care professionals. Their primary responsibility is to provide basic bedside care, such as bathing, making beds, taking vital signs, assisting in feeding, serving trays, answering call lights and ambulating patients.

Students successfully completing the first semester of this program are eligible to take the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Certified Nurse Assistant skills and written exam to be listed on the Texas Registry as a Texas certified Nurse Assistant.

In this program, students will learn to:

• Provide basic bedside nursing care
• Work with nurses, doctors and other coworkers
• Apply skills in clinical practice at a hospital or nursing home

Students must maintain a numerical average of 78 or better in each Nurse Assistant curriculum course to graduate from the program and receive the Certificate of Completion.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to admissions requirements listed under "Admissions Information," the applicant must complete an application to the program and interview with the Department Chair.

Clinical Entry Requirements

Before enrolling in clinical or cooperative study, a student must have on file with the department the following materials:

• Results of prescribed physical examination.
• Proof of required immunizations.
• Proof of liability insurance of at least $1 million, health and accident insurance and needlestick insurance (available through TSTC).
Certificate of Completion - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
HITT1305  Medical Terminology I23803
POFT1301  Business English * 30483
SPCH1318  Interpersonal Communication * 30483
TECM1301  Industrial Mathematics * 22643
Total Hours10524012
Semester 2
NURA1360  Clinical - Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide & Patient Care Assistant ° ‡ † 0152403
NURA1301  Nurse Aide for Health Care24963
Total Hours2193366
Grand Totals122457618
º This course has been designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high shools
‡ Course with external learning experience
* POFT 1301 or ENGL 1301
* TECM 1301 or MATH 1314
* SPCH 1318 or SPCH 1315


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