Nursing Assistant

120 Hours: 6 Weeks
Credential Issued: Diploma

Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant Program, graduates will possess the skills and hands on experience to become Nursing Assistants. Upon completion of this program students will have the technical and clinical skills to apply and sit for the State of Florida Board of Nursing Certification exam to qualify as a Certified Nursing Assistant and seek employment. Upon successful completion of the program and meeting all course requirements and financial obligations the student will be issued a diploma.

The Nursing assistant program is designed to train students in all the relevant aspects of long term patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Completion of this program prepares students to sit for Certification as a Nursing Assistant program students will be able to:
Use basic math and science skills, demonstrate effective verbal and written communication, explain job related legal and ethical responsibilities, provide emergency care, explain basic human anatomy and physiology, perform physical comfort and safety functions, provide personal patient care, perform basic nursing procedures, use basic principles of nutrition in meal preparation, provide care for geriatric patients, apply the principles of infection control, provide biological, psychological, and social support. Perform organizational skills, demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases, including AIDS.

The student must be 18 years old and have health clearance.


Course # Course Title Theory Lab/Clinic Ext. Total Hours
HHNA 101 Medical Law and Ethics 4 4
HHNA 102 Communication 4 4
HHNA 103 Anatomy/Medical Terminology 10 10
HHNA 104 Physical Confort/Safety 6 6
HHNA 105 Personal Care 8 8
HHNA 106 Patient Care Procedures/ Dementia Management/ Elder Abuse 8 8
HHNA 107 Principles Of Nutrition 4 4
HHNA 108 Bio-Psycho-Social Support for Geriatric Clients 5 5
HHNA 109 Principles Of Infection 3 3
HHNA 110 Laboratory 24 24
HHNA 111 Externship Hours 40 40
Totals 57 24 40 120
- Mosby's Essentials for Nursing Assistants, 8th Edition, By Sheila A. Sorrentino, RN, MSN, PhD; Leighann Remmert, BSN, RN and Bernie Gorek, BS, MA, Imprint: Mosby, ISBN: 978-0-323-08067-5, Copyright: 2012
- Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 6th Edition, By Davi-Ellen Chabner, BA, MAT, Published by Saunders Books, copyright 2012
- Videos:
The Bloodborne Patogen Standards; Community CPR/OSHA requirements for Bloodborne Patogens; HIV/Aids Update; Dining Skills; Tuberculosis; Protection for Health Care Workers; Elder Abuse and Neglect; Communication with Alzheimer’s and Patients with Aphasia; How to Manage Medication; CNA Today: The Patient Perspective; #1 and #2 Infection Control; How to Manage Someone Who Uses a Wheelchair without Hurting Yourself; Fire Safety; Fall Prevention; Lifting and Moving Techniques; Communication; Cultural Competence; How to Care for someone on Bed Rest.

Tuition & Fees
Tuition and other registration fees are due on or before the last day to register for any given semester. Students should consult the Academic Calendar regarding the registration deadline. Students will not be officially enrolled in Healing Hands Institute until all fees are fully paid. Any students owing money to Healing Hands Institute, regardless of the debt, will not be permitted to register.
The selection process of Healing Hands Institute will allow for admission of students on the basis of the applicants’ academic credentials in addition to a review of all the information contained in the application, both academic and personal. For that reason, applicants may also submit letters of recommendation in order to give Healing Hands Institute a complete picture of the applicant, as a student and as a person.
Admissions requirements to specific graduate programs may vary – students should refer to the program descriptions found in the Catalog for additional information.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Institute. An applicant’s total undergraduate record including grades, educational objective and pattern of courses completed, as well as personal and professional goals will be considered.

Payment Methods
Financial Aid Advisement
The school is not accredited or approved for Title IV funding. The school does not offer Financial Aid. The admissions representative provides information about payment plans. Advisement includes determining if the individual wants to pay in full or make a deposit and pay the balance in installments. Tuition and fees may be paid by credit card, check, or money order at the Administration Department. On or before the last day of the Registration Period, the students should have either
Paid in full; or paid a deposit of $100.00 or more and elected to participate in the Payment Plan that allows students to pay in installments. Those students who choose to pay in installments during the semester must do so according to the Payment Plan, with a minimum deposit of $100.00 and the rest paid in installments with no interest charges, payable on Installment Due Dates, as set forth by each individual student. All installments must be paid one month prior to the end of the semester. All late payments will have a penalty of $25 late fee charge to the account.

Course Wheel

The student will distinguish between fact and fallacy about the transmission and treatment of diseases caused by blood borne pathogens including Hepatitis B. Identify community resources and services available to individuals with diseases caused by blood borne pathogens. Identify “at risk behaviors which promote the spread of diseases caused by blood borne pathogens and the public education necessary to combat the spread of these diseases. Apply infection control techniques designed to prevent the spread of diseases caused by blood borne pathogens to the care of all patients following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Demonstrate knowledge of the legal aspects of AIDS, including testing.
The student will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior within the role and scope of nursing assistant responsibilities. Follow policies and procedures affecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of patients in the home setting. Recognize and report signs of substance abuse. Follow legal guidelines in charting. Exhibit behavior supporting and promoting resident’s rights.
The student will obtain specified data from patient and family. Utilize verbal and written information to contribute to the patient’s plan of care. Demonstrate use of the intercom.
The student will be introduced to the structures of the body and its functions. The student will be able to define the medical terms used in healthcare and meanings.
The student will maintain patient units in the home. Adjust bed and side rails. Transfers patient, using mechanical lifters. Turn and position patient. Apply protective devices as directed (e.g. Vest or belt). Apply comfort devices as directed (e.g. Footboard, over bed cradle, alternating pressure mattress). Assist patient in ambulation, including the use of crutch, cane, or walker. Assist patient to dangle. Assist patient with care and use of prosthetic/orthopedic devices. Administer back rub. Identify emergency evacuation procedures with adaptations to the home setting.
The student will demonstrate giving the patient a bed bath. Assist with shower or tub bath. Assist patient with sink, tub, shower, or bed shampoo. Shave patient. Groom patient, including hair, skin, foot, and nail care. Assist with and/or administer oral hygiene. Assist patient with toileting. Assist patient to dress. Feed and/or assist patient with meals.
The student will make unoccupied/occupied bed. Assist patient in passive range-of-motion exercises. Apply antiembolic hose. Collect, strain, and/or test routine urine specimen. Monitor catheter drainage system. Monitor fluid intake and output (I&O) including forcing and restricting fluids. Observe record and report patient’s emesis. Assist patient with ostomy care. Collect stool specimen. Care for patients receiving oxygen therapy. Recognize sign and symptoms of dementia in patients. How to deal with a patient suffering with dementia. Recognize signs and symptoms of elderly abuse. How to report elderly abuse.
The student will identify nutrients and food groups. Explain regional, cultural, and religious food preferences. Describe special diets. Follow patient’s diet. Identify methods of maintaining fluid balance.
The student will identify safety principles, as related to the elderly. Describe general characteristics, particular needs, and problems of the elderly. Identify attitudes and living habits that promote positive mental and physical health for the elderly. Distinguish between fact and fallacy about the aging process. Identify community resources and services available to the elderly. Apply Reality Orientation Techniques and validation Therapy. Provide and involve patients in diversion activities. Identify common alterations in an elderly patient behavior provide care for patients with special needs (e.g, impaired hearing, impaired vision, immobility, and impaired body functions, cognitively impaired (dementia). The student will discuss family and significant other roles and their significance to health. Respond to patient and family to significant emotional needs.
The student will provide care for patients with infectious diseases in the home. Follow isolation procedures with food tray, garments, and other materials in the home. Utilize universal (standard) precautions in all home care.
The student will practice the procedures and techniques of care in the laboratory school under the instructor supervision. Complete assignments accurately and in a timely manner
Prerequisite: HHNA 100, HHNA 101, HHNA 102, HHNA 103, HHNA 104, HHNA 105. HHNA 106. HHNA 107, HHNA 108, HHNA 109, HHNA 110
Translation: A student must take HHNA 100, HHNA 101, HHNA 102, HHNA 103, HHNA 104, HHNA 105. HHNA 106. HHNA 107, HHNA 108, HHNA 109, HHNA 110 before taking HHNA111
The student will practice the procedures and techniques of care to be provided to the patients in the healthcare facility, under the instructor supervision. The student will be able to practice and perform the care with patients in a healthcare facility accordingly to the skills and knowledge learned at the school. This session of the training will be supervised by a healthcare professional from the healthcare facility and under the supervision of the assigned educator.
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