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Nursing Assistant



DELIVERY
Day and Evening

START
Summer, Fall or Spring Semester

CAMPUS
Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie Campus

OVERVIEW
HTC makes it easy to begin a career as a Nursing Assistant, with a course that is typically four weeks in length and prepares you to take the Nursing Assistant state exam - NURS1001. You’ll learn about concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum and basic personal care skills. Your training includes theory with skills demonstrated in a supervised laboratory setting and 24 hours of clinical care of selected adult patients in a long-term care setting. After successfully completing the course, you’ll be eligible to take the Minnesota Competency Evaluation for Nursing Assistants. Individuals who successfully complete this examination are placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. The NAR class is also a prerequisite to HTC ‘s Practical Nursing program.



A Starting Point

AWARD OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course candidates have the opportunity to earn national certification.  The candidate is then placed on the Minnesota Registry for Nursing Assistants.



LABS AND CLASSROOMS
Students use the skills lab daily to practice skills learned that day in the classroom.  Skills are demonstrated for students and students have opportunity to practice under direction of the instructor.  There are 54 skills to learn in the nursing assistant class.

SUPPLIES/TOOLS
Students will need to purchase a watch with a second hand to assist with taking vital signs of residents. Each student will be responsible to purchase a uniform and appropriate shoes for clinical experience.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Successful Completion of the course requires:
  • Attendance at all classroom and clinical sessions
  • Successful unit tests and skills exams
  • Satisfactory skills demonstration in Nursing Lab and Clinical
  • Ability to lift 25-50 #

Additional Information needed for this course:
  • Texts are available in Bookstore
  • Appropriate clinical uniform is required for clinical
  • Proof of being free of Tuberculosis within 90 days of clinical
  • Basic English reading and communication skills
  • All students are subjected to a criminal background study before clinical

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Individuals completing the program find career opportunities in long-term care facilities, home health care settings and hospitals.  Here Nursing Assistants utilize their training in areas of personal care in maintaining safe environments, effective communication, infection control practices, and secure environments.

JOB OUTLOOK
Enter a high demand field with potential for advancement in the health industry.  As the population continues to age and more people require nursing care, this will be a growing area of employment opportunities.  Nursing assistants work in a variety of settings including Home Care, Nursing Homes, Assisted Livings and hospitals.  Health Care is one of the fastest growing opportunities.

POTENTIAL JOB TITLES Nursing Assistant Registered

SALARY $11.00 to $15.00 depending on employer site

INSTRUCTORS
Mary Bohn RN MA BSN

Muriel Kruggel RN BSN

Leah Erickson RN BSN


ADVISORY COMMITTEE/PARTNERSHIPS
Both campuses are involved with area nursing homes which welcome students into their facilities to experience the nursing home setting.  These nursing homes are friends of HTC participating on Advisory Board Committees.


ACCREDITATION/AFFILIATIONS
Hennepin Technical College program for Nursing Assistants is surveyed by the Minnesota Department of Health every two years. In September of 2010 HTC received accreditation from the MDH  to continue the Nursing assistant program.  The program had no deficiencies and was again accredited for two years.

The Nursing Assistant course fullfils the requirements for Introduction to Nursing for many colleges throughout Minnesota.  All nurses begin with Introduction to Nursing regardless if they choose to  work as Nursing Assistants or continue in nursing in advanced practice.