Nursing Assistant Certificate (12150.CO)
School of Allied Health and Public Safety
The Nurse Assistant program is offered during the Spring and Fall semesters for 18 weeks and the Summer semester for 9 weeks in Merced and Los Banos.
The course provides clinical instruction and practice of basic nursing skills required of nursing assistants employed in skilled nursing facilities and extended care facilities. The course emphasizes care of the older adult client which includes assistance with the activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, exercise, movement, eating, eliminating safety measures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rehabilitation techniques.
The Nurse Assistant program also provides clinical instruction. Students will practice skills in lab and then be assigned to assist clients in a skilled nursing facility. This training meets the *California Department of Public Health requirements for eligibility to take the Nurse Assistant certification examination.
The Nurse Assistant Program is approved by the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH).
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Licensing and Certification Program (L&C)
Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS)
MS 3301, P.O. Box 997416
Sacramento, CA 95899-7416
PHONE: (916) 327-2445
FAX: (916) 552-8785
The orientation is required for all perspective students. The orientation will provide the information needed to successfully complete the requirements and paperwork.
Program Requirements and Information:
Program requirements are covered in the mandatory orientation.
Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant Program, the student must pass the Certification Exam in order to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. The exam has been developed to meet the evaluation requirements of the federal and state Nurse Assistant competency evaluation legislation. The test is offered throughout the state. The test may be offered at Merced college upon completion of each training course.
The test consists of two parts: written and skills exam.
CPR card - Module A/C;
negative TB skin test or chest X-ray within past six months;
physical within past six months;
DOJ fingerprint clearance;
Penal Code violations clearance.
A statement of eligibility will be awarded upon the satisfactory completion of the following course.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
A. Evaluate the responsibilities of a nursing assistant
B. Distinguish safety hazards in described simulated clinical situations
C. Explain the need for good hand washing techniques
D. Choose good body mechanics used by self and others
E. Plan techniques needed to assist clients with activities of daily living
F. Plan techniques needed to assist clients with rehabilitation procedures
Students successfully completing the course listed above are awarded a Certificate in Nursing Assistant.
Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.
Program Core: (6 Units)
ALLH-63 Nurse Assistant
Total: (6 Units)