Nursing care is concerned with the basic needs of individuals related to physical, mental, social, spiritual, developmental, and cultural areas of their life.  The Certified Nursing Assistant with appropriate education and clinical experience is capable of giving whole person nursing care under the supervision and delegation of the registered professional nurse in task which support nursing practice.

Program Objectives

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Maintain a proper whole person healing environment of the resident of the care setting.
  • Report and observe observations related to providing whole person care.
  • Provide assistance in personal hygiene.
  • Assist with body movement and ambulation to nurture rehabilitative and supportive care.
  • Assist with nutrition and elimination to nurture and maintain homeostasis within the resident.
  • Identify and provide assistance with emergency situations.
  • Assist the registered professional nurse in providing whole person care.
  • Communicate with residents, family, and health care team in an effective and positive manner.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the Certified Nursing Assistant program includes three quarters of courses, spanning over a nine-month period.  After completion of the three quarters, the student is eligible to write the nursing assisting certification exam. Clinical experiences are incorporated into the second and third quarter of the curriculum. 

010 - 099Multipurpose courses, but not generally applicable to a Baccalaureate degree.
100 - 299Basic lower division courses applicable to an Associate degree; may also apply to a Baccalaureate degree.

First Quarter

AHCJ 135Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
AHCJ 124Introductory Medical Anthropology
HLCS 241Medical Terminology
RELT 101Jesus, Health, and Healing
GCHC 010Introduction to Medical Assisting

Second Quarter

GCMA 011Health Care Communication for Whole Patient Care
GCMA 012Fundamentals of Nursing Assisting

Third Quarter

GCMA 013Role of Nursing Assistant Working with Special Needs Patients
GCMA 014Professionalism and Preparation for Certification