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

  • 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 course spanning over a six-month period. After completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the nursing assisting certification exam. Clinical experiences are incorporated into the second half of the program. 

GCNA 011Health Care Communication for Whole Patient Care
GCNA 012Fundamentals of Nursing Assisting
GCNA 013Role of Nursing Assistant Working with Special Needs Patients
GCNA 014Professionalism and Preperation for Certification
RELT 101Jesus, Health, and Healing
AHCJ 124*Introductory Medical Anthropology
AHCJ 135*Essentials of Anatomy, Physiology, and Lab
HLCS 241*Medical Terminology

*Transferrable college units. Optional. 

Clinical Experiences

Students will participate in a minimum of 100 hours of clinical experiences. Practicum hours will take place at the SACHS clinic located on the same campus as San Manuel Gateway College. Additional clinical experiences may occur at the other local clinics.