About the Program
The Nursing Assistant certificate will provide a foundation in health care careers, communication, soft skills, computers, and anatomy and physiology. Students will develop basic nursing skills required of nursing assistants in skilled health care settings, such as activity of daily living, vital signs, eating, elimination, and safety measures. Instructional methods will be varied including classr room, online/hybrid, simulation/virtual reality, and clinical rotations. Skills taught in this program are those listed as required for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination. Successful completion of this exam, along with listing on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry is required to work as a Certified Nursing Aide in South Carolina. The Nursing Assistant Certificate can be combined with the Cardiac Care Certificate and Phlebotomy Certificate to earn stackable, short-term, entry-level certificates in the health care arena.
Employment opportunities in South Carolina include positions in places such as hospitals, skilled nursing home facilities, long-term care facilities, hospice and home health care. Related careers include patient care technicians, personal care aides and rehabilitation aides/assistants.
Students must receive a grade of “C” or better on all Nursing Assistant certificate courses. Students must pass a final comprehensive exit examination to graduate from the program. Students may not repeat Nursing Assistant certificate courses more than once, nor may they progress to the next semester until that course is passed. Students may repeat only two Nursing Assisting courses.
Students will rotate through extended care facilities, hospitals and clinics in the MTC service area for practical experience in Nursing Assisting. Students will be required to comply with regulations required by off-campus clinical sites, which might include finger printing, background checks and drug screenings.
In addition to the college’s placement test and the specific admissions requirements for the Health Sciences department, specific interview eligibility criteria for the Nursing Assistant Certificate program include:
Acceptable Eligibility Criteria
Placement Test Scores: Must meet each criteria
- READING SCORE
- COMPASS; Pre-Algebra score is 25 or higher
- completion of MAT 032
- WSAMP (writing sample)
- completion of ENG 100
- Attendance at a mandatory Orientation session.
- Submission of a signed program declaration form
- Acceptable Criminal Background Check and drug screening results
- Satisfactory compliance with required medical physical and immunization requirements
- Current certification in First-Aid and CPR (American Heart for the Health Care Professional)
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