Nursing Assistant: Career Diploma Description

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In addition to preparing you for work as a nursing assistant, nursing assistant programs prepare you for work as nurses' aides and home health aides. Typical course titles include Basic Nursing Assistant, CPR, Home-Health Aide Theory, and Infection Control among others. Please read on to find out more.
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Why Earn Your Nursing Assistant Diploma?

Are you a caring person who wants to help others? Are you emotionally stable? Do you have a desire to start a better career? If you answered 'yes' to these questions then you might enjoy a career as a nursing assistant. Most nursing assistant programs are certificates, which train you to be licensed in the state you intend to work in. Thus, nursing assistants are often called CNAs (Certified Nurse Assistants). Other programs prepare you to transfer into other nursing programs such as a Registered Nurse (RN) program.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook

Several job opportunities are available upon completion of the program: nursing assistant, nurse's aide, and home health aide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, the occupation of nursing assistant (of which nurse's aide is included in) is projected to grow faster than average. The occupation of home health aide is projected to grow much faster than the average occupation.

Salary Information

According to Salary.com, the average nursing assistant (and nurse's aide) earns $25,414 annually as of July 2007 reportings. The average entry-level home care aide (home health aide) earns $20,021 annually.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

In addition to lecture courses, some programs require you to attend clinical activities at healthcare facilities. The following list of courses represents typical courses you will encounter in a nursing assistant program:

  • Basic Nursing Assistant
  • CPR
  • Home-Health Aide Theory
  • Infection Control
  • Hospital Nursing Assistant
  • Introduction to Healthcare
  • Body Structure and Function

Skills You Will Learn

When you apply what you have learned in the nursing assistant program, you benefit not only yourself by obtaining employment, but you also benefit those who need it most-your patients. Nursing assistant programs teach you the following skills:

  • Know the safe, correct, and current implementation of nursing duties
  • Communicate effectively with patients, patients' families, and other healthcare personnel.
  • Act in an ethical manner when dealing with all patients

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult - Gerontology Practitioner
      • M.S. in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Science - DNP Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
    Certificate
      • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
      • Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Strayer University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Health Services Administration: Clinical Care Management
      • Master of Health Services Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Health Services Admin Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Nursing With a Concentration in Family
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Education
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
      • MS in Nursing: Generalist
      • MS in Healthcare Administration
      • MSM in Healthcare
      • MS in Nursing: Patient Quality and Safety
      • MSN in Nurse Educator
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • BS Business Admin w/conc in Healthcare Administration
      • BS Health Science
      • BS Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
      • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    Master's
      • M.S. Nursing - Primary Care
      • M.S. Nursing - Associate to Master's - Nursing Administration
      • M.S. Nursing - Nursing Administration (Post-MBA)
      • M.S. Nursing and Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Health Care Administration
      • M.S. Nursing - Associate to Master's - Nursing Education
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Nursing - Post Licensure (RN-BSN)
      • B.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
      • B.S. Healthcare Administration
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
    Certificate
      • Post-Master's Certificate - Primary Care
      • Post-Master's Certificate - Nursing Administration
      • Post-Master's Certificate - Nursing Education
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Health Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)
      • BA/Gerontology
      • BS/Health Information Management
      • B.A. - Health Care Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    10. University of the Southwest

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Healthcare Management

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

Strayer University

  • Master of Science in Health Services Administration: Clinical Care Management
  • Master of Health Services Admin
  • Bachelor of Business Admin: Health Services Admin Concentration

What is your highest level of education completed?

Herzing University

  • Master of Science - Nursing With a Concentration in Family
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Diploma: Medical Assisting

What is your highest level of education?

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
  • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)

What is your highest level of education?

Southern New Hampshire University

  • MS in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MS in Nursing: Generalist
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • BS Business Admin w/conc in Healthcare Administration

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • M.S. Nursing - Primary Care
  • B.S. Nursing - Post Licensure (RN-BSN)
  • A.S. General Studies - Life Sciences
  • Post-Master's Certificate - Primary Care

What is your highest level of education?

Saint Joseph's University

  • MS - Health Admin

What is your highest level of education completed?