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. Purdue University Global

    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
      • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Science - DNP Adult Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
    Certificate
      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
      • Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Leadership & Management
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Educator
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
      • B.S. in Professional Studies - Nursing Home Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • RN to BSN
    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
  • Online Programs Available
    4. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Nursing Administration (MS)
      • Health Administration (MS)
      • Nursing Education (MS)
    Bachelor's
      • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Education Specialist - Nursing Education
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Milwaukee, WI

    Milwaukee Area Technical College

  • East Hartford, CT

    Goodwin College

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Leadership & Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Keiser University

  • RN to BSN
  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

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Independence University

  • Nursing Administration (MS)
  • Health Administration (MS)
  • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)

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Herzing University

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
  • Diploma: Medical Assisting

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Northcentral University

  • Education Specialist - Nursing Education

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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