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. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
    Master's
      • MS in Nursing: Health Systems Management - Online
      • MS in Nursing: Health Systems Management - Online
    Certificate
      • Post-Master Acute Care Pediatric Certificate - Online
      • Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate - Online
  • Online Programs Available
    2. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
    4. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS in Health Care Quality
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality
  • Online Programs Available
    5. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • 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. Utica College

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
      • Masters in Health Care Administration
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Acute Care
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Long Term Care
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Service Organization
    Bachelor's
      • RN to Bachelor of Science
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
    Master's
      • MS - Nursing - Nursing Administration
      • MS - Nursing - Nursing Education
      • MS - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
      • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • 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
    10. Benedictine University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • DUAL MBA-MSN
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Accelerated MBA Health Administration
      • MBA Health Administration
      • MPH - Health Management and Policy Focus
      • Nurse Executive Leader MSN

Featured Schools

Johns Hopkins University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
  • MS in Nursing: Health Systems Management - Online
  • Post-Master Acute Care Pediatric Certificate - Online

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George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

What is your highest level of education?

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

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Health Care Quality
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

What is your highest level of education?

American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Utica College

  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • MBA - Health Care Management
  • RN to Bachelor of Science

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
  • MS - Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • BS - Nursing (RN to BSN completion)

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