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
      • 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)
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
    Certificate
      • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
      • Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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
    3. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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)
  • Online Programs Available
    5. 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
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
    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
    6. The University of Texas at Arlington

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration
      • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Educaiton
    Bachelor's
      • RN to BSN
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Undecided
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administrator
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Abilene Christian University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Advanced Practice Nurse
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Executive Nursing Leadership
    Master's
      • MBA - Healthcare Administration
      • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Administration

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)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

The George Washington University

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

What is your highest level of education?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

What is your age?

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?

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?

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Educaiton
  • RN to BSN

What is your highest level of education completed?

Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Science in Nursing: Undecided
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administrator
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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