Nursing Care Skills

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement

Prepares individuals to become a Nurse Aide in 5-weeks. The program is a great foundation for an associate degree in applied science. By completing 6 credits in the Nursing Care Skills program successfuly the student will have the opportunity to begin working as a nurse aide. Some employers may help you pay for your associate degree.

Nurse Aide's render care to clients in hospitals, long-term care facilites and in home-care. The basic nursing skills necessary to perform the duties of a nurse aide are acquired. There are 40 hours of theory, 50 hours of laboratory practice, and 30 hours in a clinical agency. The course requires attendance from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 days a week. Successful mastery allows testing at the state level to receive the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) designation.

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Score of 82 or above on the COMPASS Test, or satisfactory completion of ENG 081

  • Current Basic Life Support (CPR) card from American Red Cross or American Heart Association

Students with a history of alcohol-related driving offenses or felony convictions will find it difficult if not impossible to gain employment in health care. A drug screening and criminal background check are required to enter the program. The process will be explained in information sessions in the Nursing Skills Program. Drug screening must also be paid by the student. This also is explained during the new student Information Session. Students who are not cleared for clinical placement through the Physical Examination, the Criminal Background Check and the Drug Screen will not be able to complete the NCS 110 course.

Required Core Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
6.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Becuase nurse assistants are required to lift, move and transfer patients, stand for long period of times, possess certain fine motor skills and sufficient visual acuity to care for patients, additional physical capabilities are required for entrance into the program. Applicants considering a career in health care may be exposed to infectious diseases during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field and are likely to work in situations where exposure to infectious disease is possible. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the program of study.

Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The Nursing Faculty strongly advise that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in the nursing program must notify the program director/coordinator upon admission.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

Upon completion of the course and two tests, the knowledge and clinical skills test, an applicant is issued a certification by Prometric which allows the applicant to work as a CNA for two years.

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Health Sciences Division • (313) 845-9635 • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-132
Patrice Irving • (313) 317-6534 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: H-103I
Career Opportunities: 

Students who complete the Nursing Care Skills 110 course work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in home health care. Many students return to school to become nurses or other health care professionals.