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Becoming a Nursing Assistant is one way to have a career in the healthcare field without spending tens of thousands of dollars and years of your life on a college education.  In this course, you'll learn exactly what a Nursing Assistant is and the duties of a typical day. 


You'll also learn the procedures, knowledge and training that are essential to being a successful nursing assistant.  Chapters will include information on basic anatomy, crucial testing procedures, the most common ailments a nursing assistant will see in her patients, personal care needs, and proper guidelines for patient mobility.  We will also cover topics such as patients' emotional needs, your own emotional health when working with patients who are suffering and legal and ethical issues you may face during your career.


Each chapter will end with a brief review in the form of questions about what you've learned.  These will help you understand each chapter more fully and prepare yourself for the certification exam required by most health care organizations for employment.  You can refer back to this material as a refresher whenever you feel the need to brush up on particular topics -- keep it as a reference guide after taking your certification exam.


A nursing assistant fulfills a complex role in the life of patients.  She is a caregiver who provides compassion, emotional support, physical mobility and day-to-day dignity in addition to basic medical needs.  If you have chosen to become a nursing assistant, you are a special individual.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: What is a Nursing Assistant?

This lesson explains what the training requirements and qualifications are to become a nursing assistant, and what duties to expect while on the job. 45 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Become a Certified Nursing Assistant; Nursing Assistant Central; Recommended Course: Anatomy and Physiology 101; Recommended Course: Medical Terminology 101
  • Complete: Assignment 1A: Introductions
  • Complete: Assignment 1B: The Duties of a Nursing Assistant
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Vital Signs and Body Measurements

In this lesson, you will learn how to measure height and weight and check vital signs. 19 Total Points
  • Review Article: Blood Pressure
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Basic Health Knowledge

This lesson describes the body's major organ systems and their functions. 69 Total Points
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Real Life Applications
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Common Symptoms the Nursing Assistant Faces

This lesson addresses some of the more common symptoms that a nursing assistant may encounter. 20 Total Points
  • Review Article: Stroke Family Caregiving
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Patients' Daily Needs and Understanding Your Patients

The importance of upholding patient's rights and understanding the measures of comfort you can provide. 42 Total Points
  • Review Article: MedicinePlus
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Meeting Patient Needs
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Patient Mobility & Safety

This lesson discusses the different methods that can be used to move your patients, the procedures for transferring and discharge and describes proper bed-making technique. 19 Total Points
  • Review Article: Falls in Nursing Homes
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Patient Nutrition and Exercise

This lesson addresses different types of diets and the importance of exercising. 45 Total Points
  • Review Article: Aging in the Know
  • Complete: Assignment 7: Keeping Patients Active
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Taking care of the comfort, safety, and dignity of each patient. 19 Total Points
  • Review Article: Activities of Daily Living Assessment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Special Care Procedures

This lesson describes the procedures used in response to various injuries and emergencies. 45 Total Points
  • Review Article: CPR Procedures
  • Complete: Assignment 9: Obtaining CPR Certification
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Special Needs Patients

This lesson deals the special needs of acutely ill patients and pediatric care. 20 Total Points
  • Review Article: Soothing the Terminally Ill
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Legal & Ethical Issues

The legal aspects of the nursing assistant field, and the types of abuses to look for when assessing patients. 42 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Identifying Patient Abuse; Sexuality in Nursing Homes
  • Complete: Assignment 11: Preventing Abuse
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Career Options for the Nursing Assistant

This lesson discusses the variety of work choices and facilities in the nursing assistant field. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Explore Health Careers; Nursing Assistant Guides
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Glossary of Terms

Important terminology to learn when becoming a nursing assistant. 103 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Was This Course Helpful?
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Nursing Assistant Career Overview
Course Number: 8900169
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a nursing assistant is.
  • Recognize vital signs and body measurements.
  • Describe basic health knowledge.
  • Describe common symptoms the nursing assistant faces.
  • Know patients' daily needs.
  • Describe patient mobility and safety.
  • Know patient nutrition and exercise.
  • Describe activities of daily living (ADL).
  • Know special care procedures and special needs patients
  • Know legal & ethical issues, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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