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Health Occupations: Nursing Assistant - Certificate

Nursing Assistant - Certificate of Proficiency

The Nursing Assistant Certificate of Proficiency prepares students for entry-level employment in the healthcare field. Nursing Assistants provide direct care to patients in residential, skilled nursing and hospice care facilities under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Completion of the Nursing Assistant courses provides eligibility for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE POLICY: Due to requirements from the California Department of Public Health, acceptance into the Nursing Assistant program will be dependent on the following:

Nursing Assistant Program Acceptance
  • Attendance at an information session (dates will be posted online)
  • Completion of the College Placement Exam (assesses English, reading, and math)
  • Submission of an application for the CNA program by the specified deadline. Applications are available online at nursing.missioncollege.edu
  • It is recommended that students have completed HOC 001 prior to applying for this program.

For any questions regarding non-acceptance into a program, please contact a counselor for an educational plan.

Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will use the language of the profession of nursing to communicate appropriately using verbal, written and technological methods.
  • Students will analyze relevant information in the utilization of the nursing process, applying principles of evidence-based practice as needed.
  • Students will identify personal and professional growth through retrospection of nursing care.
  • Students will complete all requirements for eligibility to apply for the Nursing Assistant Certification and pass the state examination.

To earn this certificate, students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better.

Required Core Curriculumn Courses:
Code Class Units
HOC 019A Nursing Assistant Fundamentals (3.5 Lecture/0.5 Lab) 4.0
HOC 019B Nursing Assistant Clinical Experience (2.0 Lab) 2.0

Units Required

Total Required Units 6.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

The Certified Nursing Assistant is a member of the health care team who works under the LVN, RN or Physician. Employment opportunities for the Nursing Assistant include long-term care facilities, private duty, assisted living, adult day care facilities, pediatric sub-acute and mental health facilities. Home health aides work primarily in homes and as a visiting care provider (ie: hospice care or public health aide).