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Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistant

This curriculum includes classroom, lab, and clinical experience in a long-term care facility or hospital setting. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are prepared to provide one-on-one assistance with “activities of daily living” (ADLs), defined as dressing, bathing, walking, feeding, making beds, taking and recording vital signs, and other essential basic services. This care may be provided to hospital patients, care facility residents, or those requiring home healthcare. Day and evening classes are available in Quincy, Pittsfield, and Mount Sterling.

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  • CNA
  • Home Health Aide
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Nurse

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The PATH program, funded through an Illinois Community College Board grant, aims to serve, create, support and expand the opportunities for individuals in nursing and select health care pathways to obtain certificates and degrees, allowing them to enter and/or advance their careers in the health care industry.

The PATH grant provides free short-term and long-term education/training programs designed to help participants gain employment in high-wage and in-demand occupations within the health care field. Students receive supports, including compensation to help cover basic costs while receiving the training.

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Advanced Nursing Assistant

The Advanced Nursing Assistant program has been developed in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health to expand on the skill level and professional opportunities of the Certified Nursing Assistant. Additional skills in oxygenation, wound care and sterile technique are taught, along with an expansion of professional skills and behaviors such as communication and conflict resolution. An expanded clinical practicum will also introduce the advanced nurse assistant to a wider variety of employment options available.

Upon successful completion of the JWCC Advanced Nursing Assistant program, a certificate of completion is awarded and the student is eligible to take the State of Illinois ANATP certification exam. Once a student successfully completes the required written competency examination, employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are excellent.

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Suggested Degree Plan for Advanced Nursing Assistant
Do not use this degree plan as a substitute for an advisor. Always meet with an advisor to discuss your specific needs for completing the program before signing up for classes each semester.
FYE 101 Blazing Your Trail Details 1
Directed to new students, this course provides a supportive transition to the culture of higher education. Course objectives aim at preparing students for the college experience by acquiring effective learning techniques and by becoming aware of available college resources for academic and personal growth. This course also develops students' abilities, which will assist them with the complexities of college life.
Prerequisites: (none)
NUA 101 Basic Nurse Assistant Details 6
This course provides theoretical and clinical foundation for skills needed to practice as a nursing assistant with introduction to nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes. Skills are included to prepare students to acquire and maintain employment. Course is required for the basic nursing assistant certificate. 5.5 lecture hours, 1 lab hour.
Prerequisites: Admission to the CNA program; concurrent enrollment in NUA 103
NUA 103 Nursing Assistant Practicum Details 1
Introduces the student to the clinical setting with supervised practice of basic patient care. The focus is on application of principles of patient care skills and developing competencies in the long-term care setting. Course is required for the CNA certificate. 0 lecture hours, 3 clinical hours.
Prerequisites: Admission to the CNA program; concurrent enrollment in NUA 101
NUA 121 Advanced Nurse Assistant Details 7
Advanced Nurse Assisting is intended for the Certified Nursing Assistant wanting to expand their professional role and practice. Based on the Advanced Nurse Assistant Training Program developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the ANA student will expand knowledge on anatomy, physiology and disease process, as well as skills in customer service, conflict resolution, and learning styles, and patient care skills including point of care glucometers and orthostatic vital signs. 6 lecture hours, 3 clinical hours.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NUA 101/103 or current CNA certification
OFT 281 Medical Terminology Details 3
Teaches medical language of prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Students will learn to pronounce and spell medical terms and also learn how to combine prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms to describe a medical term. Course utilizes a body system approach focusing upon specific body systems and providing a brief overview of anatomy and physiology, pathology, word roots, related terms, and special procedures with emphasis on building a working medical vocabulary based on body systems.
Prerequisites: (none)

Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please view our Gainful Employment information for the particular certificate of study.