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Nurse Aide

Certificate Offered

Credits Required: 6 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

In one semester, this fast track program will prepare an individual for employment as a nurse aide.  The nurse aide is a direct caregiver.  Two major areas of responsiblities include assisting the client with activities of daily living and performing responsibilities associated with the client's health care.

This program is state-approved.  Only graduates of a state-approved nurse aide program are eligible to take the nurse aide examination for enrollment on the Nurse Aide Registry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be fully prepared for entry into the field of healthcare at acute care facilities such as hospitals, long-term care facilities like nursing homes, and home health care agencies, which refers to in-home visits of clients.

Program Outcomes: image

Graduates will be able to

  1. Successfully complete the requirements of the ARC nurse aide registry exam.
  2. Be successfully employed in the health care field or pursue higher education.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of theory and skills competency for the nurse aide profession.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral communication.


MSHT 100
Nurse Aide
The principles of basic patient care are covered in this course. Emphasis is placed on vital signs; ethics; body mechanics; bed making; bathing; feeding; and infection control to include variations for providing care in the home setting. The course includes a clinical rotation in a long-term care facility. Upon successful completion, the student is eligible to sit for the PA Nurse Aide Competency Exam. [45 hrs. Lecture/ 60 hrs. Lab/ 75 hrs. Clinical Experience] 3-9-6
MSHT 104
Commun Skills for Health Care Work
This course prepares the student to communicate in the healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on patient interaction; intra-team communication; meeting the public; requisitions and reports; scheduling appointments; and basic computer skills. 3-0-3