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Nurse Aide Program

Admissions Requirements:

Individuals applying for this course are required to:

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  1. interview with an admissions counselor;
  2. be at least 16 years of age (applicants under the age of 18 require written permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to enroll); and
  3. able to read at an 8th grade level. Present proof of secondary education (transcripts, high school diploma, or GED certificate) or
  4. in the event the applicant is unable to provide proof of secondary education, achieve a passing score on the TABE (GE 8 Reading). There is an additional $40.00 fee for this skills test.

Program Description:

This course of instruction prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as a nursing assistant. Graduates may find suitable employment with hospitals, nursing homes, MHMR facilities, outpatient care facilities, infirmaries, home health care. Students will learn basic nursing skills in this course. Upon completion of this program students will be able to apply for the certified nursing assistant examination.

Program Outline

Subject # Subject Title Clock Hours
Lec Lab Clin Total
NA 001 The Nursing Assistant in Long-term Care 03 00 00 03
NA 002 Foundations of Resident Care 03 00 00 03
NA 003 Understanding Your Residents 03 00 00 03
NA 004 Body Systems and Related Conditions 03 00 00 03
NA 005 Confusion, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s 03 00 00 03
NA 006 Personal Care Skills 03 00 00 03
NA 007 Basic Nursing Skills 03 00 00 03
NA 008 Nutrition and Hydration 03 00 00 03
NA 009 Rehabilitation and Restorative Care 03 00 00 03
NA 010 Social Skills 03 00 00 03
NA 011 Skills Lab 00 30 00 30
NA 012 Clinical Practice 00 00 40 40
Total Hours 30 30 40 100

The approximate time required to complete this program is three weeks for day students. No evening course is offered at this time. Graduates of the entire program can apply to take the certification exam with a licensed credentialing agent.****There are no prerequisites for these courses. [CLINICAL PRACTICE WOULD REQUIRE PREREQUISITE].

Nurse Aide Topic Description

NA001- The Nursing Assistant in Long-Term Care (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites:None] WeekOne
Long-termcare and other healthcare settings, payment systems, medical recordand HIPAA, incident reports, the 24 hour clock, and the Minimum DataSet (MDS).

NA002- Foundations of Resident Care (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Howto communicate with residents with special needs; non-medical andmedical emergencies, safety, and infection prevention practices.

NA003- Understanding Your Residents (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Independenceand self care; basic human needs; cultural differences; stages ofhuman development; how to care for dying residents; goals of ahospice program, culture change in the new environment.

NA004- Body Systems and Related Conditions (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Thebasic function of ten body systems and their related chronicconditions.

NA005- Confusion, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Dementiaand Alzheimer’s disease; managing difficult behaviors.

NA006- Personal Care Skills (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Personalcare skills, hygiene and grooming, pressure ulcer prevention.

NA007- Basic Nursing Skills (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Measuringvital signs, height and weight, care guidelines for different typesof tubing, fluid balance, intake and output, bed making, dressingsand bandages.

NA008- Nutrition and Hydration (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Thesix basic nutrients, special diets, fluid balance, identify eatingand swallowing problems; how to assist residents with special needs.

NA009- Rehabilitative and Restorative Services (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Rehabilitationand restorative care; the importance of activity and independence.

NA010- Social Skills (Lec03 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None]
Applicationprocess and interviewing tips, conflict resolution, technologies,continuing education, stress management.

NA011- Skills Lab (Lec00 Cl Hrs / Lab 30 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] WeekTwo
Demonstrationand return demonstration of at least 22 skills in the skills lab.

NA012- Clinical Practice (Lec00 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 40 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] WeekThree
Timemanagement skills in the clinical setting as they perform at least 22skills with residents in a long term care facility. Students willnot be required to write a final paper or keep a daily journal oftheir experiences.

Nurse Aide Program Basis of Grades:
Quizzes 25%
Final Exam 25%
Clinical 25%
Skills lab 25%

Nurse Aide Clinical Monitoring Policy

Students must complete 40 hours of an unpaid clinical rotation. The schedule consists of 8 clock hours per day for five days if on a three week program. Clinical is completed during normal class schedule (Monday through Friday 6am-2:30pm). Nurse Aide students are not required to write a final paper or keep a daily journal during the clinical rotation.

Instructor/Clinical Coordinator: The clinical coordinator/licensed nurse/instructor will be at the facility to supervise and monitor students during their clinical rotation. Students are not to interact with any residents without supervision of a school representative.

Clinical Progress: A conference will be held with the students at the beginning and end of each day to clarify assignments, review the clinical checklist, discuss their experiences and observations, and to report problems.

Clinical Evaluation: Students will be monitored and evaluated by the instructor. Students must demonstrate competency on at least 20 of the 22 required skills to meet the requirements of graduation. The clinical rotation of the program must be completed prior to graduation.

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Nurse Aide 24HR Continuing Education Seminar

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: Texas Senate Bill 795 added new in-service requirements for nurse aide’s effective September 1st 2013. The new rules are located in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 40, Part 1, Chapter 94, Nurse Aides. An individual must complete a training program and competency evaluation approved by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) before DADS lists the individual on the nurse aide registry. Effective September 1st 2013 the training program must provide a minimum of 100 hours of course work. The course work must include 60 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of clinical training. Nurse Aide’s renewing their permit AFTER September 1st 2013 must now complete a one- time 24 hour continuing education course, or the permit will not be renewed. Successful completion of the required 24 hours of continuing education meets the CEU requirement for renewal. Upon completion of the seminar, the student will receive a certificate of completion from FasTrac Job Training Center. This 24 hour CEU cannot be substituted by in-services or other job training programs. The seminar consists of 24 clock-hours of classroom instruction. The 24 hour seminar will be offered in a week long session, Monday through Friday, from 8-2:30pm.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Nurse Aide certification, social security card, driver’s license.

MAJOR CONTENT TOPICS: Topics for the seminars include education that will enhance the skills of the certification holder. Some topics include added or updated information on culture change, infection control, dealing with difficult behavior, communications skills, conflict resolution, guidance on use of technologies, and social media.

SEMINAR OBJECTIVE: Directly or indirectly related to the responsibilities of Nurse Aides that will benefit the Nurse Aide, the long term care facility, and ultimately the residents.

MAIN SKILLS TO BE LEARNED: The seminar will update Nurse Aides on current practices, promote health professionals’ communication skills, improve disease management, ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes, and assist the multidisciplinary approaches to effective communications and patient care.

BASIS OF GRADING: Completion of a written or oral evaluation and feedback 60% Class participation 40% OR Written Examination with a passing score of 70%

REGISTRATION: Students must register at least one week before the seminar. Tuition and fees are paid at the time of registration. The tuition is due prior to the start of the seminar at 8:00 am.