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Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant TrainingProgram Duration: 4 Months Course Contact Hours: 300 Student Tuition: $2,599.99


If you’ve ever considered becoming a nursing assistant, this in-depth curriculum can help you learn crucial basic, practical skills associated with a profession as a nursing assistant. Compared to other nursing assistant training, our course lets you study at home at a time and place that is most convenient to you. Nursing assistants, also called nurse’s aides, orderlies or patient care technicians perform under the supervision of a nurse to offer assistance to patients with everyday living tasks. Working directly with patients, nursing assistants are accountable for basic care services like bathing, grooming and feeding patients, helping nurses with medical equipment, and looking at patient vital signs. Nursing assistants offer patients important social and emotional support and provide important information on patient conditions to nurses.

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing this nursing  assistant training online, you will be able to:

  • Determine the primary components of the nursing profession.
  • Define the systems of the body and their major diseases.
  • Determine methods for communicating with and understanding patients.
  • Determine strategies to prevent infection control.
  • Determine the steps to take vitals and offer patient care.


Upon successful completion of our Nursing Assistant training, students may be prepared to sit for state certification. Each state has its own regulations. Check here to view a state association list. **Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


Nursing Assistant Module 1 Introduction to the Nursing Assistant

  • Health Care Agencies
  • The Nursing Team
  • Nursing Care Patterns
  • Paying for Healthcare
  • Patients’ Rights
  • Role of the Nursing Assistant
  • Ethics and Laws
  • Work Ethics
  • Communication
  • Health Care Team
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Nursing Assistant Module 2 The Nursing Process, Body Structure & Safety

  • Assisting with the Nursing Process
  • Assessment
  • Nursing Diagnosis
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Understanding the Patient
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Growth and Development
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Safety
  • Preventing Falls

Nursing Assistant Module 3 Restraint Alternatives, Infection Control & Body Mechanics

  • Restraint Alternatives
  • Safe Restraint Use
  • Preventing Infection
  • Standard Precautions
  • Body Mechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Positioning
  • Safe Moving and Transfer
  • The Person’s Unit
  • Bedmaking

Nursing Assistant Module 4 Personal Care, Elimination & Nutrition

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Daily Care
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Urinary Elimination
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Bowel Elimination
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Fluid Balance
  • Special Diets
  • Nutritional Support and IV Therapy
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Parenteral Nutrition

Nursing Assistant Module 5 Vital Signs, Physical Examination & Collecting Specimens

  • Measuring Vital Signs
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Comfort
  • Rest
  • Sleep
  • Admissions
  • Transfers
  • Discharges
  • Assisting with the Physical Examination
  • Collecting Specimens
  • Testing Specimens
  • The Person Having Surgery

Nursing Assistant Module 6 Wound Care, Pressure Ulcers & Rehabilitation

  • Wound Care
  • Skin Tears
  • Dressings
  • Wound Healing
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Heat and Cold Applications
  • Oxygen Needs
  • Respiratory Support
  • Respiratory Therapies
  • Rehabilitation
  • Restorative Nursing Care

Nursing Assistant Module 7 The Immune System & Disorders of the Body

  • Hearing and Speech Problems
  • Vision Problems
  • Cancer
  • The Immune System
  • Skin Disorders
  • Nervous Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Urinary and Reproductive Disorders
  • Mental Health Problems

Nursing Assistant Module 8 Dementia, Developmental Disabilities & End of Life Care

  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Sexuality
  • Caring for Mothers and Newborns
  • Assisted Living
  • Resident Rights
  • Service Plan
  • Basic Emergency Care
  • End of Life Care

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:

  • Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants by Sheila Sorrentino and Leighann Remmert

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
  • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)