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The Nursing Assistant Program is designed to provide the students with classroom lecture, laboratory practice and clinical training in direct patient care skills.  The student will be prepared to sit for the Mississippi Nurse Aide Exam.  After passing the exam Access Training, Inc. will assist the student to obtain a roster number and apply for employment in the ambulatory settings, hospitals, and nursing homes.  For students who choose not to take the certification exam, employment assistance will be available upon successful completion of the program’s academic requirement, and apply for employment in the ambulatory settings, hospitals and nursing homes.


This program emphasizes the importance of nursing assistants as members of the interdisciplinary health care team that plans and provides care to patients.  Nursing assistants make valuable contributions to the nursing process that the professional nurse follows in assessing the patient’s needs, planning interventions, implementing care and evaluating outcomes. Students who complete the program will be qualified to serve as home health care assistants, and to take the certification exam to become a Nursing Assistant. 




Program Length:  6 Weeks

Program Cost:  $1,000.00




NA 101   Theory                                                                                                     45 Hours

NA 102   Lab                                                                                                           30 Hours

VS 101   Volunteer Services                                                                                     8 Hours

PEO 101 Professional Services & Orientation                                                       3 Hours

NA 103   Externship                                                                                              24  Hours

NA 104   Certification Review                                                                                5  Hours


Total Clock Hours                                                                           115 Hours


Course Description:

NA 101 - Theory

This course is designed to teach the student to work directly with patients, giving physical care and emotional support.  The Nursing Assistant will be able to assist with patient assessment, planning care, promoting patient safety and environmental cleanliness, and promoting personal hygiene and elimination needs.  As a result of this course, the student will be able to measure and record vital signs, height, weight and describe the effects of local cold and heat applications.


NA 102 – Laboratory Procedures

This experience is designed to teach the student to recognize and report abnormal changes in body functioning to a supervisor, as well as care for patients when death is imminent.  The student will be able to demonstrate skills that incorporate principles of restorative nursing including training the patient in self-care, and using assistive devices in transferring, ambulation, proper turning and positioning, both in the bed and chair.

VS 101 – Volunteer Services – 8 hours

Volunteering will provide the students a unique opportunity to make a difference in their local community as well as foster new relationships.


PEO 101 – Professional Conduct and Externship Orientation – 3 hours

This course is designed to inform students about the importance of professional conduct and what employers expect during the externship experience as well as prepare the student to become gainfully employed


NA 103 - Externship

This experience is designed for students to utilize skills learned in laboratory settings.  Students will provide total patient care under the supervision of an instructor.  The student will measure and record vital signs provide care such as bathing, grooming, dressing; and assist with eating and hydration.  The student will provide care to the cognitively impaired patient.  Upon completion of the clinical rotation, the instructor will evaluate the student's performance.


NA 104 – Certification Review

This course is designed to prepare students to sit for the Mississippi Nurse Aide Exam.



NOTE:   Prior to clinical, students must present proof of CPR certification and a current                         TB test.

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