Course Objective:Students will obtain education and skills to be certified as a nursing assistant in Pennsylvania at the end of senior year.
Course Description:The course prepares students for careers in the health field. Students are provided clinical experiences in long-term care and assisting living facilities to enhance the learning experience and assist in the transition to employment. Core curriculum includes an Overview of Health Careers, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Basic Nursing Procedures, Universal Precautions, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care, and Communication Skills. Students are also provided instruction to qualify them for certification in CPR and CNA.
Functioning as a member of the health care team
Care team members
Providing basic care needs
Understanding body systems and disorders
Performing nursing procedures
Meeting nutrition needs
Identify first aid concepts
Understanding life span development
Demonstrate knowledge and use of safety practice
Obtaining employmentFunctioning as a nursing assistant
Lab jacket (optional)
Watch with second hand
2-step mantoux test (seniors)
Criminal clearance (seniors)Physical (seniors)
State Exam (Seniors)
Diversified Health Occupations, 6th Edition; Louise Simmers; 2004.
Nursing Assistant Care; Susan Alvare, Diane Dugan, & Jetta Fuzy; 2005.
Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology 350, 2nd Edition; Workbook & Videotape Series.
Dean Vaughn Basic Human Anatomy, Workbook & Videotape Series, 1998.Medical Assisting Administrative & Clinical Competencies, 5th Edition; Lucille Keir, Barbara Wise, & Connie Krebs; 2003.
Cooperating Companies:Townview – Canonsburg, PA
Consulate Retirement Village of North Strabane – Canonsburg, PA
Specialized Shop Equipment:Hil Rom Electrical BedMannequin with appropriate orifices
Consulate Retirement Village – North Strabane, PA
Town View Health Center, Canonsburg, PA
PA Skills CertificatePennsylvania Certified Nursing Assistant (seniors)
California University of Pennsylvania – Health Technology
Community College of Allegheny County – Medical Assistant, Advanced
ICM School of Health & Business Careers – Health Information Technician; Medical Assistant; Medical Assisting Management
ICM School of Health & Business Careers – Business Administration
ICM School of Health & Business Careers – Medical Patient Care Assistant
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Nursing
Pittsburgh Technical Institute – Health Assistant
Post-Secondary Training Options:
California University of Pennsylvania – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Community College of Allegheny County – Medical Assistant; Medical Laboratory Technician; Medical Transcription; Registered Nurse
ICM School of Health & Business Careers – Medical Assisting Management; Medical Office Administration; Occupational Therapy Assistant
Penn Commercial – Medical Assistant; Massage Therapy
Washington Hospital School of Nursing – Registered Nurse Program
Western Area CTC – Licensed Practical Nursing Program
Physical Therapy Aide
Medical Office Secretary
Personal Care Assistant
Home Health Aide
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Wages and Employment Trends:
Median Wages (2009) 11.56 hourly, $24,040 annually
Employment (2008) 1,470,000 employees
Projected Growth (2008-2018) Faster than average (14% to 19%)
Projected Need (2008-2018) 422,300 additional employees