School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee, Mequon, Oak Creek and West Allis campuses
Bilingual option available at Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-543-1
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC; classes will be taught at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street (Sixth Street and McKinley Avenue).
Mequon Campus, 262-238-2200
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500
West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500
Overview — Nursing Assistant is a three-credit technical diploma program designed to prepare you for employment as an entry-level bedside caregiver in healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, and home-health facilities. Success in the program is highly dependent on having a sincere concern for people; good physical and emotional health; excellent attendance record; an ability to communicate effectively with other health care personnel, patients, and their families; and a neat, well-groomed appearance.
Nursing assistant students are instructed in English, but selected sections are specific for the bilingual learner with instruction given in English and Spanish or with Spanish-language support from the Bilingual Education Center.
The nursing assistant course focuses on introducing you to the basic nursing skills and procedures needed to assist hospital clients, nursing home residents and home health clients with their daily living activities, specialized care, and communication needs. Course curriculum and instruction focuses on successful preparation for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) and the state nurse aide curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible to take part in NNAAP activities upon completion of the course; the cost for this testing is not included in course fees and tuition.
Career Outlook — Program graduates are prepared to work in nursing homes, hospitals, home-health agencies, and private-duty practice settings. Typical job titles include nursing assistant and nurse aide, patient care assistant or PCA, and home-health aide. These positions work under the direction and supervision of licensed medical personnel, primarily registered nurses or licensed practical nurses.
Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:
- Practice principles of infection control
- Provide safe, competent care to patients
- Be able to identify and perform job-related procedures, with attention to detail
- Demonstrate effective communication and observational skills
- Work efficiently under pressure
- Possess good listening skills with an ability to follow instructions
- Exercise tact and patience in interactions with others
Preparation for Admission — Please view the following documents:
Pre-registration checklist (PDF)
Essential Functions (PDF)
School of Health Sciences Forms
Health Examination Packet (PDF)
Criminal Background Check Process (PDF)
(required reading and sign-off sheet)
A high school diploma or GED is recommended.
Home Health Aide
Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant
Patient Care Assistant
Renal Dialysis Technician
Start Dates: August/January
Curriculum effective 2014-15.
NRSNA-300 Nursing Assistant ‡ 3
TOTAL CREDITS: 3
‡ Prerequisite required.
Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.
For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.
Page updated April 2014.