Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
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West Palm Beach, FL 33417
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Health Aide/Nurse Assistant

 Health Aide/Nurse Assistant
 Program # PC-2                                Diploma Granted

Weeks: 8.5            Clock Hours
Theory   143
Lab   41
Clinical   56
Total   240

Program Objectives: 1) To prepare students to meet the requirements of the State of Florida for the training of Home Health Aide/Nurse Assistant. 2) To be prepared to assist patients in the home, clinics, nursing homes, rehab settings, offices, adult living facilities, and hospital settings. 3)To prepare students to successfully obtain and maintain employment in a variety of health care settings, 4) To prepare students for an effective job search.

Program Purpose: This program includes Health Careers Core, Home Health Aide, and Nurse Assistant classes in order to safely and effectively assist nurses in the care of patients. Classroom lectures, demonstrations, return demonstrations, and clinical experience in selected Nursing Homes, Outpatient Settings, Hospitals and Rehab Centers, includes the Florida required curriculum framework guidelines and Program Course Standards. Lectures, exercises, case studies assignments, IPR Skills, and role playing are designed to develop logical thought, and conflict resolution as it relates to legal and ethical issues. A great deal of emphasis is placed upon students theoretical and clinical proficiency so that they will be well prepared to work as Home Health Aide/Nursing Assistants. Job Search assistance is provided so that the student may find employment opportunities to meet their unique needs. Employment and Re-employment Skills, Conflict Resolution Skills, and Sensitivity Training are also included in this program to effectively work with clients and families. Instructors are available daily to offer special help to students as needed. Students are encouraged to enhance their capabilities and be motivated to meet their personal goals in a positive, caring atmosphere where graduation expectations begin the first day of class. National Patient Safety Standards and Quality Measures are incorporated throughout

PC101:Introduction to Health Care: Health Careers Core - 90 hours
Theory =72 hours     Lab=18 hours    Clinical=0 hours

This course is the introductory course required for all health occupational programs introducing them to the healthcare system. Students learn the basic skills needed to keep themselves and their patients safe, introductory emergency procedures, universal precautions, HIV/AIDS, how to communicate with patients, basic concepts of wellness and illness, introductory computer and employability skills as well as the basic math and science needed for understanding health care.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and health occupations
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts
  • Recognize and practice safety and security procedures
  • Recognize and respond to emergency situations
  • Recognize and practice infections control procedures
  • Demonstrate and understanding of information technology applications in healthcare
  • Demonstrate employability skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases including HIV/AIDS
  • Apply basic math and science skills
PC102:Home Health Aide - 75 hours
Theory =42 hours     Lab=17 hours    Clinical=16 hours

The Home Health Aide Course is designed to teach students how to completely care for patients in a home setting including both geriatric and younger populations. The nursing procedures of personal care, rehabilitation, physical comfort, safety, bio-psycho social support, nutrition, and infection control are covered. Students are taught to follow a plan of care and to call for assistance as needed.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use verbal and written communication specific to home health aide
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to home health aide
  • Perform physical comfort and safety functions specific to home health
  • Apply principles of nutrition specific to home health aide
  • Apply principles of infection control specific to home health aide
  • Perform home health care services
PC103:Nurse Assistant - 75 hours
Theory =29 hours     Lab=6 hours    Clinical=40 hours

Students completing this course will learn the nursing procedures and functions related to caring for patients in a long term care setting. Concepts and skills covered relate to personal care, comfort and safety, communication, legal and ethical responsibilities, nutrition, infection control, rehabilitation, bio-psycho social support and infection control. These are taught for geriatric and younger patients. Students will learn to follow a plan of care and to obtain assistance when needed.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use verbal and written communications specific to nurse assisting
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to nurse assisting
  • Perform physical comfort and safety functions specific to nurse assisting
  • Provide personal patient care
  • Perform patient care procedures
  • Apply principles of nutrition
  • Provide care for geriatric
  • Apply the principles of infection control specific to nurse assisting
  • Provide biological, psychological, and social support
  • Perform supervised organizational functions, following the patient plan of care
  • Assist with restorative (rehabilitative) activities
Please see Admission Requirements for Health Occupations Program.