Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistants are vital members of the health care team. They help care for patients under the supervision of a professional registered nurse in a variety of settings. Blackhawk Technical College has two Nursing Assistant Courses.

NURSING ASSISTANT (N.A.)

120-Hour Course (3 Credits)–543-300

Students under the age of 18 must be selected as a Youth Apprentice through their High School.

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Nursing assistants, sometimes called nurse aides, patient care assistants (PCA) or patient care technicians (PCT) are in high demand to assist in the care of patients in extended care facilities, home care situations and, with some additional training, in hospitals. Working under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, their responsibilities may vary, but personal care and emotional support of patients are always primary considerations.

This 120-hour course involves classroom lectures, campus lab experiences, and a clinical practicum, which involves working in healthcare agencies with patients and residents. Students must be at least 16 years old to attend clinical practicum. Those who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam to become part of the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry as CNA/HHA. The cost for this testing is not included in course fees and tuition.
Blackhawk Technical College Nursing Assistant program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Bureau of Quality Assurance.

A complete physical examination is required to enroll in the nursing assistant course along with a completed immunization and communicable disease record.  Current tuberculosis testing and a current flu vaccine are required.  The student must verify that they have health insurance.

In order to enroll in the nursing assistant course the student must complete a criminal background check.  There are several other forms that need to be completed as well including: Functional Ability Form; Emergency Contact Form; and Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Responsibility forms. 

Be aware that there is a fee associated with this documentation/clearance process.  Clearance to register for a class may be revoked if it becomes necessary to change the clinical site for any class. 

The nursing assistant course is a pre-requisite for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. 

Students under the age of 18 must be selected as a Youth Apprentice through their high school.

Blackhawk’s nursing career pathway includes nursing assistant, practical nurse and associate degree nurse programs and is a support course for other healthcare programs. The nursing assistant course is a pre-requisite for the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Program Outcomes

 Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family and co-workers
  • Maintain and protect the client rights
  • Report information and record observations
  • Demonstrate the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA
  • Provide safe care to a diverse population, meeting personal, physical and psychosocial client needs
  • Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence
  • Assist clients with long-term , disabling conditions including dementia, always focusing on the strengths of the client
  • Work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Eligible to take the Wisconsin Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation

Nursing Assistant-Advanced

72 Hour Course (2 Credits)–543-302A

The purpose of the Nursing Assistant - Advanced course is to build upon the information and the skills you learned in the 120-hour course. The course will also help prepare you to work in an Acute Care setting.

Some skills that are included in the course are: how to assist in the care of a patient before and after surgery; how to care for a patient with dementia; how to use a blood glucose monitor; how to assist with sterile procedures; how to apply a telemetry unit; and how to use an automated vital sign monitor. At the end of the course you will receive an Advanced Dementia Care Certificate.

American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certificate is required prior to attending clinical.

A criminal background check and all other requirements for the Nursing Assistant course are required for the Nursing Assistant Advanced course.   If these requirements were completed for the Nursing Assistant course they may not have to be repeated.   

Pre-requisite: 543-300 Nursing Assistant or be currently on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.

Course Outcomes

 Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family and co-workers
  • Maintain and protect client’s rights
  • Demonstrate the ethical and legal responsibilities of the NA/HHA
  • Perform the advanced as well as basic nursing assistant skills per the course requirements
  • Provide for patient care and hygiene in an acute care setting
  • Assist with client rehabilitation and restorative care, promoting independence
  • Relate the material learned in the basic Nurse Assistant course to the acute care setting