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 offers both the Nursing Assistant and Nursing Assistant-Advanced courses.  The Nursing Assistant program is a pathway to other health related programs.  Blackhawk Technical College Nursing Assistant program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Bureau of Quality Assurance.


NURSING ASSISTANT (N.A.)

120-Hour Course (3 Credits) 543-300

Pre-requisite: Criminal Background Check and Clinical Requirements.

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.  Students under the age of 18 must be selected as a Youth Apprentice through their High School.  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 a CNA/HHA.  The cost for this testing is not included in course fees and tuition.

Prior to enrolling in the Nursing Assistant course the student must complete a Criminal Background Check AND be accepted by three (3) or more active clinical sites. Students must also complete the Clinical Requirements portion, Functional Ability, and Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Responsibility forms. There are additional fees associated with the Background Check as well as the Clinical Requirements portion.

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

Pre-requisite:  543-300 Nursing Assistant or, be currently on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry, Criminal Background Check, Clinical Requirements, and American Heart Association  Healthcare Provider CPR.

The purpose of the Nursing Assistant-Advanced course is to build upon the information and the skills 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.

The criminal background check and all other requirements from the Nursing Assistant course are mandatory for the Nursing Assistant Advanced Course. You will need to have the American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certificate prior to being able to register. If you have completed the Nursing Assistant course at Blackhawk Technical College within the past four (4) years, you will already have most of this information and it will just need to be updated.

Course 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
  • 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 Nursing Assistant course to the acute care setting

Information Meetings

Students are strongly advised to attend a program information meeting prior to registering for program courses. Topics included in these meetings include:

  • College application and admission
  • Financial aid
  • Course registration
  • Health requirements and background check
  • Classes and schedules
  • Program policy and procedure
Information Meeting dates for the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year:

Central Campus Meeting Dates:
  • 29 February 2016, 5:30 PM, Triangle Room
  • 1 March 2016, 3:00 PM, North Commons
  • 14 June 2016, 5:30 PM, North Commons 
  • 29 September 2016, 3:00 PM, North Commons 
  • 4 October 2016, 5:30 PM, North Commons 
Monroe Campus Meeting Dates:
  • 3 March 2016, 3:00 PM, Monroe Campus
  • 8 March 2016, 6:00 PM, Monroe Campus
  • 16 June 2016, 5:30 PM, Monroe Campus