The Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate is a 16-credit certificate program, one semester in length. The required courses prepare students to care for acute or chronically ill, hospitalized patients and teaches the necessary skills to seek employment at hospitals and other related service areas as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA).
All students must pass a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study and a National Background Study in order to participate in clinical experiences.
The core requirements for the certificate are:
- BTEC 1610: Medical Terminology: Body Systems and Diseases
- ENGL 1117: Reading and Writing Critically I
- HLTH 1110: CPR for the Health Care Professional
- NA 1500: Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical or equivalent,
- NA 1602: Hospital Nursing Assistant
- PSYC 1611: Psychology of Adjustment.
Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Certificate, 16 credits
Completion of the certificate can be a career ladder to Human Services Technician, Surgical Technology, Practical Nursing, and Associate Degree Nursing programs.
Program Start Date(s)
RCTC offers the core requirement course several times throughout the academic year, including summer session. Some of the general education requirements offer online options.
According to Minnesota State career information, employment of nursing assistants is expected to grow. The strongest demand for nursing assistants will be in long-term care and residential care homes. Students are eligible for employment as a Nursing Assistant after completing the NA 1500: Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical course and passing the Nursing Assistant Registry Exam offered by Pearson Vue.
For the most up-to-date statewide employment information visit the following website. www.careerwise.minnstate.edu
The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.
The NA 1500 curriculum is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations.
Program Award Credits Gainful
Information Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant Cert 16 Overview content updated: 2018-01-02