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Nurse Assisting

The certificate in nurse assisting prepares students for employment as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). The program combines classroom instruction with clinical laboratory practice and long-term and/or acute care experiences. As part of this curriculum, students have the opportunity to learn foundational skills in the healthcare field and take a written and hands-on skills examination to become certified as a CNA. Completion of the nurse assisting program of study provides job-ready skills as a nurse assistant. NOTE: The courses required for the nurse assisting certificate differ from the pre-nursing courses required by SWCC's nursing (LPN/RN) program. To view SWCC nursing requirements and the pre-nursing course outline, please visit the SWCC nursing education program page.

Awards Available

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A certificate is awarded following successful completion of a select group of career courses in a four- to six-month format.

Potential Careers

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • Home healthcare aide

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  • HSC 110 Introduction to Health Occupations
  • HSC 114 Medical Terminology
  • HSC 172 Nurse Aide
  • PNN 208 Pharmacology Basics

Click on the course number in the list above to view the course description. This may not be a complete list of courses that may be included for the Welding Technology program. To see all courses in a semester-by-semester plan, view the Nurse Assisting program course outline.

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Degree requirement advising sheet


For non-credit opportunities, contact Kelly Richie, health occupations education coordinator.

For concurrent (high school) enrollment questions, contact Rachel Ramaeker, secondary programs director.

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