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Nursing Assistant

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If you've ever thought about becoming a nursing assistant, this in-depth curriculum could help you learn important fundamental, practical skills involved in a career as a nursing assistant. Nursing assistants, also known as nurse’s aides, orderlies or patient care technicians work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks. Working closely with patients, nursing assistants are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient’s vital signs. Nursing assistants give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.

Prerequisite(s): None


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the core elements of the nursing profession
  • Define the systems of the body and their major diseases
  • List strategies for communicating with and understanding patients
  • Recall the steps to prevent infections and assist patients with hygiene and basic needs
  • Recognize the basics of taking vitals, providing patient care, and maintaining safe environments

Nursing Assistant Module 1
The Nursing Assistant

  • Health Care Agencies
  • The Nursing Team
  • Nursing Care Patterns
  • Paying for Healthcare
  • Patient Rights
  • Resident Rights
  • Role of the Nursing Assistant
  • Federal and State Laws
  • Delegation Process

Nursing Assistant Module 2
Ethics and Communication

  • Ethical and Legal Aspects
  • Reporting Abuse
  • Wills
  • Student and Work Ethics
  • Communicating with the Person
  • Reporting and Recording
  • Computer and Phone Communications
  • Assisting with the Nursing Process

Nursing Assistant Module 3
Body Structure and Development

  • Medical Terminology
  • Body Functions
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Body Systems
  • Growth and Development through the Ages
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Psychological, Physical, and Social Changes

Nursing Assistant Module 4
Ensuring Safety and Preventing Infection

  • Accident Risk Factors
  • Preventing Burns, Poisoning and Suffocation
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Fall Prevention
  • Transfer/Gait Belts
  • Restraint Alternatives
  • Safe Restraint Use
  • Preventing Infection
  • Hand-Washing
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Nursing Assistant Module 5
Body Mechanics, Moving, and Transferring

  • Isolation Precautions
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Positioning the Person
  • Safely Moving the Person
  • Moving Persons in Bed
  • Safely Transferring the Person
  • Wheelchair and Stretcher Safety
  • Lateral Transfers
  • Mechanical Lifts

Nursing Assistant Module 6
Personal Hygiene

  • Room Furniture
  • Bedmaking
  • Daily Care and Hygiene
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Daily Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Perineal Care

Nursing Assistant Module 7
Grooming and Urinary Needs

  • Hair and Nail Care
  • Dressing and Undressing
  • Urinary Catheters
  • Condom Catheters
  • Urine Drainage Systems
  • Normal Urination
  • Urinary Incontinence  
  • Bladder Training

Nursing Assistant Module 8
Bowel Needs and Nutritional Support

  • Normal Bowel Movements
  • Bowel Training
  • Suppositories
  • Enemas
  • Factors Affecting Eating and Nutrition
  • Special Diets
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Fluid Needs
  • Nutritional Support and IV Therapy

Nursing Assistant Module 9
Vital Signs, Exercise, and Discharges 

  • Measuring and Reporting Vital Signs
  • Body Temperature
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Bed Rest
  • Comfort, Rest, and Sleep
  • Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges

Nursing Assistant Module 10
Physical Examinations, Surgery, and Wound Care  

  • Preparing the Person for a Physical Examination
  • Collecting and Testing Specimens
  • Psychological Care
  • Pre-Operative Care
  • Sedation and Anesthesia
  • Skin Tears
  • Dressings
  • Binders and Compression Garments
  • Heat and Cold Applications

Nursing Assistant Module 11
Pressure Injuries, Oxygen Needs, and Respiratory Support

  • Persons at Risk
  • Pressure Injury Stages
  • Pressure Complications
  • Heat and Cold Applications
  • Factors Affecting Oxygen Needs
  • Respiratory Support and Therapies
  • Suctioning
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Chest Tubes

Nursing Assistant Module 12
Body System Disorders  

  • Rehabilitation Needs
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Hearing, Speech, and Vision Problems
  • Cancer, Immune System, and Skin Disorders
  • Nervous System and Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

Nursing Assistant Module 13
Body System Disorders Part 2

  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Lymphatic Disorders
  • Digestive and Endocrine Disorders
  • Urinary and Reproductive Disorders
  • Mental Health Disorders

Nursing Assistant Module 14
Intellectual Disorders, Development Disabilities, Caring for Mothers and Babies

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disorder
  • Intellectual Disorders
  • Development Disabilities
  • Sexuality
  • Breast-Feeding
  • Bottle-Feeding

Nursing Assistant Module 15
Emergency and End-of-Life Care

  • Assisted Living
  • Transfer, Discharge, and Eviction
  • Emergency Care
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Terminal Illness
  • Comfort Needs
  • Signs of Death
  • Getting a Job

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of our Nursing Assistant course, students may be prepared to sit for state certification. Each state has its own regulations. Visit &/or to view a state association list. Each state has specific requirements, we recommend you check with your state.

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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1400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
United States
Phone: 240-500-2553

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