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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 infection control
  • Recognize the basics of taking vitals and providing patient care and safety

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 Health Team
  • Reporting and Recording
  • Computer and Phone Communications
  • Assisting with the Nursing Process

Nursing Assistant Module 3
Body Structure and Development

  • Understanding the Person
  • Effects of Illness and Disability
  • Persons with Special Needs
  • 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

  • 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
  • Room Furniture and Equipment

Nursing Assistant Module 6
Personal Hygiene

  • Bedmaking
  • Daily Care and Hygiene
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Grooming
  • Hair Care
  • Nail and Foot Care
  • Urinary Elimination
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Bladder Training

Nursing Assistant Module 7
Elimination and Fluids

  • Urinary Catheters
  • Urine Drainage Systems
  • Bowel Elimination
  • Bowel Training
  • Suppositories
  • Nutrition and Fluids
  • Special Diets
  • Fluid Balance
  • Nutritional Support and IV Therapy

Nursing Assistant Module 8
Vital Signs and Hospital Procedures

  • Measuring Vital Signs
  • Body Temperature
  • Pulse and Respirations
  • Blood Pressure
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Ambulation
  • Comfort, Rest, and Sleep
  • Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges

Nursing Assistant Module 9
Physical Exams and Surgery

  • Preparing the Person for a Physical Exam
  • Positioning and Draping
  • Collecting and Testing Specimens
  • Stool Specimens
  • Blood Glucose Testing
  • Pre & Post-Operative Care
  • Sedation and Anesthesia
  • Wound Care
  • Dressings

Nursing Assistant Module 10
Pressure Ulcers and Respiratory Support

  • Risk Factors for Ulcers
  • Pressure Ulcer Stages
  • Prevention and Treatment
  • Heat and Cold Applications
  • Oxygen Needs
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Artificial Airways
  • Suctioning
  • Chest Tubes

Nursing Assistant Module 11
Rehabilitation and Body System Disorders

  • Restorative Nursing
  • The Rehabilitation Team
  • Quality of Life
  • Hearing, Speech, and Vision Problems
  • Cancer, Immune System, and Skin Disorders
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

Nursing Assistant Module 12
Other Body System Disorders

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

Nursing Assistant Module 13
Developmental Disabilities, Mothers, and Infants

  • Confusion and Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Down Syndrome, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy
  • Sexuality
  • Caring for Mothers and Babies
  • Breast-Feeding
  • Umbilical Cord Care

Nursing Assistant Module 14
Emergency and End-of-Life Care

  • Assisted Living
  • Adult CPR
  • Infant CPR
  • Shock
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Terminal Illness
  • Stages of Dying
  • Comfort Needs

**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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201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034
United States
Phone: 704-922-6251

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