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Nursing Assistant Certificate (C45480)

The Nursing Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed health care professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Course work emphasizes growth and development throughout the life span, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, selected advanced nursing assistant procedures, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management; family resources and services; and employment skills.

Graduates of this curriculum may be eligible to be listed on the registry as a Nursing Assistant I and Nursing Assistant II. They may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and doctors’ offices.

Admissions Process

  1. Must meet all College general admission requirements as stated in the Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook. For the most current admissions requirements, please refer to the Cleveland Community College website at www.clevelandcc.edu.
  2. Students applying for Nursing Assistant II must have completed a state-approved Nursing Assistant I class with a grade of C or better and must have completed and passed the NA I Competency Exam to be listed on the NA I Registry. The exception to this requirement, is that Spring Semester NA II students who completed NA I class in the Fall Semester may be admitted to the NA II class, but must have completed and passed the NA I Competency Exam in order to be listed on the registry before clinical rotations begin. Students who do not comply with this requirement will be withdrawn from the class.
  3. Upon entry into the class, immunization forms will be provided to the student. The completed immunization records must be submitted to the NA instructor by the designated date.
  4. Nursing Assistant Certificate program students must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course taken to earn the certificate.
  5. Nursing Assistant students are required to obtain malpractice insurance through the College business office.
  6. All Nursing Assistant I & II students must acquire a criminal background check and drug testing with the designated third party vendor. Students will be notified with information concerning the third party vendor. Criminal background checks and drug testing are required by the clinical facilities, who determine all clinical participation. Clinical approval is required at least two weeks prior to starting clinical rotations. Failure to complete this requirement in a timely manner will jeopardize the student's ability to complete the class. Instructors will provide more information on this process.

Course and Hour Requirements

Required Courses

Credit Hours

HSC 110

Introduction to Health Careers


NAS 101

Nursing Assistant I


NAS 102

Nursing Assistant II


NAS 103

Home Health Care*



* NAS 101 recommended before NAS 103