50th Anniversary

Nursing Assistant

Program Goals: 
The Nursing Assistant program prepares a student for a career as a nursing assistant. Certified nursing assistants are important members of the healthcare team as they provide basic care to patients in long term care facilities, acute care, homecare, and residential facilities.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • Understand   medical terminology, nutrition, communication skills, basic anatomy, basic motion, infection control, and safety.
  • Perform basic patient care, patient care procedures, transferring patients, vital signs, and range of motion exercises. 
  • Gain knowledge to provide care to those who choose to live in their own homes, long term care facilities, acute care, or in residential facilities.
Admissions Process: 
Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu .Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at the following link:  http://www.qcc.edu/pages/Enrollment_Steps.html
CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing: 
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) are required. Finger printing and drug testing may also be required. Students should be aware that a prior or current history of criminal or sexual record could prevent them from participation in the clinical rotation. All students must submit evidence of a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer prior to beginning the clinical rotation. See additional health requirements under Additional Program Information.
Additional Cost: 
Students should anticipate additional expenses for clinical uniforms, professional liability insurance, clinical parking fees, and materials required in the program.
Technical Performance Standards: 
See page 17 in the catalog or the Technical Performance Standards page.
Credit for Prior Learning: 
Students enrolled in this program may be able to earn academic credit for prior learning.  Please contact the office of Career Placement Services at careerservices [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu, 508-854-4439, Room 272 A.
Career Outlook: 
Please consult The Massachusetts Career Information System at http://masscis.intocareers.com/  or The Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for specific occupational information.
Transfer Articulations & Opportunities: 
Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at the following link: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer/ArticPathways.html . More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer
Additional Information: 
  • All students accepted into the Nurse’s Aide/Home Health Aide Certificate program must obtain Health Care Provider (Red Cross) or BLS for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) CPR certification and provide documentation of immunization currency and satisfactory health status prior to beginning the clinical experiences. Students are required to meet the health requirements as identified on the QCC Health Form. Students who have not been cleared by QCC’s Health Care Compliance officer will not be allowed to participate in the clinical experience.
  • This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a selective program.
  • Must take the college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no college level courses were previously completed.
  • Students should note that some first semester courses carry minimum prerequisites.  Refer to the program grid.
Course Title Course # Semester Offered Plan to Take Grade Credits Prerequisites
Semester 1
Introduction to the Health Professions ALH 101 F/S/SU     3 ENG 091 and ENG 096 or approp place score
Introduction to English Composition* ENG 100 F/S/SU     3 ENG 091 and ENG 096 or approp place score
Introduction to Medical Terminology ALH 102 F/S/SU     3 Coreq-ENG 100 or approp place score
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications CIS 111 F/S/SU     3  
Principles of Human Biology BIO 100 F/S/SU     4 ENG 100 or approp place score
Introductory Nursing Assistant ALH 131 F/S/SU     5 ENG 091 and ENG 096 or approp place score
Advanced Nursing Assistant ALH 132 F/S/SU     2 ALH 131
Total credits required: 23  

Program Notes:

  • If students complete the Health Certificate, maintain a GPA of 3.0 and meet the admission requirements of a Healthcare program (see Programs of Study listing on page 51 and 52) they will be guaranteed admission on a space available basis.

*If student meets the ENG 100 based on a placement score, PSY 101 can be substituted.