Academics

Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide course prepares individuals to work in long-term care facilities (LTC) and hospitals. For acceptance into ADN and PN programs, the Nurse Aide course is required.

Nurse Aide classes are offered monthly in the NIACC area. Upon completion of the Nurse Aide course, a state written test and a skills demonstration test must be completed with a score of 70 percent or better. Passing these tests is required in order to be placed on the Department of Inspections and Appeals Direct Care Worker Registry. Placement on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry is necessary to be employed as a nurse aide in long-term care in Iowa; this includes nursing facilities and skilled nursing units in hospitals.

Entrance Requirements for Nurse Aide:

  1. Must be 16 years or older.
  2. High school diploma or GED.
  3. Strength and endurance to meet the requirements in performing skills such as lifting and moving residents.
  4. Health history and current immunization records are required prior to beginning clinical. The immunization requirements include TB test, Hepatitis B vaccine, or signing a waiver for the hepatitis vaccine.
  5. Criminal background checks and adult/dependent and child abuse checks are required by law. Results of those checks will be used to determine clinical eligibility (a student may be denied clinical access and be unable to complete the course). Costs for background checks will be included in tuition costs.

For further information, contact the health professions counselor at 1-888-466-4222, Ext. 4207 or 641-422-4207.

Nurse Aide - Related Courses
HSC-171 Nurse Aide Theory 2 s.h.
HSC-174 Nurse Aide Clinical 1 s.h.