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. Emphasis in the course is on students achieving a basic level of knowledge and demonstrating skills to provide safe, effective patient care. The course has been developed in six units of study. The theory portion includes 30 hours of classroom time and 25 hours of laboratory practice. The clinical experience includes 30 hours in a nursing facility.
Entrance Requirements for Nurse Aide:
- Must be 16 years or older.
- High school diploma or GED/HSED. If currently in high school, a letter of acknowledgement from your high school counselor is required.
- Strength and endurance to meet the requirements in performing skills such as lifting and moving residents.
- Attendance is mandatory for an Orientation Session prior to the start of your class. If you do not attend the session, you will be withdrawn from the class. *Orientation is held one week prior to class start date. An informational letter will be mailed approximately 10 days prior to the orientation. *Note: Orientation dates are listed on course schedule and are subject to change.
- 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. No physical is required. Health History information is also required. Forms will be completed at the Orientation Session.
- 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. Paperwork will be completed at the Orientation Session.
Nurse Aide Theory: A 55-hour nurse aide course designed to meet the training requirements of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) for aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities. 2.5 s.h. college credits upon successful completion. Nurse Aide Clinical course required.
Nurse Aide Clinical: A 30 hour clinical designed to meet the training requirements of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) for aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities. 1 s.h. college credit upon successful completion. Nurse Aide Theory course required.
Nurse Aide State Testing
Upon completion of the Nurse Aide course, a state written test and a skills demonstration test is completed. A score of 70% or better is passing. Passing these tests is required in order to be placed on the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Direct Care Worker Registry (formerly Iowa Nurse Aide Registry). Placement on the registry is necessary to be employed as a nurse aide in long-term care in Iowa.
Testing Fees: State Written Competency $55.00, State Skills Competency $95.00