Nursing Assistant

Herzing University - Orlando offers a short, 5-week certificate course that will prepare you to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Learn the academic knowledge you need in the classroom and then practice your patient care skills in Herzing's state-of-the-industry medical lab. Plus, tuition includes your first attempt at getting your CNA license!

Date:Call your campus for upcoming dates  
Course Number:PC 101  
Course Name:Nursing Assistant  
Semester Credit Hours:8.00  
Course Type:TypeClock hours per creditClock hours
 Lecture and Discussion1590

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants in long term, acute, and other healthcare facilities. The content focuses on interpersonal skills, overview of the human body, medical terminology, legal and ethical responsibilities, safe and efficient work, restorative care principles, geriatrics, nutrition, pet-facilitated therapy, health and safety including CPR and employability skills. Instruction is provided through classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Upon completion of the course, the student is eligible to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and health occupations.
  2. Use oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing and interpreting information and ideas.
  3. Describe the importance of professional ethics and legal responsibilities
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts
  5. Demonstrate the importance of health, safety, and environmental management systems in organizations and their importance to organizational performance and regulatory compliance.
  6. Recognize and respond to emergency situations
  7. Recognize and practice infection control procedures
  8. Use information technology tools. 
  9. Explain the importance of employability skill and entrepreneurship skills. 
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases, including aids
  11. Demonstrate mathematics and science knowledge and skills.
  12. Demonstrate language arts knowledge and skills.
  13. Demonstrate personal money-management concepts, procedures, and strategies.
  14. Solve problems using critical thinking skills, creativity and innovation.
  15. Describe the roles within teams, work units, departments, organizations, inter-organizational systems, and the larger environment.
  16. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills needed to accomplish team goals and objectives.
  17. Use verbal and written communications specific to the Nursing assistant.
  18. Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities specific to the nursing assistant.
  19. Perform physical comfort and safety functions specific to the nursing assistant.
  20. Provide personal patient care.
  21. Perform patient care procedures.
  22. Apply principles of nutrition.
  23. Provide care for geriatric patients.
  24. Apply the principles of infection control specific to the nursing assistant.
  25. Provide biological, psychological, and social support.
  26. Perform supervised organizational functions, following the patient plan of care.
  27. Assist with restorative (rehabilitative) activities.

Required Texts:

Whitenton, L., & Walker, M. (2010) CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN- 13-978-0-7897-3934-6

Wolgin, F., Smith, K., & French, j. (2012). Pearson’s Nursing Assistant Today. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN- 978-0-13-506442-9


As needed and directed by the instructor

**Please note: Different students learn at different rates.  However, students should expect to spend two hours in study and preparation for each hour spent in the class.  This would include reading, papers, projects, exercises, study and other preparation.  Similarly, students should expect to spend one hour in study and preparation for each two hours spent in lab.

Topic List

  1. Health care delivery systems
  2. Health care occupations
  3. Communication skills
  4. Ethic and legal responsibilities for the NA
  5. Wellness, prevention and disease concepts
  6. Safety within the environment
  7. Safety of the patient
  8. Organizational performance
  9. Regulatory compliance
  10. Emergency situations and the role of the NA
  11. Infection control measures
  12. Electronic health record
  13. Career development skills
  14. Money management
  15. Solving problems
  16. Roles of the RN, LPN, and NA
  17. Teamwork
  18. NA communication skills
  19. Comfort measures
  20. Personalized patient care
  21. Patient care procedures
  22. Nutrition principles
  23. Provide care to patients through the lifespan
  24. Rehabilitative activities
  25. Providing support to the family and patient 


Assigned Readings
Laboratory Practice and Evaluation
Case Studies
Role Play
Written Paper
Group Work


Final Exam
Lab Skills Check Off (Pass/Fail)
Electronic Documentation
Clinical Paperwork (Pass/Fail)

Total                    100 points

** Exam Make-up Policy:

  1. If a student is absent for a course exam, the missed exam must be made up within seventy-two hours, as scheduled by the instructor.
  2. A maximum grade of 76% is available for the make-up exam.
  3. The make-up exam will be in essay format, with the number of questions determined by the instructor. A total of one hour will be allowed for this make-up exam.
  4. The make-up exam will be allowed one time per course, any future missed exams will be awarded a grade of 0%.
  5. This policy doesn’t apply towards quizzes.
    1. Quizzes: are to be completed via Blackboard by the specified due date and time using the Respondus Lockdown Browser.
    2. Real EHR:Pearson’s RealEHR is designed to expose students to electronic documentation in a simulated program. Pearson’s RealEHR provides an experience which is comparable to the software used in many hospitals. The program is used to familiarize students with electronic documentation, and to teach students how to document accurately. Students will engage in “real-time charting” while in lab, and have homework assignments from this program.
    3. Exams: Exams are mandated to be taken as scheduled by the instructor. Exams are designated to assist in the assessment of student’s knowledge and comprehension of the material.
    4. Homework: Homework is used to reinforce and assess learning from the assigned readings.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Range

A 93-100

A- 90-92

B+ 87-89

B 83-86

B- 80-82

C+ 76-79

F Below 76

Late Assignment Policy: Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior authorization has been granted by the instructor of record. Late assignments are defined as any submission entered after the scheduled due date & time.

In order for the student to complete the nursing assistant program, a grade of 76 or higher must be achieved in the didactic portion of this course and the student must pass all lab/clinical assignments and check offs.

Receive $1,000 Scholarship by Continuing Your Studies!

Upon completion of the Patient Care Technician diploma program, you can re-enroll into the next scheduled Practical Nursing program and receive a $1000 scholarship towards tuition! Speak to the admissions department for details.

** Disclaimer: This syllabus is not a contract. The instructor reserves the right to alter the course requirements, schedule, and/or assignments based on new materials, class discussions, or other legitimate pedagogical objectives. Students will be given notice of relevant changes in class or via email.