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NUR158 is an 8-week course that prepares students for the Arizona State Board of Nursing exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA). The course includes lecture, lab, and clinical experience.
Career opportunities exist for nurse assistants to help clients/patients practice activities of daily living, provide bedside care and perform basic nursing procedures. CNA's work with patients in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care and acute care centers, assisted living facilities and patient's homes.
- Do you like to help people?
- Are you waiting for your spot in the nursing program?
- Do you want to get a jump start on your healthcare career?
- Are you a natural caregiver?
- The Nurse Assisting program may be a perfect fit!
These requirements must be completed before you are registered for your classes. Please see Tamara Lawrence, at the front desk in the Nursing Department at the MCC Southern/ Dobson campus, to get the needed information to initiate and complete the following steps. Please do not take steps to complete these items before seeing Tamara Lawrence:
- Background Check
- As of September 1, 2011 students must provide documentation that he or she has completed and “passed” an MCCCD-supplemental background check. The background check must be completed no sooner than six (6) months before the first date of the class. Detailed information can be found on the MaricopaNursing website. The instructions and MCC-specific access code for the background check must be obtained from the nursing department.
- Health Care Provider Signature Form
- A health care provider must sign the Health Care Provider Signature Form within six (6) months of program admission and indicate whether the applicant will be able to function as a nursing student based on the Essential Skills and Functional Abilities.
- Immunizations & Fingerprint Card
- Please read the Explanation of Health and Safety Requirements section of the checklist carefully for helpful information.
Attach required photo-copies of all documents to the checklist. Keep the originals for your own records. Once documents are accepted by the college, no document will be returned to the student.
The nursing department will need to see the Fingerprint Clearance Card in addition to the photocopy. To apply for a Fingerprint Clearance Card please see the following link: Arizona Department of Public Safety
NOTE: Flu Vaccine: During flu season, students will be required to receive an annual flu vaccination. Fall entry students will be required to receive the immunization in October. Spring entry students are required to have it prior to registration. Students who decline the flu vaccination for medical or religious purposes will be required to wear a mask during all clinical shifts. Further details can be provided by the MaricopaNursing program you are attending.
About the Program
The Nurse Assisting Course is 8 weeks in length, and combines classroom learning with experiential learning in the laboratory or clinical area. Classes are taught by a registered nurse. Students will be in class one day per week for 8 hours, in the laboratory 1 day per week for 4- 8 hours, and at a clinical site one or two additional days per week, from 8-10 hours. Together we will dive into medical terminology, patient/resident care, skill proficiency, therapeutic communication techniques, vital signs, client safety interventions and more.