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Nurse Aide Certificate

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

The Nurse Aide program provides the highest quality education and skill training to prepare students to become a professional, safe and competent member of the health care team. Graduates are prepared to take and pass the Colorado State Certification exam, and have the necessary skills to gain employment as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). We strive to positively impact the quality of health care provided in the community.

Nurse Aide

5 credits
(1 semester)

Learn the entry-level skills required for employment as a CNA in a long-term care facility, an acute care facility or a home health care agency. Not all of the patients a nurse aide cares for are elderly, but the special needs of the geriatric population are an emphasis of the Nurse Aide training program at FRCC.

Earning a certificate in Nurse Aide from FRCC qualifies you to take the State Certification Examination to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). The program's State Exam pass rates consistently rank above the state average, which indicates the quality of instruction and rigor of the program.

Nurse Aide Certificate: See required courses and descriptions

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Offered at Loveland and Westminster Campuses only.


What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Master the basic nursing skills of a Nurse Aide in order to assist a professional Nurse to provide quality patient/resident care in a variety of settings, and in order to successfully pass the state certifying exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.).
  2. Demonstrate mastery and competency of physical care skills, personal care skills, emotional/psycho-social care skills, mobility, nutrition and hydration, elimination and therapeutic procedures, including measuring and recording vital signs, observing and reporting, and documenting care provided to residents.
  3. Demonstrate safety techniques for prevention of injury, understand Heimlich maneuver and other emergency procedures, and follow safety protocols in clinical for safe delivery of resident care.
  4. Understand and demonstrate competency with infection control procedures, including protection of self and others.
  5. Use critical thinking skills in applying knowledge from class to the clinical setting, and while performing care of residents.
  6. Demonstrate effective, accurate, ethical and professional spoken, written and non-verbal communication skills with instructors, peers, facility staff, residents and families, and will develop good rapport with residents, demonstrating appropriate responses to clients with mental or emotional needs.
  7. Consistently demonstrate professionalism in dress, attitude, communication, attendance, preparation, ownership, respectfulness, truthfulness and reliability, and will demonstrate understanding of the skills of a professional Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
  8. Understand and implement patient and resident rights, including right to choice, privacy and confidentiality, and will abide by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws at all times.
  9. Understand and follow the scope of practice of a Nurse Aide.

CNA Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
CNA $26,961

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2018)

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