Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide Class

Start Your Career in Healthcare and Become a NURSING ASSISTANT and HOME HEALTH AIDE. You will gain knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality health care. Skills are practiced in the program laboratory. Supervised clinical experience occurs in acute/sub-acute skilled nursing facilities.

This course is licensed by the Maassachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) And the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Proprietary Schools.

Upon successful course completion, the student will be prepared to sit in the C.N.A State test. If State test is passed, CNA's name will be placed on the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry

Program completion requires thrity two (32) clock hours of clinical experience. Students must demonstrate specific knowledge and basic skills competencies in a real-life-setting.

The classroom portion of the program is ninety (90) clock hours and involves lecture/lab sessions with specific clinical applications.

Clinical experience must be successfully completed under the supervision of instructors in order for a student to graduate from the program .

This program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed.

Classroom instruction includes an introduction to health care, basic nursing skills, body structure and function, resident's rights and infection control. Students are also trained to be efficient health care team members.

Two easy steps to apply:

  • Pass the assessment test with a passisg grade of 100%. The test consists of basic math and general English proficiency skills.
  • Complete application for admission
The assessment test is offered at the school Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Calendar: Classes will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.        
 Class Schedule:
Weekdays (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) Class & Lab
8:30AM - 3:00 PM Morning Session
Evening Session
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Evening Session
Weekend (Saturday-Sunday) Class & Lab
9:00 AM - 3:00PM
· Open enrollment throughout the year. All dates and times subject to change

Required Program Supplies:

Students need to acquire the following personal items which may be purchased locally or ordered from a catalog.

· An approved uniform ( slacks and shirt or blouse) and Wristwatch with a second hand.

· One pair of clinic-type shoes. Athletic shoes are acceptable if they are clean and white color. No open toes shoes


                    Program Curriculum

· Communications and interpersonal skills

· Infection control

· Safety/Emergency procedures including Heimlich maneuver

· Promoting resident's independence and resident's rights

· Taking and recording vital signs

· Measuring and recording height and weight

· Caring for the resident's environment

· Recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and the importance of such changes

· End of life care

· Personal hygiene care including :Bathing ,Grooming, Mouth care, Dressing and Toileting

· Assisting with eating and hydration

· Proper feeding techniques

· Skin Care and Transfers , Positioning and turning

Mental Health and Social Service needs:
· Learning to respond to clients emotional needs

· Awareness of developmental tasks associated with the aging process

· Enhancing residents independance and dignity,

· Resident's family as source of emotional support.

Care of the Cognitively Impaired residents:
· Techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of residents with dementia, Alzheimer and others.

· Communicating with cognitively impaired residents.

· Appropriate responses to the behavior of cognitively impaired residents.

· Method of reducing the effects of cognitive impairments.

Basic Restorative Service:
· Training the resident in self care according to the residents abilities
· Use of assistive devices in transferring , ambulation, eating and dressing .

· Maintenance of range of motion

· Proper turning in positioning in bed and chair

· Bowel and bladder training.

· Care and use of prosthetic and orthopedic device.
Resident's Rights:

· Providing privacy and maintenance of confidentiality.

· Promoting the resident's right to make personal choices to accommodate their needs.

· Giving assistance in resolving grievances and disputes .

· Providing needed assistance in getting to and participating in resident and family groups and other activities.

· Maintaining care and security of resident's personal possessions .

· Promoting the resident's right to be free from abuse, mistreatment and neglect and the need to report any instances of such treatment to appropriate facility staff.

· Avoiding the need for restraints in accordance with current professional standards.