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Nurse Assisting

Nurse Assisting



*NOTICE: This program will not be available at Phoenix College as of Spring 2015

Nurse Assistants are vital members of the health care team and provide basic care to patients such as feeding, grooming, and moving, under the direction of nursing staff. The Nurse Assisting program prepares students for entry level employment in various health care settings as a nursing assistant.

The program combines classroom instruction with clinical laboratory, skilled care and acute care experiences.

Students in this program receive training that enables them to:

  • Describe basic nurse assisting procedures for the acute and/or long-term care patient
  • Apply nurse assisting skills to meet the basic and holistic needs of hospitalized adults in acute and long-term care facilities
  • Communicate effectively with members of the health care team

Program Degree

In this program you can earn the following:

An Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree is also available. Students who are planning to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing may obtain their prerequisite courses at Maricopa Community Colleges. For information on courses that meet requirements for admission into a baccalaureate program, please contact a program advisor.

Employment Outlook

Overall employment of nursing aides is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations due in large part to the high increase in long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.

Eligibility for Licensure

Completion of the nurse assisting curriculum and general education requirement prepares students to take the Nurse Assistant State Board Exam. Students who complete the program are eligible to take a written and practical certification examination and work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Licensing requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.