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Nursing Assistant Program

Nursing Assistant Program

Degree Type: Certificate, CER

Pathway: Health Sciences

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Nursing Assistant Program

Why Choose NUA?
If you have a passion for bedside care, we can turn your passion into a career. Join one of the nation's fastest-growing industries, earn your certificate and begin working in as little as ten weeks.

Upon graduating with the Nursing Assistant Certificate over 90% of our students get jobs in the industry. The demand for Nursing Assistants has increased by 12% per year and is expected to continue to increase dramatically. Additionally, hospitals are shifting toward hiring more Certified Nursing Assistants.

PPSC Nursing Assistant students are provided an extensive, in-depth bedside education. This program is treated as a nursing preparatory course, and students are given nearly twice as much in-class and clinical experience than required by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

PPSC prepares its nursing assistant students with the skills, technical competence, and know-how needed to find a rewarding career. Graduates have a reputation for being caring, skilled and efficient nursing assistants, who are highly sought after in our community.

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Classes You Might Take

We offer affordable, hands-on training at Pikes Peak State College, followed by a clinical experience which prepares you for the State test.
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Prepares the student to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide.

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Applies the knowledge and skills gained in NUA 1001 to patient care.

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Prepares the student to move toward more independent functioning within the nurse aide scope of practice, in applying knowledge and skills gained in NUA 1001 and NUA 1070. The student will learn skills that enhance communication, cultural competency, end of life care, critical thinking and organizational skills.

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Terminal Competencies

  • Student demonstrates sensitivity to Clients’ emotional, social, and mental health needs through skillful, directed interactions
  • Student recognizes importance of Clients maintaining independence and promotes self-care whenever possible
  • Student exhibits behaviors that support and promote Clients’ rights and quality of life

  • Demonstrates skill level needed for on-going thorough and accurate assessment
  • Performs and records measurements accurately
  • Demonstrates safety awareness
  • Practices infection control measures

  • Student functions within the health care team in the nursing assistant role


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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant certificate program, students should be able to: 

  • Implement awareness of a client’s emotional, social, and mental health needs through skillful, directed interactions
  • Support the client in attaining and maintaining independence
  • Interpret the observational and documentation skills needed in the assessment of client’s health, physical condition, and well-being
  • Demonstrate the functions of the nursing assistant within the health care team
  • Communicate competently with clients and other members of the healthcare team
  • Exhibit behavior in support and promotion of the Clients’ rights
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the Colorado Nurse Aide Practice Act

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The professors here really work with you and all the staff are really kind.

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General Studies Major | Future Transfer Student