Nursing: Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate

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Program Information

Get into a healthcare career at the ground level with the Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate program. If you are interested in healthcare, want to work closely with patients, and want to get working right away, this might be a great fit for you.

Students in the Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate program acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to provide basic patient care in nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. After completing the Certified Nurse Aide course, students are eligible to become a Certified Nurse Aide.

Job Outlook

6,928 Jobs (2020)

+5.6% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate  program of study is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of this four-month certificate. The certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs in healthcare as nurse aids in hospitals and long-term healthcare or assisted living facilities. The national job market for nurse aids is large and growing steadily, with more opportunities for nurse aids in nursing care facilities than in hospitals.


  • Entry: $11.65
  • Average: $13.70
  • Experienced: $19.10

Career Examples

  • Registered Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Travel Nurses- Medical/Surgical
  • Labor and Delivery Nurses
  • Assistant professors
  • Certified Medication Aided
  • Cardiovascular Operation Room Nurses

First Semester

HSC 172 - Nurse Aide 3.0 Credit(s)
HSC 113 - Medical Terminology 2.0 Credit(s)
PEH 130 - CPR and First Aid in the Workplace 1.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)
BIO 157 - Human Biology 4.0 Credit(s)


ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)


ENG 105 - Composition I 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 16.0


1 Students interested in advancing to the Practical or Associate Degree Nursing program should complete these courses.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Communicate effectively with professional staff, patients/residents and their families.
    2. Compare and contrast normal and aging related normal physiology.
    3. Demonstrate the understanding and appropriate integration of ethical/legal principles in providing care and fulfilling job responsibilities.
    4. Practice safety measures in providing patient/resident care.
    5. Describe and give examples of responsibilities and roles the nurse aide.

Program Disclaimers

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