Nursing: Nurse Aide Certificate

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus
Clarinda Center
Cass County Center
Shelby County Center

Job Outlook

6,953 Jobs (2020)

+5.0% Change from 2020-2025

What will you do

The Nurse Aide 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: $12.17
  • Average: $14.23
  • Experienced: $19.61

Career Examples

  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
  • Certified Medication Aides (CMA)
  • Patient Care Technicians (Healthcare Practitioners and Technical)
  • Certified Medical Assistants (CMA)
  • Patient Care Technicians (Healthcare Support)
  • Medical Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Resident Care Assistants.

First Semester

HSC 172 - Nurse Aide 3.0 Credit(s)
HSC 113 - Medical Terminology 2.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 5.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 5.0


  • This certificate program does not meet the 16 semester hour requirements for federal financial aid.  Students who require federal financial aid should select the Nursing: Advanced Nursing Certificate program of study.

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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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