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 Course Title:   Nursing Assistant/Pre-Certificate Refresher

 Title Abbreviation:   NURS ASST/PRE-CERT REFRE

 Department:    NURS

 Course #:    115

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

This is a State of Washington supplemental Nursing Assistant course designed to reinforce the content and skills learned in NURS 100. The student will review theory and apply knowledge in the classroom and lab setting. Recommend registering for this course when registering for NURS 100. This course will commence immediately following completion of NURS 100.


NURS 100 or a State of Washington Department of Health approved Nursing Assistant (NAC) program.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 11

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic Nursing Assistant skills in the campus lab.
  2. Describe the Nursing Assistant role within the long-term care environment.
  3. Identify techniques of therapeutic communication.
  4. Identify ethical and legal behaviors and responsibilities of the Nursing Assistant.
  5. Show understanding of the basic types and functions of health care facilities.
  6. Discuss the importance of effective observation and communication skills, including proper use of medical terminology and abbreviations.
  7. Demonstrate proper safety and emergency procedures.
  8. Describe both physical and chemical restraints, OBRA regulations regarding the use, negative results of their use and alternatives.
  9. Demonstrate the importance of proper body mechanics and proper positioning.
  10. Identify infection control principles and techniques to prevent the spread of infection including, but not limited to, HIV/Aids, Hepatitis, MRSA, UTI's and various pathogens.
  11. Demonstrate all basic personal care skills. (NACES list as minimal requirement)
  12. Show understanding of restorative skills, as well as environmental factors that promote an optimal level of client function, individualizing care to consider the individual's cultural, religious, diagnostic and developmental differences.
  13. Discuss alternative diets and the importance of proper nutrition, fluid balance, and bowel function.
  14. Discuss basic body systems and common disease processes, and required adjustments in care.
  15. Communicate understanding in caring for a resident and their family when death is imminent.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Basic Nursing Assistant skills related to physical and psychological needs.
  2. Nursing Assistant role and responsibilities within the long-term care environment.
  3. Therapeutic and nontherapeutic communication and the Nursing Assistant/client relationship.
  4. Ethical and legal behaviors and responsibilities.
  5. Basic types and functions of health care facilities.
  6. Effective observation and communication skills; proper safety and emergency procedures.
  7. Physical and chemical restraints and OBRA regulations; proper body mechanics and positioning.
  8. Infection control principles and techniques; basic personal care skills for clinical.
  9. Restorative skills, environmental factors, and considering the cultural, religious, diagnostic and developmental differences of the individual.
  10. Alternative diets, proper nutrition, fluid balance and bowel function; basic body systems and common disease processes.
  11. Caring for a resident and their family when death is imminent.