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Nursing Assistant Program

Admissions Requirements and Proposed Schedule for MassBay Nurse Assistant Program →MassBay Nurse Assistant Program Scholarship Application →

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Nurse Assistant Orientation Session

Attendance is required before you can register for the nurse assistant course. Orientations take place in the Framingham campus auditorium.

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Nurse Assistants perform vital hygiene and daily living functions of patients in their care. They are also responsible for positioning and transporting patients, obtaining vital signs, maintaining a clean and safe living environment, and for monitoring the overall health and safety of their patients.


Nurse Assistants provide an invaluable service and play an important role in caring for elderly or disabled patients. In the growing field of health care, the ability to provide compassionate, responsible assistance to incapacitated people is a needed skill. Nurse Assistants find employment in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities, or as home health aides, working directly with patients and under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Licensed Nurse Practitioners. Nurse Assistants are people who:

  • Enjoy working with people who rely on them
  • Want to make a difference in people’s lives
  • Desire a rewarding and sustainable career

Nursing assistants are vital members of the healthcare team, performing hands-on resident/client care and routine tasks for individuals of various ages and health conditions. In just eight weeks*, MassBay prepares Nurse Assistant Training students for the Red Cross Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation (NACE) test and for an entry-level career in health care as a Nurse Assistant. In this 120–hour certificate training program (80 lecture/laboratory hours on campus and 40 clinical hours at a long-term care facility), students will learn how to perform routine healthcare tasks for today’s increasingly diverse population. The course will include Medical Terminology course, basic skills training, such as the fundamentals of how to check and monitor vital signs and deal with a wide range of patients’ and residents’ needs. Other topics include the roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Assistant; understanding the elderly; safety; food service; personal care; elimination; restorative nursing; use of assistive devices; hygiene and infection control; and work ethics of a professional member of the nursing and health team. Classes are held on MassBay’s Framingham campus and are small, ensuring an intimate student-centered environment. The certification exam will take place on the Framingham Campus shortly after the end of the course.

*The spring, summer and fall Semester courses are scheduled weekends for the classroom and clinical components.

  • Short-term Training: Mass Bay’s program is only 8 weeks long, including lecture and lab/clinical practice.
  • Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 17% through the year 2022.*
  • Good Pay: In Massachusetts, the median hourly wage in 2015 was $14. *
  • Room for Advancement: A Nurse Assistant can, with additional education at MassBay, advance to become a Practical Nurse, and then advance to become a Registered Nurse.
  • Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance and 401(k) retirement savings plan.

* Source: Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Program graduates receive a Certificate of Completion in Nurse Assistant Training which—along with certification—can get them an entry-level job as a Certified Nurse Assistant. MassBay’s Nurse Assistant program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Approval # 91262P.
Program Costs
Tuition: $1130 (Due at time of registration)
Clinical Uniform, patch and name tag: $50;
Watch (with a sweep-second hand): $31;
Stethoscope: $22
Required Textbook: How To Be a Nurse Assistant: Creating Awareness And Understanding of Those In Your Care 7th Edition AHCA 2014. $64 (purchase)
Healthcare Provider CPR Certification: $75

Scholarships are available through the MassBay Foundation.
MassBay Nurse Assistant Program Scholarship Application →
Program Requirements Before Acceptance
  • Attend an orientation session on the Framingham Campus.
  • Be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Complete the CORI and SORI forms to authorize a search of records for past criminal offenses.

Depending on the results of the CORI and SORI check, participation in the program’s clinical component may be denied.

  • Pass a pre-registration reading and math test at 100% (two attempts allowed).
  • Meet all technical standards.
  • Read and sign the Memo of Understanding.

You must attend an orientation session in order to enroll in the program. You may sign up for an orientation by clicking the link in the “Schedule” Section below. The CORI and SORI check and pre-registration test will occur at the orientation.

Program Requirements After Acceptance
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • By October 1st (Fall), March 15th (Spring), or June 20th (Summer) submit all required health, immunization and CPR certification to Certified Background, a secure online platform. Instructions will be provided.
  • Have a current Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  • Complete a national county background check.
  • Purchase the required textbook.
  • Purchase the required uniform, patch, and name-tag and have them for the third class meeting.
  • 100% attendance at all class and clinical sessions.
  • Successfully pass all course tests and quizzes at 75% or better.
  • Obtain 100% in skills lab competency prior to participating in clinical sessions.

Students who do not meet the above requirements will not be awarded a certificate.


When offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters, classes take place Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am–4:30pm. Hands-on clinical experiences are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00am–3:30pm in long-term care facilities.

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Fall 2018: Saturday and Sunday Class on the Framingham Campus and Clinical at a Long-term Care Facility (subject to change)





Sunday, October 28, 2018



Saturday, November 3, 2018



Sunday, November 4, 2018



Saturday, November 10, 2018



Sunday, November 11, 2018



Saturday, November 18, 2018



Sunday, November 19, 2018



Saturday, November 24, 2018



Sunday, November 25, 2018



Saturday, December 1, 2018



Sunday, December 2, 2018

7:00am–3:30pm CLINICAL


Saturday, December 8, 2018

7:00am–3:30pm CLINICAL


Sunday, December 9, 2018

7:00am–3:30pm CLINICAL


Saturday, December 15, 2108

7:00am–3:30pm CLINICAL


Sunday, December 16, 2018

7:00am–3:30pm CLINICAL


For More Information:
Contact Alena Adams, MSN Ed., RN, Program Director via email at