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Nursing Assistant Program

Welcome to MassBay's Nursing Assistant Program

Overview


WHAT DO NURSE ASSISTANTS DO?
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.

WHY BECOME A NURSE ASSISTANT?
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


WHAT IS MASSBAY’S NURSE ASSISTANT PROGRAM?
In just eight weekends, MassBay prepares Nurse Assistant Training students for the Red Cross Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation (NACE) test, an important step in finding employment in the field.  Students will complete 32 hours of clinical work, and more than 75 hours of classroom instruction. Coursework is a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on, supervised clinical work in a long-term care facility.  Coursework includes learning 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.  Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class, ensuring an intimate student-centered environment.   Classes are held on MassBay’s Framingham campus.  Classes take place some Friday evenings from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  On the job training in clinical settings take place Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm in long-term care facilities.

WHAT MAKES NURSE ASSISTING A GOOD CAREER CHOICE?

 

  • Short-term Training:  MassBay’s program is only 8-weeks long, including both lecture and lab/clinical practice.
  • Solid Job Growth Prospects:  In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow in excess of 25% from 2008-2018.
  • Good Pay:  Typical entry-level wage is approximately $12/hr. 
  • 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.

Accreditation/Certification/Licensure:


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 # 91262P0512.


Questions:


For More Information:
Please click on our Nurse Assistant Program brochure. Or, contact Denise Germain at tel 508-270-4024, or via email at dgermain@massbay.edu, for the latest class schedule.