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Nursing Assistant Program

Welcome to MassBay's Nursing Assistant Program


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 127.5–hour certificate training program (87.5 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 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 Spring and Fall Semester course occurs on Friday evenings as needed and weekends for the classroom and clinical component; the Summer semester course’s classroom portion takes place two days per week for 6 weeks. 



  • Short-term Training:  MassBay’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:  The median hourly wage in 2013 was $13.98. *
  • 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: $950 (Due at time of registration)
Clinical Uniform, patch and name tag: $50;
Watch (with a sweep-second hand): $31;
Stethoscope: $22
Required Textbook: The Nursing Assistant: Acute, Subacute, and Long-term Care / Edition 5
            By JoLynn Pulliam ($68.50)
Healthcare Provider CPR Certification: $75
Scholarships are available through the MassBay Foundation:  


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
  • Have a current Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  • 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% on the first attempt.
  • 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 1st (Spring), or or July 1st (Summer) submit all required health, immunization and CPR certification to Certified Background, a secure online platform. Instructions will be provided.
  • 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 and spring semesters, classes take place some Friday evenings from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. In the summer semester, the classroom component takes place during the week. Hands-on clinical experiences are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm in long-term care facilities. Sign up for an orientation session to find out more:

CU 152/Nurse Assistant ~ Spring 2015 Course Schedule
Classes meet at MassBay’s Framingham Campus on some Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays. Clinical experiences take place at a long-term care facility on weekends.

Week 1 Saturday, March 28   8:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, March 298:00am – 4:30pm
2Friday, April 35:30pm – 9:30pm
 Saturday, April 48:00am – 4:30pm
3Saturday, April 118:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, April 128:00am – 4:30pm
4Friday, April 17 5:30pm – 9:30pm
 Sunday, April 198:00am – 4:30pm
5Saturday, April 25 8:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, April 268:00am – 4:30pm
6Saturday, May 28:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, May 38:00am – 4:30pm
7Saturday, May 9 8:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Sunday, May 108:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
8Saturday, May 168:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Sunday, May 178:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
9Saturday, May 238:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL



CU 152/Nurse Assistant ~ Summer 2015 Course Schedule (subject to change)
Classes meet at MassBay’s Framingham Campus on some Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays. Clinical experiences take place at a long-term care facility on weekends.


Week 1 Monday, July 13   8:00am – 4:30pm
 Wednesday, July 158:00am – 4:30pm
2Monday, July 208:00am – 4:30pm
 Wednesday, July 228:00am – 4:30pm
3Monday, July 278:00am – 4:30pm
 Wednesday, July 298:00am – 4:30pm
4Monday, August 38:00am – 4:30pm
 Wednesday, August 58:00am – 4:30pm
5Monday, August 108:00am – 4:30pm
 Wednesday, August 128:00am – 4:30pm
6Saturday, August 158:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Sunday, August 168:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
7Saturday, August 228:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Sunday, August 238:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
8Saturday, August 298:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Skills Review Date TBD9:00am – 5:00pm (Skills Review)


CU 152/Nurse Assistant ~ Fall 2015 Course Schedule(subject to change)
Classes meet at MassBay’s Framingham Campus on some Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays. Clinical experiences take place at a long-term care facility on weekends.


Week 1 Sunday, November 1   8:00am – 4:30pm
2Saturday, November 78:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, November 88:00am – 4:30pm
3Saturday, November 148:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, November 158:00am – 4:30pm
4Friday, November 205:30pm – 9:30pm
 Saturday, November 218:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, November 228:00am – 4:30pm
5Friday, November 275:30pm – 9:30pm
 Saturday, November 288:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, November 298:00am – 4:30pm
6Saturday, December 58:00am – 4:30pm
 Sunday, December 68:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
7Saturday, December 128:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Sunday, December 138:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
8Saturday, December 198:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Sunday, December 208:00am – 4:30pm CLINICAL
 Skills Review Date TBD9:00am – 5:00pm (Skills Review)



For More Information:
Contact Denise Germain at 508-270-4024, or via email at, for the latest class schedule.