The Nursing Assistant/Home Care Aide program focuses on safe and effective functioning when providing client care in the healthcare setting and/or the home environment. Emphasis is placed on assisting clients with daily living and performing fundamental skills. These skills include checking and recording blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate and temperature, performing bathing, hygiene and toileting, bed making, utilizing proper body mechanics, providing mobility, meal service and the proper usage of assistive devices, wheelchairs and lifters. Concepts pertaining to the psychosocial approach to caregiving are covered along with basic Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and infection control.
Skills are taught and practiced in a hospital type laboratory and a home/apartment laboratory setting. Required clinical hours are spent in a long-term care facility providing hands-on care to residents.
Upon successful completion of 48 contact hours, students will receive a Home Care Aide Certificate of Completion. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Nursing Certificate of Proficiency and are eligible to take the practical and competency examinations that lead to Arkansas State Certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA).
The curriculum has been developed in accordance with the Health Care Finance Administration under the OBRA 1987 Guidelines.
A grade of "C" is required for passing.
COURSE OPTIONS: Weekday and evening classes are eight (8) weeks in length and are admitted twice each semester. Saturday classes are approximately ten weeks in length. Class size is limited.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Complete all SEARK College admission requirements. General and specific requirements listed below:
- Completion of all the general admission procedures of the college. Refer to the Southeast Arkansas College Catalog and Student Handbook;
- Completion of the ACT exam with a Reading score of 19, ACCUPLACER NG score of 263+, or completion of a course in developmental reading with a grade of "C" or better;
- Approval of a Nursing & Allied Health faculty advisor; and
- Complete Southeast Arkansas College Nursing and Allied Health Application form.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be admitted based on successful completion of the registration process.
All applicants shall have equal opportunity regardless of race, disability, sex, creed, religion, or nationality.
Applicants with special needs due to a disability must make this fact known prior to admission so that necessary accommodations can be made. Because of the nature of the profession, it may not always be possible to accommodate students with severe disabilities.
ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE: Upon acceptance to the program, individuals are required to submit the following health information as evidence of being free of any communicable disease prior to beginning classes.
- Functional Ability Acknowledgement Form;
- P.P.D. Skin Test or Chest X-Ray;
- Hepatitis B Series or Signature on SEARK College Vaccination Waiver Claim Form; and
- Criminal background check.
Random drug screening may be utilized at any time during the course of the program at the student's expense.
The Office of Long-Term Care administers the Long-Term Care Criminal Record Check program. This program requires certain long-term care employees to undergo criminal record checks prior to employment in a long-term care facility. Conviction of certain specified crimes could result in being permanently barred from working in a long-term care facility. For the list of disqualifying criminal offenses view www.seark.edu - Academic Departments - Nursing and Allied Health - Nursing Assistant Applicant.