Basic Nursing Assistant Training

This program is designed to train the beginning nursing assistant (NA) to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the patients of any health care setting. It is designed to meet the training requirements of both federal and Nebraska laws for nursing assistants working in a licensed nursing facility. The skills and knowledge contained in this material can be adapted for any health care or residential setting.

6.5 quarter credit hours, 76 theory/lab/clinical clock hours

Employment settings: nursing facilities; assisted living, home health, hospitals, ICF-MR

Textbook requirements: Basic Nursing Assistant Training Student Manual. Purchase textbook from NHCA Store.

Additional Requirements

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime rationally related to their practice of moral turpitude.
  • Must be able to speak and understand the English language or a language understood by a substantial portion of the facility's population without the use of an interpretive device.
  • Must successfully complete the Basic Nursing Assistant training and testing approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division.

Program Objectives

At the completion of the Basic Nursing Assistant Training, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the work setting and the job responsibilities of the nursing assistant. Concepts include communication, safety precautions, and emergency care.
  • Apply skills and principles used in the role of the Nursing Assistant to aid patients to meet their basic physical and safety needs.
  • Explore the nursing assistant's role in meeting love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization needs of patients.