Course Description for Basic Nursing Assistant


7 Weeks / 144 Clock Hours

The primary objective of the Basic Nursing Assistant Program is to provide students with the hands-on training necessary to offer high-quality care to patients while working alongside other qualified health care professionals. Course offerings include training in hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies, as well as courses of study and practice in skills related to patient care. Students divide their time between classroom and laboratory instruction to best equip them to sit for the Illinois Certified Nursing Exam or secure entry level employment in the health care or nursing industry.

    Upon Program Completion:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Prepares students to take the Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant Exam
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BNA 100 Fundamentals of Nursing Assistant

96 Clock Hours

 

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Introduction to Health Care Systems

16 Clock Hours


This module will define long-term care centers and their personnel, OBRA regulations and requirements, delegated tasks, resident rights, professionalism, ethical behavior on a job, qualities and traits of a successful nursing assistant, philosophy of patient care, and communicating with the health care team.

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The Patient

16 Clock Hours


This module will discuss basic structures and functions of tissues and cells and the structures and functions of each body system.  Students will learn the importance of quality of life of the older person.  The aspects of the older person’s life will be discussed: social relationships, aging, death, retirement, housing issues, and changes in body systems.  The importance of sexuality throughout life and how aging affects sexuality in older persons will be discussed.

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Protecting the Person

16 Clock Hours


The safety of older persons will be discussed in this module.  Risk factors, common safety measures, prevention of accidents, and restraint use are covered.  The student will learn about the different types of infection, signs and symptoms of infection, asepsis, disinfection and sterilization, as well as blood borne pathogen standards.  Good body mechanics, lifting, turning, and moving persons comfortably will be discussed.

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Assisting with Activities of Daily Living

16 Clock Hours


In this module students will learn about the resident’s unit, bed making, hygiene, grooming, urinary elimination, bowel elimination, nutrition, and fluids.

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Patient Assessment

16 Clock Hours


In this module students will learn about the importance of exercise and activity of the older person, as well as comfort, rest, and sleep.  The needs of older persons with oxygen and assisting those with limited capabilities will also be discussed.  It is in this module that the student will learn to measure vital signs: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respirations.  Students will also learn to assist with a physical examination, staying within the realm of a BNA.

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Assisting with Care Needs

16 Clock Hours


In this module students will learn about transferring, admitting, and discharging of persons.  Wound care and heat and cold applications will be discussed.  Common physical and mental health problems will be introduced as well as topics on dementia, confusion, and developmental disabilities.  Rehabilitation and restorative care, basic emergency care, and the dying person are additional topics studied.  Upon successful completion of six modules, a uniform will be provided by MTI.

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BNA 200. Nursing Assistant Practicum

48 Clock Hours


Students will participate in a unpaid practicum setting with a minimum of 48 hours.  Attendance is crucial.  Students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to assigned facilities.  Students will apply knowledge with hands-on caring for residents in various long term care facilities.

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