Nursing Assistant 1

Course Number: NUR 90
Transcript Title: Nursing Assistant 1
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: February 22, 2016
Total Credits: 9
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 180
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into RD 90 and WR 90; proof of Measles immunization

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Current TB test and passing of a criminal background check

Course Description

Covers the knowledge and skills needed for the safe physical care of patients in long-term care facilities. Follows curriculum approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing in preparation for the Oregon Nursing Assistant Exam. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90; proof of Measles immunization; Prerequisite/Concurrent: current TB test and passing of a criminal background check.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Apply OSHA and client safety standards and use proper infection control methods in client care situations.
  2. Apply basic physiological and psychological care to clients.
  3. Follow local, state and federal regulations for client care in various settings.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of ethics and client rights when providing client care.
  5. Provide appropriate interventions in a client or care setting emergency.
  6. Be prepared to take the Oregon Nursing Assistant Exam for certification.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Role play, skills testing, exams
  • Skills checklist
  • BLS/AED American Heart Healthcare Certification completion

Course Activities and Design

The Nursing Assistant Course is divided into 3 sections:

  • Classroom (Theory and Skills Competency): 80 hours are scheduled. A minimum of 75 hours of classroom/lab time must be spent reviewing the chapters in our text, taking tests, viewing videos, and practicing nursing assistant skills.
  • Clinical: 80 hours are scheduled. A minimum of 75 hours must be spent in the clinical setting where students are assessed following areas:
    • Appearance
    • Promptness
    • Communication (with patients, staff, students, and instructor)
    • Proper technique in nursing assistant skills (i.e. hand washing, transfers, ADL’s, vital signs, etc.)
    • Willingness to work.
  • Final Exam: 4 hours are scheduled and student must attend or make prior arrangements with the Primary Instructor for an alternate time. This is an extra 4 hours that is included into the class time, but not in the required 75 hours of classroom/lab instruction.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Ethics and Rights
  • Communication
  • Basic Needs
  • Infection Control and Blood borne Pathogens
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  • Body Mechanics
  • Safety
  • Nutrition and Fluid Balance
  • Patient Comfort and Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Vital Signs
  • Body Systems
  • Long-term Care
  • Death and Dying
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Special Care
  • Facility Survey

Skills (see most current list from OSBN)

  • Communication
  • Infection Control and Standard Precautions
  • Safety/Emergency Procedures
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Elimination
  • Personal Care
  • Restorative Care
  • Measure and Record