Sep 22, 2023  
2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Nurse Aide, Certificate

The Nurse Aide 75 Hour certificate is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients/residents in a variety of long-term care facilities and to be successful on the Iowa Direct Care Worker registry exam. Successful completion of the exam is required by State Legislation in order to work in a long-term care facility. The Nurse Aide 75 hour course is offered for college credit and is one of the prerequisites to the nursing program. After successful completion of the Nurse Aide 75-hour course the student would then be eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Aide course.

Program Details

Locations: Ames, Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Perry, Southridge, Urban and West

Students Start: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

See course schedule for start dates and times.

Program Entry Requirements:

Certificate Prerequisites must be met prior to registration and can be found on the website:

  1. Apply for admission to DMACC
  2. Complete Core Performance form
  3. Criminal/Abuse Background Check Forms
  4. Course Acknowledgement Form
  5. Physical and Immunization Forms 
  6. Flu Vaccine form (October through April)
  7. Students must complete an American Heart Association (AHA) or American Red Cross (ARC) healthcare provider level course. The course must include adult/child and infant CPR (including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag mask), foreign-body airway obstruction, and automated external defibrillation (AED).  Students are responsible to provide renewal cards/certificates documenting certification through the date of graduation. Proof of certification must include the dates of completion and expiration, and clearly idenify the student name.
  8. Forms can be found on the DMACC website:​​​​​​​


Registration Information

Students must upload their prerequisite forms following the instructions online ( Once all forms are received and approved, students will be receive more information about online registration. Registration will close 3 days prior to the start of the course to accommodate the background check.

Semester 1

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 3

These credits are applicable to the Nursing - Practical, Diploma   and Nursing, AAS  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

History/Physical Exam  240
Tuberculosis Testing   40
Flu vaccine (October through April)   30
Textbook and Handbook 100
Uniform, shoes and equipment 115
Iowa Direct Care Worker registry exams 175
Class fee   15

Approximate total certificate costs: $1,197**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Provide personal daily cares for residents of varied long-term care facilities under the supervision of a nurse. Cares will include assistance with meals, personal hygiene, toileting, bed mobility, transfers and walking.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Apply ethical/legal principles to provide care
  • Practice and provide safe care to patients/residents
  • Perform special procedures for the patient/resident
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to perform required Nurse Aide skills (see attached performance standards)
  • Student must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Technology needs: A computer or tablet with webcam/video, microphone, and reliable internet connection is required

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • Plan ahead for alternate/backup means of transportation for class
  • Plan ahead for personal responsibilities (Example:child care)
  • Nurse Aides work a variety of shifts including weekends and holidays

Program Competencies

  1. Describe the responsibilities and role of the nurse aide.
  2. Identify the role of government agencies in resident care.
  3. Describe the characteristics of individuals who live in nursing care facilities.
  4. Explain the effects of aging on the body system.
  5. List responsibilities of various persons on interdisciplinary team.
  6. Describe the role and competencies of the nurse aide in the nursing care facility. 
  7. Describe the nurse aide’s legal and ethical responsibilities.
  8. Outline nurse aide’s role in promoting protecting resident’s rights.
  9. Discuss strategies for communication that will build professional relationships with persons served. 
  10.  Evaluate nurse aide skills and ability in working within a team concept.
  11.  Demonstrate understanding of terms related to infection control. 
  12.  Outline person-centered approaches when supporting physical hygiene needs.
  13.  Demonstrate the performance of personal skills with a resident.
  14.  Discuss special considerations associated with caring for an individual with dementia or other cognitive impairment.
  15.  Describe special considerations for providing nutritional support.
  16.  Outline the elements to accurately gather, report, and document vital sign information or observations.
  17.  Identify observations to report to supervisor.
  18.  Describe how the nurse aide can use the interdisciplinary/ interprofessional care plan in providing resident care.
  19.  Discuss the normal anatomy and physiology and variants.
  20.  Describe roles in caring for resident/family in death and dying.
  21.  Demonstrate competency of nurse aide skills.
  22.  Outline competencies needed for nurse aide for state certification and employment.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at (2021)