Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Advanced Nurse Aide, Certificate

The Advanced Nurse Aide Certificate provides an opportunity to gain the additional competencies and clinical experiences needed to seek employment in a hospital. The program is designed for CNA’s who have completed the Nurse Aide 75 hour state approved course. Upon successful completion, job opportunities include, but are not limited to, EKG tech, Emergency Tech, Scope Tech, Surgery Tech, and OB Tech. The agency or hospital will provide additional training in these specialized areas.

Program Details

Location: 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:

Registration Information

Students must complete authorization for Criminal/Abuse Background check forms and have successful clearance by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for entry into the practicum portion of the course. Any student who does not have clearance granted by DHS at the time the practicum begins, will follow the college incomplete policy. A student who is denied clearance by DHS will not be eligible to continue the course and would thereby be administratively dropped following discussion with the student. Students will be expected to complete required forms as outlined on the DMACC website: Advanced Nurse Aide (dmacc.edu) ​​​​​​​

Semester 1

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 3

These credits are applicable to the Nursing - Practical, Diploma   and Associate Degree Nursing Programs  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$178.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1
History/Physical Exam 240
Flu vaccine (October through April)  30
BCLS Certification  60
Textbook and Handbook 100
Uniform, shoes and equipment 115
Class fee  15

Total approximate cost certification: $1,094**

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Provide personal daily cares and assist the nurse with skills for the patients/clients of varied acute care units such as Medical/Surgical, ER, OB, Pediatrics and Cardiac Care.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Provide safe care in acute care setting
  • Care for patients on special units
  • Provide/assist the nurse with special procedures
  • Good communication skills
  • Be able to perform required Advanced Nurse Aide skills (see attached performance standards)
  • Student must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Technoloy needs: A computer or tablet with webcam/video, microphone, and reliable internet connection is required

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • 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. Determine the role by comparing/contrasting nurse aide role in the hospital (acute) with the long-term care facility
  2. Explain the components of advanced nurse aide education
  3. Describe the legal responsibilities of the advanced nurse aide in acute care
  4. Demonstrate appropriate infection control requirements
  5. Report physical, psychological changes of the acute care patient
  6. Assess basic knowledge with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  7. Provide proper assistance with designated special procedures
  8. Identify observations and need to document/report
  9. Discuss the Advanced Nurse Aide role/responsibility in the care of specialized equipment
  10. Describe the importance of the acute care plan, and advanced nurse aide contributions
  11. Describe the Advanced Nurse Aides’ role in emergency situations
  12. Perform skills competently on any acute care patient with supervision/guidance


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, dso@dmacc.edu. 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, Title9@dmacc.edu. 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 OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

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 https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx.(2021)