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:
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: Nurse Aide 75 Hour (Basic) (dmacc.edu)
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$178.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
|Flu vaccine (October through April)
|Textbook and Handbook
|Uniform, shoes and equipment
|Iowa Direct Care Worker registry exams
Approximate total certificate costs: $1,249**
**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
- COMPLETE THE BLACKBOARD FOR STUDENTS TUTORIAL
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
- Describe the responsibilities and role of the nurse aide
- Identify the role of government agencies in resident care
- Describe the characteristics of individuals who live in nursing care facilities
- Explain the effects of aging on the body system
- List responsibilities of various persons on interdisciplinary team
- Describe the role and competencies of the nurse aide in the nursing care facility
- Describe the nurse aide’s legal and ethical responsibilities
- Outline nurse aide’s role in promoting protecting resident’s rights
- Discuss strategies for communication that will build professional relationships with persons served
- Evaluate nurse aide skills and ability in working within a team concept
- Demonstrate understanding of terms related to infection control
- Outline person-centered approaches when supporting physical hygiene needs
- Demonstrate the performance of personal skills with a resident
- Discuss special considerations associated with caring for an individual with dementia or other cognitive impairment
- Describe special considerations for providing nutritional support
- Outline the elements to accurately gather, report, and document vital sign information or observations
- Identify observations to report to supervisor
- Describe how the nurse aide can use the interdisciplinary/ interprofessional care plan in providing resident care
- Discuss the normal anatomy and physiology and variants
- Describe roles in caring for resident/family in death and dying
- Demonstrate competency of nurse aide skills
- Outline competencies needed for nurse aide for state certification and employment
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Hospitality and Culinary
Transportation & Logistics
Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx.(2021)