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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nurse Aide

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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 and Urban

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 Form-do not sign, DMACC will witness
  4. Immunization Form as required by clinical site: https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/health/cna/Pages/nurseaide.aspx.
  5. Flu Vaccine form (October through April)
  6. Forms can be found on the website:

Registration requests will be made in person, by the student, at the campus the class will be held. Forms will not be accepted more than 29 days prior to the start date of the preferred class. Students who complete all forms, are cleared to register, but do not get into the desired sections, will need to resubmit all prerequisite forms to be eligible for the next class.

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……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Tuberculosis Testing   40
Flu vaccine (October through April)   30
Textbook and Handbook 100
Uniform, shoes and equipment 115
Iowa Direct Care Worker registry exam 135
Class fee   15

Approximate total certificate costs: $888**

**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

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

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

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

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, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. 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, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574, dkmckittrick@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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