Nursing Assistant Specialist

Hours: 420 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $2,595.00

Course Overview:

If you've ever thought about becoming a nursing assistant, this in-depth curriculum could help you learn important fundamental, practical skills involved in a career as a nursing assistant. Unlike other online nursing classes, our program lets you study at home at a time and place that is most comfortable to you.

Nursing assistants, also known as nurse’s aides, orderlies or patient care technicians work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks.

Working closely with patients, nursing assistants are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. Nursing assistants give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the core elements of the nursing profession
  • Define the systems of the body and their major diseases
  • Identify strategies for communicating with and understanding patients
  • Identify strategies to prevent infection control
  • Identify the steps to take vitals and provide patient care

Quickly master the basics of medical terminology and begin speaking and writing terms almost immediately! This course omits time-consuming, nonessential information and helps you build a working medical vocabulary of the most frequently encountered suffixes, prefixes, and word roots.

Medical terms are introduced in the context of human anatomy and physiology to help you understand exactly what they mean, and case studies, vignettes, and activities demonstrate how medical terms are used in practice. With all this plus medical animations, word games, and flash cards on the companion website, you'll be amazed at how easily medical terminology becomes part of your vocabulary.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and apply basic word structure
  • Identify body systems, body cavities, and planes of the body
  • Define common prefixes
  • Identify diagnostic and procedural suffixes
  • Comprehend medical specialists and case reports

Course Outline:

Nursing Assistant Module 1
Introduction to the Nursing Assistant
  • Health Care Agencies
  • The Nursing Team
  • Nursing Care Patterns
  • Paying for Healthcare
  • Patients’ Rights
  • Role of the Nursing Assistant
  • Ethics and Laws
  • Work Ethics
  • Communication
  • Health Care Team
Nursing Assistant Module 2
The Nursing Process, Body Structure & Safety
  • Assisting with the Nursing Process
  • Assessment
  • Nursing Diagnosis
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Understanding the Patient
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Growth and Development
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Safety
  • Preventing Falls
Nursing Assistant Module 3
Restraint Alternatives, Infection Control & Body Mechanics
  • Restraint Alternatives
  • Safe Restraint Use
  • Preventing Infection
  • Standard Precautions
  • Body Mechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Positioning
  • Safe Moving and Transfer
  • The Person’s Unit
  • Bedmaking
Nursing Assistant Module 4
Personal Care, Elimination & Nutrition
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Daily Care
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Urinary Elimination
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Bowel Elimination
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Fluid Balance
  • Special Diets
  • Nutritional Support and IV Therapy
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Parenteral Nutrition
Nursing Assistant Module 5
Vital Signs, Physical Examination & Collecting Specimens
  • Measuring Vital Signs
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Comfort
  • Rest
  • Sleep
  • Admissions
  • Transfers
  • Discharges
  • Assisting with the Physical Examination
  • Collecting Specimens
  • Testing Specimens
  • The Person Having Surgery
Nursing Assistant Module 6
Wound Care, Pressure Ulcers & Rehabilitation
  • Wound Care
  • Skin Tears
  • Dressings
  • Wound Healing
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Heat and Cold Applications
  • Oxygen Needs
  • Respiratory Support
  • Respiratory Therapies
  • Rehabilitation
  • Restorative Nursing Care
Nursing Assistant Module 7
The Immune System & Disorders of the Body
  • Hearing and Speech Problems
  • Vision Problems
  • Cancer
  • The Immune System
  • Skin Disorders
  • Nervous Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Urinary and Reproductive Disorders
  • Mental Health Problems
Nursing Assistant Module 8
Dementia, Developmental Disabilities & End of Life Care
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Sexuality
  • Caring for Mothers and Newborns
  • Assisted Living
  • Resident Rights
  • Service Plan
  • Basic Emergency Care
  • End of Life Care
Medical Terminology Module 1
Basic Word Structure
  • Word Analysis
  • Combining Forms
  • Suffixes & Prefixes
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications 
Medical Terminology Module 2
Organization of the Body
  • Body Systems
  • Body Cavities
  • Divisions of the Back
  • Planes of the Body
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications 
Medical Terminology Module 3
  • Introduction to Suffixes
  • Suffixes and Terminology
  • Diagnostic & Procedural Suffixes
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications 
Medical Terminology Module 4
  • Combining Forms & Prefixes
  • Prefixes and Terminology
  • Define Common Prefixes
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications 
Medical Terminology Module 5
Medical Specialists & Case Reports
  • Medical Specialists
  • Combining Forms & Vocabulary
  • Case Reports & Terminology
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications 
Medical Terminology Module 6
Body Systems – Part 1
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Endocrine System
  • Reproductive System
  • Lymphatic System
Medical Terminology Module 7
Body Systems – Part 2
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Skin & Sense Organs
  • Urinary System 

All necessary materials are included.


Upon successful completion of our Nursing Assistant course, students may be prepared to sit for state certification.  Each state has its own regulations. Visit to view a state association list.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **