Nursing Assistant - Certified

NAC Bridge Programs

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.”

—Orison Swett Marden

Home Care Aides-Certified (HCA-C) to Nursing Assistant-Certified (NAC) Bridge   

Training Program Description: 
The “Bridge” Nursing Assistant training program is a way for Home Care Aides-Certified (HCA-C) to become Nursing Assistant-Certified (NAC). The Bridge is a small specialized course that caps out at 10 students.

This 24 hour course : 8 hours of classroom, 8 hours of skills lab, and 8 hours of clinical.The focus of the Bridge is to provide the skills and knowledge needed to become a NAC that is not included in HCA-C training. Classes are held at Columbia Safety Training Center.

Certificate Achieved:
After passing the Bridge program, students receive a certificate of completion. Students are then eligible to take the state competency test to become Nursing Assistant Certified.

Prerequisite:
Active Home Care Aid Certification (HCA-C)
7-Hours HIV/Aids Certification
Current AHA BLS CPR Certification

Jobs & Careers: 
Program graduates work as NAC in extended care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies. Others work in residential care facilities, halfway houses, homes for the elderly or disabled, or in private households.

Employment Outlook: 
Employment of NAC is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations in response to an emphasis on rehabilitation and the long-term care needs of a rapidly aging population. The Bridge alternative program will provide continued opportunity for recruitment and career advancement in nursing.

“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through, is to be a nurse.”

—Rawsi Williams

Medical Assistant Certification (MA-C) to Nursing Assistant-Certified (NAC) Bridge

Training Program Description: 
The “Bridge” Nursing Assistant training program is a way for Medical Assistant Certification (MA-C) to become Nursing Assistant-Certified (NAC). The Bridge is a small specialized course that caps out at 10 students.

This 24 hour course : 8 hours of classroom, 8 hours of skills lab, and 8 hours of clinical.The focus of the Bridge is to provide the skills and knowledge needed to become a NAC that is not included in MA-C training. Classes are held at Columbia Safety Training Center.

Certificate Achieved:
After passing the Bridge program, students receive a certificate of completion. Students are then eligible to take the state competency test to become Nursing Assistant Certified.

Prerequisite:
Active Medical Assistant Certification (MA-C)
7-Hour HIV/Aids Certification
Current AHA BLS CPR Certification

Jobs & Careers: 
Program graduates work as NAC in extended care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies. Others work in residential care facilities, halfway houses, homes for the elderly or disabled, or in private households.

Employment Outlook: 
Employment of NAC is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations in response to an emphasis on rehabilitation and the long-term care needs of a rapidly aging population. The Bridge alternative program will provide continued opportunity for recruitment and career advancement in nursing.

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