Course - Medical Assistant

Students in a nursing assistant certificate or diploma program gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform as certified nursing assistants and acquire hands-on experience helping patients with daily living activities.

Nursing assistants, who are supervised by registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, care for patients in private residences, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. They may also be responsible for changing linens, taking blood pressure and handling medical equipment.

Receiving a certificate or diploma from a nursing assistant program allows for several employment opportunities in the medical field and can serve as a starting point for those interested in medicine. The curriculum combines laboratory, clinical and classroom work; students must purchase laboratory supplies and uniforms and provide their own transportation to see patients. Prospective certified nursing assistants (CNAs) learn how to work under pressure, be patient, establish good communication skills and practice safe patient care.

Admission into these programs requires a high school diploma or GED, a criminal background check, recent immunizations and TB test results. 

Nursing Assistant Certificate and Diploma Programs
Prospective certified nursing assistants learn the basic skills needed to care for patients. The following courses may be included in the nursing assistant program:

  • Psychology
  • Nursing care skills
  • CPR and first aid
  • Patient safety
  • Human anatomy

Important Note: It has been noticed that the educational requirement varies from one institute to another. In case of many institutes offering Medical Assistant course, the minimum educational requirement is- 10+2 passed with Science. So, before taking admission, enquire at the institute and make sure whether you are eligible for admission or not!