Nursing Assistant

If you are patient, compassionate, and interested in a career in which you can help others every day, a career as a Nursing Assistant could be a great choice for you!

With High Desert Medical College’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for a rewarding healthcare career in as few as 6 weeks!

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At High Desert Medical College, our Nursing Assistant program is designed to prepare students to work in this important healthcare position. Nursing Assistants are employed by extended-care facilities, hospitals, home health care agencies, and by individuals who want extra help when they are in the healthcare facility or in their own home. Nursing Assistants work closely with patients, providing basic care and assisting clients in attaining and maintaining independence. This 6-week program provides students with intensive training emphasizing patient care, nutrition, safety, anatomy and physiology, asepsis, body mechanics, and rehabilitation and restoration care.

Students in the Nursing Assistant learn:

  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Measuring Vital Signs (temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate)
  • Intake & Output Measurement
  • Recordation of Care
  • Client Interaction to Ensure Emotional, Social, and Mental Healthcare Needs are Met
  • How to Assist Clients in Attaining and Maintaining Independence, Respect the Person’s Rights, Privacy, and Confidentiality, and Respond Properly to Emergencies
Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Nursing Assistant diploma.


  • Total Weeks in Program: 6 Weeks
  • Total Clock Hours: 164
  • Classroom Hours: 60
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 104
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/15
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion
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