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Nursing Assistant Program

The GCC nursing assistant (NA) course (NUR 158) prepares students to care for individuals across the wellness/illness continuum within the nurse assisting scope of practice. Students learn basic problem-solving skills needed to meet holistic needs of patients, therapeutic communication skills, interventions to ensure promote patient health and safety, conditions and alterations in patient behaviors, and principles of nutrition and fluid balance. Our focus is on special needs of the patient in acute and long-term care settings and acquisition of basic nursing assistant competencies. The course provides the opportunity for the development and mastery of selected nurse assisting skills through participation in laboratory practice and patient care clinical experiences.

Upon satisfactory completion of NUR158, the student is eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion (CCL) from GCC and students are also eligible to take the Nursing Assistant skills and written examination and to apply for licensure or certification by the Arizona State Board of Nursing if all application requirements are met.

Students who pass NUR158 and the state skills and written exams are eligible to apply for either of the levels of nursing assistant recognized by the Board of Nursing in Arizona: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA): 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): A person who passes an approved NA course and the state skills and written exam and provides proof of legal residence will be listed on the CNA registry. No application to the AZBN is necessary, and the person can use the initials “CNA”.

Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA): A person who meets NA educational and exam requirements and additionally submits an application, fingerprints, and fees to the Board of Nursing. If the applicant meets Board requirements, the Board will license the applicant as an LNA and the applicant can use the initials “LNA”. 

Per AZBN requirements, all students completing a nursing assistant program are required to submit proof of legal presence in the United States. Questions about eligibility for licensure and the documents required to apply for licensure should be directed to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. 

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The Nursing Assistant Program (NUR158) Information Packet (.pdf) includes application and admissions requirements, health documentation and essential skills and functions. 

To enroll in the Nursing Assistant (NA) Program you must first complete the following advisement steps:

1. Become a GCC student.
2. Attend a mandatory Nurse Assisting Information session (see schedule below).
3. Schedule an appointment with the NA Intake Coordinator. Appointment times are only available for those who have attended a Mandatory Pre-NA Information Session. Call the phone number you were given at the session.

*STUDENTS CANNOT SELF-ENROLL IN NUR158. The Nursing department will enroll students after they have attended a mandatory information session and all health and safety requirements are complete.

Admission Requirements

Students will not be permitted to enroll in NUR158 until the following requirements have been met:

1. College placement exam indicating eligibility for or exempt from CRE101; completion of RDG091 or higher with a “C” or better; or HESI A2 English Composite score of 75% or higher.

2. College placement exam indicating eligibility for or exempt from MAT082; completion of MAT082 or higher with a “C” or better; or HESI A2 Math score of 75% or higher.

3.  Level One DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card

4. Supplemental criminal background check and signed MCCCD Criminal Background Check Disclosure Acknowledgement form.

5. Healthcare provider BLS (CPR) card.

6. Documentation of all health and safety requirements as per course admission requirements (proof of immunity, immunizations, or current testing for identified diseases) and Completed Healthcare Provider Signature form. 

Note: It can take 8 weeks or more for DPS to process your application & issue a fingerprint clearance card.

7.  Get more information about immunizations, supplemental background check, CPR, and other health and safety requirements

Program Costs

Program costs include tuition, course fees, textbook, uniform and supplies, and health and safety requirements, including Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card, supplemental background check, and registration for compliance management sites per agency. For detailed information, download our program costs.

Mandatory Nursing Information Sessions

GCC Main Sessions

Date

Day

Time*

Room

1/3

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

1/24

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

2/7

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

2/28

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

3/21

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

3/28

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

4/4

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

4/18

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

5/2

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

5/16

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

6/6

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

6/20

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

7/11

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

7/18

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

8/8

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

LS103

GCC North Sessions 

Date

Day

Time *

Room

1/23

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

2/27

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

3/20

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

4/17

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

5/15

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

6/19

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

7/17

Monday

3:00 p.m.

D-125

*Excluding holidays and spring break; students who arrive more than 10 minutes after session has started will not be allowed to attend.

 

 

Contact:

Adjunct Faculty

Room: LS-222
Phone: (623) 845-3731
cynthia.pinson@gccaz.edu
Building: Life Sciences (LS)
Phone: 623-845-3210