Nursing Assistant

Professional Medical Careers Institute offers training for Nurse Assistants. The 8 week course provides all necessary training for state certification.

A certified nursing assistant helps patients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. Also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA) a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or a State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA), the individual who carries this title needs a strong work ethic.

Role of the CNA

Nursing assistants can work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities. They act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. The nursing assistant fulfills basic quality-of-life needs for patients. They are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they then transmit to their supervisors. A desire to help people and compassion for patients is essential.

Because so many nurse’s aides move up into more involved medical careers, there is a high rate of turnover for CNA positions. This means it is fairly easy to find a job as a CAN. The demand for CNAs is high, especially among those institutions that provide continuing care and assisted living for the elderly.

  • Fulfill a pre-requisite for most RN and LVN programs with a CNA certificate
  • Job placement assistance
  • Top-Notch Clinical Training locations
  • High Pass rates on State Exams
  • Individualized instruction with a low student/teacher ratio
  • State testing offered at PMCI – FREE CNA Boot Camp to all graduates
  • $1000 scholarship to any PMCI Vocational Nursing Program

Course Description

This course of study provides instruction on utilizing a humanistic approach to provide basic care to people in a variety of health care settings. Students will understand how health care systems operate and will learn the skills necessary to function safely and efficiently in a health care setting. Students will learn the information and practical skills necessary for taking and passing the certification exam required by the state of California.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities required of a nursing assistant working in a health care setting.
  • Perform basic and personal care skills according to the individual needs of the patients, residents, and clients in the health care setting.
  • Develop a basic understanding of body structure and function so that abnormal changes can be easily observed and reported.
  • Discuss how knowledge of the stages of growth and development helps plan holistic care and recognize each person’s individual needs.



(CNA Enrollment Agreement)              (2018 - 2019 Catalog)


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