The AAA Institute Nurse Assistant Training Program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be Certified Nurse Assistants teaching them skills in effective communication, safety and nursing skills as they prepare to take the Certified Nurse Assistant Certification Exam. Students gain the knowledge and skills they need to confidently pursue their career goals for gainful employment as Certified Nurse Assistant.


This 160 clock hour program consists of 60 hours of lecture, skills competencies in the laboratory and 100 hours of clinical training in skilled nursing facilities. It is divided into 17 modules consisting of classroom theory and clinical skills.
Course Outline:  Number of Weeks: 9

Weeks: 1

Module 1 – Introduction:

Introduce the student to California Code of Regulations, Division 5, Title 22, which regulates health care facilities, and to introduce the roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Assistant, including requirements for Nurse Assistant certification, professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality.

Module II – Patients’ Rights

Introduce the Nurse Assistant to patient/resident rights. The fundamental principle behind patient/resident rights is that each patient/resident is a member of a family and of society as a whole. They must be cared for in a manner that protects their rights and meets the individual family, psychosocial and spiritual needs in a long-term care setting. These rights are protected by federal and state regulations.


Module III Interpersonal Skills

Introduce concepts and skills required for the Nurse Assistant to communicate effectively and interact appropriately with patients/residents, patient’s/residents’ families and guests, and other members of the health care team.

Module IV Prevention & management of catastrophe & Unusual Occurrences

Introduce the student to the concepts and procedures related to the patient’s/resident’s safety including environmental emergency issues The Nurse Assistant ‘s role in creating a safe environment for the patient/resident is discussed.


Module V Body mechanics

Provide students with an understanding of efficient and proper use of the body in performing tasks related to the role of the CNA. Students will understand the principles of positioning and transporting patients/residents and will implement these principles when providing patient/resident care.

Module VI Medical and Surgical Asepsis; Infection Control

Present information about asepsis and the control of infection. Procedures and precautions to protect patient/patients/residents, health care workers and others from infection are presented, including standard precautions, transmission based precautions and biohazards waste management.


Module VII Weights and measures

Introduce a measuring system for weight, length, and volume used by nursing assistant in the clinical setting

Module VIII  Patient care Skills

Teach the students skills needed to support and/or assist the patient/resident in the areas of personal hygiene, an area of activities of daily living, and elimination. Personal hygiene or personal care is generally performed independently. The Nurse Assistant should assist with or perform personal care only when patients/residents are unable to perform a skill for themselves. Other activities included in this module are use of prosthetic devices, bowel and bladder retraining, and weighing and measuring height of the patient/resident.


Module IX Patient Care Procedures

Provide learning experiences that will prepare the Nurse Assistant to safely carry out procedures that support the patient/resident in meeting physical care needs that cannot be performed independently.

Module X Vital Signs

Prepare students to know how, when and why vital signs are taken and how to report and chart these procedures. Students will learn the correct procedure for measuring temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure. They will learn to recognize and report normal and abnormal findings.


Module XI Nutrition

Examine the body’s need for food and the effect of food on the body. This module includes the basic food groups, nutrients, and common therapeutic diets, as well as ways to assist a patient/resident to meet nutrition and hydration needs.

Module XII Emergency Procedures

Introduce the student to the concepts and procedures related to emergency procedures, signs and symptoms of distress, and the role of the Nurse Assistant in Long Term Care (LTC) in the response to immediate and temporary intervention in emergency situations.


Module XIII Long- Term care patient

Introduce the student to the basic structure of the body and to review the effect of aging on body structure and function. Common physical and psychological conditions found in elderly patients are presented along with approaches to care. Community resources commonly available to assist elderly patients with their psychological, recreational, and social needs are presented.

Module XIV Rehabilitative Nursing

Introduce the Nurse Assistant to restorative care. Each individual is entitled to reach his/her optimal level of functioning. The Nurse Assistant assists the patient/resident in achieving maximum independent living skills through use of rehabilitative or restorative procedures.


Module XV Observation and Charting

Prepare students to know how, when, and why to use objective and subjective observation skills. They will report and record observations on appropriate documents using medical terms and abbreviations.

Module XVI Death and Dying

Introduce the various stages of the grieving process and physical signs of approaching death. This unit introduces death as a normal stage of life. The health care provider must recognize the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient/resident during this period to understand coping mechanisms and provide support to the patient/resident and family members.


Module XVII Abuse

Introduce the Nurse Assistant to patient/resident abuse. The module will focus on the nurse assistant role in preventing, recognizing, and reporting instances of patient/resident abuse