Introduction to Nursing/Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
The Nursing Assistant (NA)/Home Health Aide (HHA) program is approved by the Department of Health in Minnesota. It prepares students for jobs in a variety of health care settings such as nursing homes, semi-independent living facilities, hospitals, group homes and home care agencies. Responsibilities include such skills as personal care, positioning, transferring, vital signs and documentation.
The 4-credit course consists of lecture, lab, text work, group activities and hands-on clinical experience in a long-term setting. This course is a requirement for the Practical Nursing program. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to take the Minnesota State Competency Examination. This test is offered at the end of the class. Successful completion of this test allows students to be certified and placed on the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Registry for the State of Minnesota.
The Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program will be offered twice during the fall semester, three times during the spring semester, and once during the summer semester.
The Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Practical Nursing program is a member of the Itasca Nursing Education Consortium (INEC). This enables the nursing student to continue their nursing education within this consortium without concern for transferability of nursing courses.
Upon completion of this nursing program, students may advance to the next level of their nursing education or complete the Minnesota State Board of Nursing licensure examination and apply for employment as a licensed practical nurse.
Before admission to the Practical Nursing program, students need to have successfully completed, with a letter grade of "C" or better, Computer Essentials (CSCI 1400) and General Psychology (PSYC 2551). Prior to the second semester of the Practical Nursing program, students must also have successfully completed the 4 credit Introduction to Nursing course (NURS 1215) with a letter grade of "C" or better, and a CPR course (BLS for Healthcare Providers). Two liberal arts courses, Lifespan Development (PSYC 2567) and College Writing (ENGL 1511) are included as part of the program.
All prerequisite and Semester I courses must be successfully completed with a letter grade of "C" or better before proceeding to Semester II courses. Students must obtain an 80 percent (“C”) success rate in each instructional course in order to continue in the program. Semester II courses must be completed with an 80 percent (“C”) success rate in order to continue to Semester III.
During the clinical portion of the program, occurring during Semester II and III, students spend two days of each week at the Virginia Regional Medical Center, the Virginia Convalescent Care Unit, and other facilities. Background checks are required by Minnesota State Law.
Course equivalency determination is subject to review and approval by the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College admissions personnel and the Practical Nursing Program Director.
According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, health-related careers are expanding. There continues to be a significant demand for LPNs throughout the state and nation, as well as the local area.
Practical nurses may find employment in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home care, public health agencies, the armed services, and other areas.
The INEC program provides an opportunity for graduates to continue in advanced educational programs to obtain an Associate in Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, or a Master in Nursing Degree.
This nursing program is in the process of seeking initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and will be applying for candidacy status in Spring 2014. For more information about ACEN and its accreditation process/criteria, visit: www.acenursing.org or contact them at: 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326. (404)975-5000.