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What Nursing Assistants do?

Nursing Assistants help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled, or infirm individuals in hospitals and nursing care facilities. They provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Specific tasks vary, with aides handling many aspects of a patient’s care. They often help patients to eat, dress, and bathe. They also answer calls for help, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and tidy up rooms. Aides sometimes are responsible for taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure, Home health aides have duties that are similar, but they work in patients’ homes or residential care facilities.

Is there job available for Nursing Assistant?

Excellent job opportunities for nursing, and home health aides will arise from a combination of rapid employment growth and the need to replace the many workers who leave the occupation each year.

Overall employment of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides is projected to grow 28 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Home health aides are expected to gain jobs faster than other aides as a result of growing demand for home services from an aging population and efforts to contain costs by moving patients out of hospitals and nursing care facilities as quickly as possible. Consumer preference for care in the home and improvements in medical technologies for in-home treatment also will contribute to much-faster-than-average employment growth for home health aides.

Nursing aide employment will not grow as fast as home health aide employment, largely because nursing aides are concentrated in relatively slower-growing industries. Employment of nursing aides is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Nursing and Psychiatric Aides, on the Internet at
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Where can I work?

About 52 percent of nursing aides worked in nursing and residential care facilities and another 29 percent worked in hospitals. Home health aides were mainly employed by home health care services, nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance agencies. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

How long will it take me to complete this training?

This program can be completed in 2 months or 10 weeks and consist of:

 Lecture: 80
 Lab: 40
 Total Clock Hours: 120

Class Hours


M –W - F
8 am to 2pm

M –W - F
6:00pm to 11pm
MID DAY: M-F 1:30pm to 5:30pm

What skills will I learn?

Courses cover body mechanics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, infection control, communication skills, and resident rights. Personal care skills, such as how to help patients to bathe, eat, and groom themselves, also are taught.

How much this program cost?

For the Reduced Tuition of $249 plus the cost of training supply

Will I receive any special certificates or qualifications?
Azure College Diploma
You will receive your CPR Certification

Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program.  For information specific to Nursing Assistant, please call 305-751-0001

Information Sources
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
Florida Commission for independent Education
Florida Workforce system


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