Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant

Technical Diploma

Many are attracted to a career in nursing because they have a desire to directly help patients, providing the most basic care and comfort. In reality, however, the patient’s main caregiver is typically a nursing assistant rather than a nurse.

A Closer Look

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work under the supervision of a nurse and assist with the most basic personal needs of patients, helping them maintain dignity and endure a difficult time in their lives. This includes feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, and moving patients. CNAs also examine patients for bruises and other wounds, take vital signs, and answer patient calls.

Nursing assistants serve as important conduits between patients and nurses and doctors. They record and communicate all issues to medical staff, making great communication skills essential to their work.

What You'll Learn

The Nursing Assistant program at Mid-State provides hands-on learning that prepares students to assist in the care of patients in hospitals, extended care facilities, and home care situations.

This 120-hour program includes online learning, campus lab experiences, and a 40-hour clinical practicum working with patients and residents. Skills labs ensure students have opportunities to practice skills under the supervision of experienced professionals. Personal care and emotional support of patients are always primary considerations. Upon completion of the course, students may choose to take the state certification exam.


  • Caregiver
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Hospice Aide
  • Personal Care Worker (PCW)

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Nursing Assistant program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet one of our instructors!


Grace is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and registered nurse with 33 years of long-term care nursing experience. She has worked as a nurse manager, minimum data set (MDS) coordinator, assistant director of nursing, and director of nursing.

“Teaching others to learn, grow, and succeed is a great gift, not only to the students but also to the lives they will touch on their journey.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.