The Nursing Services program prepares students with the necessary clinical and administrative knowledge to become entry-level nursing assistants. Students will receive hands-on training and learn how to properly administer basic nursing care, understand bodily system and vital signs, practice client-centered care and critical thinking, work on patient advocacy, teamwork and professionalism, practice patient hygiene care, collect basic specimens and maintain patient records and proper ethics.
Apart from theoretical knowledge, students will get to be a part of realistic patient experiences through simulation. During the program, accommodations and modifications are provided to high school students based on the IEP/504.
After completion of the one-year program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the Headmaster LLP Examination and OSHA 10. Moreover, West-MEC offers industry credential tests at no additional cost. Through the Nursing Services program and certification, students are provided a pathway to economic independence.
Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse*, Registered Nurse*, Advanced Practice RN*, Caregiver, Medical Assistant*, Health Services Administrator*, Home Health Aide, Physician Assistant*, Physician*
Certified Nursing Assistant entry-level salary: $12.00 – $14.12 per hour**
*with additional education in this pathway | **Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages