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Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides – Short Programs with Longevity

Healthcare has long been an industry with staying power. With the growing need for dedicated professionals, especially in Florida, now is the perfect time to join the healthcare industry and make a difference in the lives of many. Afraid time is what you’re lacking? Don’t worry – Daytona College has you covered. Our short programs are designed to give you the training and experience you need (and nothing you don’t) to complete your courses and get into the field. That’s why our Nursing Assistant program can be completed in as little as 6 weeks and our Home Health Aide program can be completed in as little as 3 weeks.

As a Nursing Assistant, and under the supervision of the RN/LPN, your role is crucial to the recovery of your patients. You’re there for the day-to-day activities overlooked by many. Not for the faint of heart, your job entails personal care tasks that require a heightened level of compassion, maturity, and patience. Among other things, it’s up to you to assist with feeding, toileting, and bathing, as well as to provide support to your patients and their families. You must also be prepared to deal with those who are abusive, upset, and frightened. This career path can be both physically and emotionally demanding, but it can also be exceptionally rewarding. It will be you who witnesses the little victories every day.

Within 60 days of graduation from this 120 contact hours program (4 weeks of classroom and lab instruction and 2 weeks of clinical practice), Nursing Assistant students must take the certification exam. Once passed, they will have earned the Certified Nursing Assistant credential and can work in a number of settings, including skilled, long-term, and assisted-living facilities, acute care, home health, and Hospice.

As a Home Health Aide, and under the supervision of a licensed Nurse, your role is to provide supportive services to patients. Working in a home setting, it’s up to you to make sure your patients are both physically and emotionally comfortable. You will help them work toward living independently in a safe environment, following their plan of care, and participating in bio-psycho-social support. Your training will include application of infection control, home health care services, assisting with rehabilitative activities, patient care procedures, and caring for geriatric patients. It will also cover legal and ethical responsibilities specific to Home Health Aides. Through your support, encouragement, and care, your patients will know you’re dedicated to their well-being and that you’re there for them when they need you.

Once students have completed all graduation requirements of this program (75 contact hours and 2.0 quarter credit hours of instruction and clinical practice), they will receive a certificate.

Find out how to get started on the path to becoming a Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide by visiting our website or calling (386) 267-0565.