Students learn basic nursing skills such as bed making, bathing and providing personal care to patients, moving and transporting patients, patient safety and infection control.  Students practice these skills in the nursing laboratory.

    Students advance their skills as they are instructed in measuring and recording temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.  They also practice special procedures and treatments which are pertinent to a nursing assistants responsibilities. Medical terminology is introduced. Students participate in a 60-hour assisted living rotation and also clinical experience at a long term care facility. At the conclusion of this affiliation, they are eligible to take the PA State Nurse Aide Certification Examination.

    Students continue in nursing assistant skills and serve a ten week clinical affiliation at a local hospital. During this experience they are afforded the opportunity to observe the operation of various departments in the hospital.