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Nurse Aide/Assistant - Career Facts

If you are interested in working as a long-term nurse aide or assistant, LCC has these options:

Long-Term Care Nurse Aide - CHSE 108

Program Length

This is a variable format, state-certified course consisting of 94 hours of course work, usually over a three-week period.

The course includes lecture, laboratory and clinical experience. Those who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the state examination and become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

Nature of Work

The Long-term Care Nurse Aide works with patients in a long-term care nursing facility, providing basic nursing and personal care, while promoting patient independence.

Important Information

A condition that must be met for participation in the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program in the form of a clear "Background Check" is explained below.

The State of Michigan (Enrolled House Bill No. 4057, May 10, 2002) mandates a "Background Check"  for every student in a Long-Term Care Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program or one which contains this content along with a clinical component.

This Bill states in Section 20173 (1) that a health facility or agency that is a nursing home, county medical facility, or home for the aged shall not employ, independently contract with, or grant clinical privileges to an individual who regularly provides direct services to patients or residents in the health facility or agency if the individual has been convicted of one or more of the following:

(a) A felony or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of application for employment or clinical privileges.

(b) A misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, or criminal sexual conduct or involving fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult as that term is defined in section 145m of the Michigan penal code, or a state or federal crime that is substantially similar to a misdemeanor described in this subdivision within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of application for employment or clinical privileges.

LTC to Acute Care Completion - CHSE 109

This course will prepare individuals for employment as a nurse aide/patient care technician (PCT) in hospital and rehabilitation settings who have previously completed a long-term care nurse aide training.  This course will build on long-term care knowledge and skills, adding acute care and rehabilitation knowledge and skills required to deliver quality and safe basic patient care.

This course is part of a 2-course sequence (CHSE 108 & 109).  Successful completion of this 2-course sequence provides eligibility to take the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Exam.

Nurse Aide: Acute and Long-Term - CHSE 110

This program combines the education and job skills of both the Acute Care and the Long-term care training programs into one eight credit course that meets during the day for six-weeks Those who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the state examination and become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Employment prospects for people with the education are enhanced because they are able to work in both acute care and long-term care facilities.

General Nurse Aide/Assistant Career Information

Employment prospects for Nurse Assistants/
Patient Care Technicians (PCT)

Job prospects for acute and long-term care nurse assistants will be very good because of the growing population of elderly people. These jobs offer entry into health care employment. The flexibility of night and weekend hours also provides high school and college students a chance to work during the school year.

Skills you need

Applicants should be tactful, patient, understanding, healthy, emotionally stable, dependable, and have a desire to help people. They should also be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills, and be willing to perform repetitive, routine tasks. Aides must be in good health. A physical examination, including a tuberculosis test, may be required.

Expected earnings

Median hourly wages of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants were $12.22 in May 2011. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.63 and $14.07 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.68, and the highest 10 percent earned more than  $16.91 an hour. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants in May 2011 were:

Employment services $12.10
General medical and surgical hospitals 13.12
Nursing care facilities 11.76
Community care facilities for the elderly 11.31
Home health care services 11.40


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