UACCM Academics

Career-Specific Program Overview

Two students in scrubs and mask learning to use the patient lift to move a mannequin from bed to chair.

Nursing Assisting

The Nursing Assisting 1004 course combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. Students will be prepared to provide competent, skilled nursing care in a compassionate manner to residents of long-term care, hospice, and hospital facilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Nursing Assistants

Certificate Requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Nursing Assisting will be able to:

Effective Communication

  • Analyze/evaluate information.
  • Communicate ideas clearly and effectively in written format.

Information Literacy

  • Retrieve information through printed or electronic sources.
  • Analyze information through the use of appropriate technologies.

Ethics and Values

  • Demonstrate characteristics of a strong work ethic/accountability (soft skills, plagiarism).
  • Evaluate ethical dilemmas.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

  • Apply mathematical reasoning to quantitative information.

Technical Skills

  • Measuring and recording fluid intake
  • Measuring height and weight
  • Taking auxiliary temperature
  • Taking radial pulse
  • Use of wheelchair/geriatric chair
  • Personal care of residents
  • Feeding a resident
  • Incontinence care
  • Making an occupied bed
  • Execute competencies required for beginning practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant as listed by the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care

Program Requirements

  • Completion of all admission requirements to UACCM
  • Current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  • Verification of clean criminal background and child maltreatment checks
  • Verification of TB screening/clearance
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Students enrolled in the program must have malpractice insurance
  • Students cannot miss any time in the first 16 hours of the course and all absences/tardies must be made up.


  • NUR 1004 Nursing Assistant must be completed at UACCM to earn the Certificate of Proficiency.
  • Only two attempts are permitted for the successful completion of the Anatomy and Physiology courses. If a third attempt is needed, the student will need to meet with the Nursing Program Chair and/or Dean.
  • Students may not be admitted if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.