Nursing Assistant Program


Applicants may be admitted if they satisfy the following:

  • They are a high school graduate or have a certification of a high school equivalency (GED).
  • They are at least 17 years of age (applicants under the age of 18 require the written permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to enroll).
  • They are not listed as unemployable on the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) and cannot have been convicted of a criminal offense as listed in Texas Health and Safety Code 250.006.

The Nursing Assistant course includes instruction in basic nursing skills, basic restorative services, mental health, social service needs, personal care skills, and resident’s rights. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to care for convalescing residents in long term care facilities. Graduates of this program will be able to perform basic first aid, CPR, take vital signs, apply the element of basic nutrition in meal planning, and follow infection control measures. Following successful completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the nursing assistant course.

A permanent record of course completion will be maintained at SFAHP. The nursing assistant training is an excellent starting place in health care for those students intending to go further with their education.


Work settings include but are not limited to:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Doctor Offices
  • Day Care Centers and Schools
  • Medical Clinics
  • Urgent Care Centers

This course offers hands-on training in the classroom and lab. The classroom is setup for the combination of lecture and lab. Students will learn objectives by listening to lecture, attending audio-visual presentations, observing demonstrations, reading course materials and studying for written tests. In addition, students will participate in clinical practice in a lab setting.

Students will attend class Monday through Thursday. Classes will each last five hours in duration scheduled from 11.00 am through 4:00 pm.(Classroom hours are subject to change) There will be a ten-minute break every hour beginning at ten-minutes until the hour.


NA101 –Introduction to Long Term Care
Clock Hours: 8 lecture/ 8 lab Semester Credit Hours: 0.5
To prepare Nurse Aids with the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the provision of basic care to residents in long-term care facilities.
Prerequisites: NONE

NA102 – Personal Care Skills
Clock Hours: 6 lecture/ 4 lab Semester Credit Hours: 0.0
Students will learn personal hygiene, providing for body alignment and mobility needs. They will learn the importance of proper patient positioning, wheelchair transfer to and from bed, assisting patient in walking using cane or walker. In addition, students will also learn proper care of catheters, enemas, and toilet care.
Prerequisites: NA101

NA103 –Basic Nursing Skills
Clock Hours: 5 lecture/ 4 lab Semester Credit Hours: 0.0
Students will have a working practical knowledge of how to properly bathe patients, make patient’s bed, dress and undress patients, mouth care, grooming, and perineal care.
Prerequisites: NA102

NA104 –Restorative Services
Clock Hours: 4 lecture/ 3 lab Semester Credit Hours: 0.0
Students will learn about services given to maintain or give new strength or vigor. They will learn to give care that will attain and maintain the highest possible level of independence and functional ability.
Prerequiste: NA103

NA105 –Mental health & Social Service Needs
Clock Hours: 5 lecture/ 4 lab Semester Credit Hours: 0.0
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the 5 basic human needs as well as demonstrate skill in assisting residents with psychosocial needs.
Prerequisites: NA104

NA106 – Social Skills
Clock Hours: 5 lecture/ 4 lab Semester Credit Hours: 0.5
Upon completion of this course, students will understand how to identify avoid and resolve conflicts with coworkers, supervisors and residents.
Prerequisites: NA 101,102,103,104,105

NA199 – Externship
Clock Hours: 0 lecture/ 0 lab externship hours: 0.5
Students will develop an understanding and a hands on approach of how to meet physical, social and emotional needs of the patients through communication and care that maintains dignity, privacy and independence.
Prerequisites: NA 101,102,103,104,105,106