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Nursing Assistant 



Nursing Assistant training is an intense, comprehensive and high quality program which prepares students for an entry-level career in healthcare. The results-oriented class sessions will cover key nursing skills to assist the trainee in understanding the professional requirements of a Nursing Assistant.

CNA's are not required to have a college degree, but they must complete CNA classes to become licensed to work. The skills and comprehension training learned at Vantage College helps graduates prepare to take the Texas State Competency Evaluation Examination, which will be administered by a state certified agency. Students must pass this competency exam to be listed in the state registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and be hired as a nursing assistant. This certification is included with tuition and will be taken during the course of the program.

Once a student completes training, our full time Career Services staff offers job placement assistance. Our staff also offers students guidance, support and employment assistance even after completion of the program. Vantage graduates will complete school knowing that they have the skills to obtain a job, perform well, and advance in the career that they have chosen to become a valued member of the workforce.

Vantage College also provides services such as flexible tutoring schedules, class-related field trips, guest speakers, and interview preparation. We also require externships to ensure our students receive hands-on, real world experience to assist them in finding gainful employment. 



A CNA's main role is to provide patients with basic care and assist them in daily activities. A CNA also serves as a liason between patients and their nurses. Nursing assistants should have good communication skills, and they record patient issues and concerns and report them to their supervisor. After the completion of the Nursing Assistant program, students may work in long-term care jobs in different work settings such Nursing Aides, Nursing Assistant/Attendant, or Home Healthcare Aid. The main job functions of a CNA may include: 
  • Providing basic care to patients
  • Taking vital signs
  • Examining patients
  • Collecting information about patient conditions
  • Answering patient calls for help
  • Bathing and dressing patients
  • Serving meals to patients
  • Changing bedsheets and restocking room
  • Providing and empting bedpans
  • Setting up medical equipment 

A CNA's job is crucial to a healthcare team, as they provide comfort and support to their patients. Because of the personal nature of this job, nursing assistants should be compassionate and enjoy helping others. 



Duration: This program takes approximately 4 weeks (100 clock hours) to complete. Classes start every 2-3 weeks.

Core Topics: 

  • Introduction to Long Term Care (LTC)
  • Personal Care Procedures
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Restorative Services
  • Social Service needs and Mental Health

Students Learn To:

  • Administer oral and topical medications
  • Administer oxygen
  • Provide special care for the elderly
  • Provide emergency care
  • Test blood glucose levels
  • Remove catheters
  • Promote exercise and activity
  • Keep a hospital room in order


  • CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to all who qualify. You will never have to worry about making a payment while you are in school.



According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations are expected to grow 19% until 2024, adding 2.3 million new jobs. This growth in jobs is the largest of any occupational field, due to an aging population and federal health insurance reform.  The U.S. Department of Labor lists nursing assistants as one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation over the next 10 years.



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