This Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Home Health Care Aide is designed to prepare students for the Nursing Assistant Level One certification and for successful employment as a CNA1 or Home Health Aide. The Program combines classroom, skills lab instruction, and hands-on clinical experience, designed to prepare students to care for clients in a variety of settings including; long-term care, intermediate care, home health, hospice care, acute care, foster care and assisted living situations. The program includes instruction in basic bedside nursing skills, basic restorative skill, mental health and social service needs, personal care skills, knowledge of clients’ rights, concepts of safety and preventing complications, communicating patient responses to the nurse, and documenting/recording outcomes of patient care, patient advocacy, health promotion, and the use of contemporary medical records systems.  For additional medically-related programs see Allied Health webpage.

The NUR120 Nursing Assistant Level 1 course is an Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) approved course. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the Oregon State Board of Nursing-sanctioned CNA Level 1 examination.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in the program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Home Health Care Aide is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NUR120 Nursing Assistant Level 1 1 9
HIM110 Health Information Technology 5
NUR9195 Home Health Care Aide 3
Community Resources
or Interviewing Theory and Techniques
 Total Credits20

Students who hold a current Oregon Nursing Assistant Certificate may substitute this course with specific electives. This course has a separate application process. NUR120 Nursing Assistant Level 1 requires a course application be submitted to document requirements such as immunizations, drug screen, current CPR card, and criminal background check. Also, OSBN requires applicants for nursing assistant certifications to provide fingerprints in order for a national criminal history record check be conducted by the OSBN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Be eligible to sit for the Oregon State Board of Nursing-sanctioned CNA Level 1 examination and be able to function as a professional in the role of a CNA1/Home Health Care Aide in a residential setting.
  • Be able to demonstrate basic patient advocacy, health promotion, and basic medical records maintenance.
  • Follow treatment plans prescribed by physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.