Certified Nursing Assistant/Clinical Medical Assistant BUNDLE

Learn more about our Nursing Assistant Program

This program prepares students to work as Nursing Assistants (NAs) in hospitals, nursing homes, or residential care facilities.  Through classroom lectures, campus labs, and clinical training, participants learn the skills required of NAs.  Program completers will be eligible to take the State of Tennessee Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Demonstrate professional communication skills including reporting and recording.

  • Describe the functions of body systems appropriate to the CNA.

  • Demonstrate safety/emergency procedures and infection control measures.

  • Respect patients’/residents’ rights and promote independence.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic and personal care skills required of the CNA.

  • Care for cognitively impaired patients/residents.  

  • Respond appropriately to mental health and social service needs of patients/residents.

  • Perform basic restorative services for patients/residents as needed.

*Students will receive supervised practical training and will be found proficient in the following areas prior to being allowed to participate in supervised clinical:

  • Communication & Interpersonal skills

  • Infection Control

  • Safety and emergency procedures, including the Heimlich Maneuver

  • Promoting Resident Independence

  • Respecting Resident Rights

  • Abuse and the Abuse Registry

Course Content



Admission Requirements




  • Orientation to AAHC

  • Understanding Healthcare Settings
  • The Nursing Assistant and Care Team
  • Legal & Ethical Issues - HIPAA
  • Communication and Cultural Diversity
    Patient/resident abuse prevention –
  •  “Hand in Hand “ video

  • Recording and reporting
  • Medical Terminology
  • Patient/Resident rights
  • Injury/abuse prevention

  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Safety and Body Mechanics

  • Standard Precautions
  • Hand hygiene
  • Use of PPE
  • OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Cleaning, Disinfection, Sterilization
  • Oxygen use
  • Restraints
  • Body mechanics
  • Fire safety guidelines

  • Emergency Care and Disaster Preparation –
    CPR & abdominal thrust
    (conscious and unconscious choking victims)

  • First Aid
  • Disaster guidelines
  • CPR
  • Abdominal Thrust

  • Healthy Human Body (Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Positioning, Transfer & Ambulation
  • Admitting, Transferring, and Discharging
  • Basic Nursing Skills

  • Transfer and ambulation
  • Assisting with physical exam
  • Vital signs (T, P, R, BP)
  • Height & weight
  • Pain management
  • Warm and Cold applications
  • Dressings (non-sterile and sterile)
  • Elastic bandages
  • O2 therapy

  • Personal Care Skills

  • Skin care
  • Bathing/grooming/dressing
  • Oral care/care of dentures
  • Toileting
  • Bed making
  • Making an occupied bed
  • Moving up in bed

  • Nutrition & Hydration

  • Special diets
  • Feeding – assisting with meals
  • I&O

  • Urinary Elimination
  • Bowel Elimination

  • Collection of specimens
  • Catheter care
  • Enemas
  • Occult blood testing
  • Bowel and bladder training

  • Confusion, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Rehabilitation and restorative care

  • ADLs
  • Motivate resident/stop when resists
  • Use of assistive devices
  • Care and use of prosthetic devices
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Deep breathing exercises

  • Dying, Death and Hospice

  • End of life care
  • Physical care of body after death

Length of Program

The Nursing Assistant program is a total of 144 contact hours consisting of: Class room – 72 contact hours Campus lab – 24 contact hours* Supervised Clinical - 48 contact hours Classes will be held from 9 am – 3 pm four (4) days per week (Monday – Thursday). The program will take 6 weeks to complete. The first 3 weeks (72 contact hours) will be spent in class. Week 4 (24 contact hours) will be spent in campus lab; and weeks 5 & 6 will be spent in supervised clinical (48 contact hours). We cannot guarantee placement for students that choose not to be vaccinated.



Application Fee $100.00

Books and Materials Fee $150.00

Lab Fee $150.00

Tuition $1350.00

Total cost to AAHC $1750.00


Additional Cost:

 CPR Certification $25.00

Student Clinical Insurance $41.00

Clinical Name Badge $15.00

State Board Exam $128.00 (Additional fees may apply)

Overall total $1959.00

Additional Supplies:

A current Medical Dictionary is strongly suggested for class and can be obtained from any bookstore for approximately $10. Students will need general school supplies such as: binders, notebook, paper, pens, pencils, erasers, and highlighters. Students are required to purchase a minimum of two pair of scrubs that must always be worn during clinicals and enclosed shoes (color based on clinical assignment). These are approximately $30.00 a pair and can be purchased at any uniform or retail store. Students are also required to purchase a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff by the third (3) week of class; these are approximately $45.00 for the kit. A student name badge is part of student uniform and is required for clinicals. Uniforms will be worn weeks three though six (3-6). Students are encouraged to purchase any additional uniforms you may feel necessary for class/clinicals. Liability insurance is required for each student before student is placed in clinicals. The student may also incur expenses related to specific agency requirements for immunizations, TB skin test (x-rays if required), respiratory fit test, background checks, and drug screens. At completion of course (including ALL clinical hours), students will take the State of Tennessee Board exam.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission prospective students must:

  1. Attend a Career Overview session to gain information re: programs offered and expectations
  2. Interview with Academy staff
  3. Complete entrance assessment (basic reading and math skills). Note: Results are used for advisement purposes only.  No passing score identified.
  4. Submit the following:
    1. Two written references
    2. A photo id
    3. Completed Program Application

Students sponsored by WIOA or any other funding source are interviewed a 2nd time by Academy staff. The purpose of the second interview is to reinforce the Academy’s commitment to the objectives of the funding source (i.e. job search and employment).

The following minimal physical and mental requirements are necessary for successful progression through the Nursing Assistant program:

  • Ability to lift or move weights of up to 35% of recommended bodyweight (approx. 50 pounds).
  • Motor ability necessary to ambulate independently in clients’ rooms and in work areas.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to observe and assess client behavior, prepare and to administer medications, and accurately read monitors and computer screens.
  • Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, monitoring alarms, and to auscultate heart tones, breath sounds, and bowel sounds.
  • The ability to speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently (safety issue).
  • The ability to communicate in a professional manner and establish rapport with clients and colleagues.

Criminal background checks and drug screens are required at the affiliated clinical sites for training. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of this program. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment.


The Nursing Assistant program is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning the quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety and fiscal responsibility. The Nursing Assistant program is also approved by the Tennessee Department of Health.