This training is offered in the Anchorage area.
Nationwide there is a shortage of nurses and nursing assistants. As the people of Alaska age over the next 10 years, this shortage is expected to increase. All over our State, healthcare facilities are constantly looking for qualified, skilled, care givers. In response to those needs, AVTEC developed a Nurse Assistant program, which is located in Anchorage. We operate two classes simultaneously, one in the classroom and one in clinical, for new Nurse Assistants. They run for eight weeks throughout the year.
The Nurse Assistant program is an intensive, fast paced course that includes 228 hours of classroom, lab skills practice and clinical experience. The first four weeks are classroom and lab skills, including Basic Life Support. Classes are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A half hour skills practice session is available each day following class and is highly recommended.
The next four weeks of clinical experience are devoted to patient care at one of the nursing or assisted living homes in Anchorage. Clinical rotation is from 6:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The first week students care for one person, the second and third week two people, and the fourth week three people. Besides clinical skills, students learn organization and time management while caring for patients.
To train compassionate, competent Nursing Assistants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support successful long-term employment in a variety of health care settings. To offer a course that will provide a career pathway for people who want to begin in the healthcare profession.
Length of Course:
228 clock hours, 38 training days
Monday through Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – classroom,
AVTEC application, interview with the Allied Health Department Admissions staff, High School Diploma or GED from United States, TABE testing on reading must be a minimum of 10th grade level and math must be a minimum of 8th grade level.
TABE tests scores for this program must be:
A current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size), a negative TB test within the past six months and proof of immunizations: Hepatitis B, MMR 1 & 2 (Measles, Mumps & Rubella), Varicella (Chicken Pox) or blood tests showing immunity. Meningitis vaccination or signed form declining vaccination.
For an application or information, contact Admissions at the Allied Health Department, 1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 103, Anchorage, Alaska 99504, by telephone at (907) 334-2230, or by fax at (907) 334-2237.
Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift 50 lbs.
To achieve a Nurse Assistant certificate, students must complete the following requirements.
For a detailed description of each requirement, click on the link below.
Study skills, Introduction to healthcare, patient bill of rights, legal
issues, body structure and function, vital signs, oral/denture care, personal
care, bed baths, body mechanics, dressing and undressing with IV, lifespan
growth & development, occult blood testing, elimination, special
procedures, grief & loss, medical terminology, therapies, PT, OT, RT,
medical abbreviations, care of surgical patient, vision & hearing
problems, mental health disorders, CN role in healthcare, Maslow’s
hierarchy of needs, ethical standards, communication, preventing infection,
comfort, rest, and sleep, the patient unit and bed making, skin care, range of
motion, turning and positioning, sexuality, care of elderly/elder abuse,
nutrition, transfers & ambulation, safety/restraints, confusion &
dementia, activity therapy, rehabilitation, death & dying, common health
problems, basic emergency care.
Basic Life Support Provider (BLSP)
One and two person CPR, Adult, infant and pediatric CPR with bag and
mask and Automated External
The Clinical Rotation is the culmination of the knowledge learned in the
classroom/skills lab, and is devoted to patient care at one of the nursing homes
or assisted living homes in Anchorage. Clinical rotation is from 6:00 a.m. to
12:15 p.m. The first week students care for one person, the second and third
week two people, and the fourth week three people.
*In addition, a Nurse Assistant Reciprocity Course is available. Contact Admissions for more information on this training.