Nursing Care Skills Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


A five-week certificate program that prepares individuals to become a Nurse Aide. Aides render care to clients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and in home-care. The program consists of 35 hours of course work in theory, 45 hours of laboratory activities, and 20 hours in a clinical agency. The NCS-112 course requires consistent attendance from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., four days a week.

Note: NOTE: Upon successful completion of NCS-112, students are eligible to take the state of Michigan Nurse Aide competency exam for certification to receive the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) designation. The exam is not included in NCS-112. After certification, many students return to college to become nurses or other health care professionals. The CNA program is a great foundation for an Associate Degree in Applied Science.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in skills necessary for nurse assistants.
  2. Demonstrate professional behavior by communicating effectively and incorporating legal and ethical values into the care of residents.
  3. Provide safe, quality care to residents.
Career Opportunities
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home health care

Occupational Exposure/Risk

Because nurse assistants are required to lift, move, and transfer patients; stand for long period of times; possess certain fine motor skills; and sufficient visual acuity to care for patients, additional physical capabilities are required for entrance into the program. Applicants considering a career in health care may be exposed to infectious diseases during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field, and are likely to work in situations where exposure to infectious disease is possible. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the program of study.

NOTE: Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized health care workers. Nursing faculty strongly advise that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in the nursing program must notify the program director/coordinator upon admission.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information

Upon successful completion of the course and two tests, the knowledge and clinical skills test, an applicant is issued a certification by Prometric. The certification allows the applicant to work as a CNA for a two year period.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Satisfactory completion of ENG-081 or ENG-082 or a "C" grade or better in ENG-131 or a satisfactory score on the English placement exam.
  • Current Basic Life Support (CPR) card from American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
  • Drug screening and criminal background check.

NOTE: Students with a history of alcohol-related driving offenses or felony convictions will find it difficult, if not impossible, to gain employment in health care. The specific process is explained in information sessions in the Nursing Skills program. Drug screening must also be paid for by the student, and this is explained during HFC's new student information session. Students who are not cleared for clinical placement through the physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen will not be able to complete NCS-112.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
Course name Credit Hours
NCS-112: Competency Evaluated Nursing Assistant 4.00
Credit Hours: 4
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2019 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.