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2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 
2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Nursing Assistant/Unit Coordinator, Certificate of Achievement

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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety


Program information is available from the Program Director at (505) 224-3000.


Program Description

To earn the NAUC certificate, students must complete two 8 week courses of study. During NA 1015 , students study basic patient care skills, including both classroom and lab instruction and clinical experience. Topics include basic patient care skills, geriatrics, simple anatomy and physiology, rehabilitation, residents’ rights, and communication. This course is web-enhanced and requires students to have computer access. Lab experiences focus on personal care, vital signs, and mobility skills. Clinical experience will focus on providing basic patient care skills to residents or patients. At the completion of the NA 1015 course, students are eligible to take the state certification exam (CNA) and will also receive a Certificate of Achievement in Nursing Assistant.

The PCT 1015  course provides instruction and laboratory practice for intermediate patient care skills such as urinary catheterization and removal, sterile dressings, wound care, venipuncture, nasogastric tube insertion and removal, ostomy care and point-of-care testing. Students will learn basic medical terminology, medical abbreviations, order transcription, and unit coordinator duties. At the completion of the PCT 1015, students will possess the skills necessary to work in hospitals and other acute care settings.

Special Requirements

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A program fee covers the cost of the required apron, stethoscope, badge holder, transfer belt, criminal background check, drug screen, and lab tests in the event of a needle stick or exposure to bodily fluids. The student must provide a watch with second hand, white uniform slacks, shirt, and shoes. A physical exam with current immunization documentation is required prior to clinical rotation. Student must be able to physically perform basic moving and lifting skills and must have documentation of ability to lift 50lbs by physician.

Career and Educational Opportunities

Jobs are available in hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and private homes.


Exit competencies for this program of study are available at cnm.edu/exitcomp.

For the graduation policy refer to the Moving On  section. 


Certificate of Achievement in Nursing Assistant/Unit Coordinator 13 credit hour(s)

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