Nurse Assisting

Interested in a career where you can take care of others? Get started in the healthcare industry by becoming a CNA! 

What’s a CNA? CNA stands for Certified Nursing Assistant. A CNA’s role is to provide basic care to patients, take vital signs, and assist patients in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own. CNAs typically report to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Registered Nurses (RNs) and provide a wide range of personal and medical care. 

In the Emily Griffith Nurse Assisting program, you’ll gain the skills you need to quickly start in an in-demand career. Our part-time program is offered in both the daytime and evening, so you can fit classes into your schedule. 

Get certified: The Emily Griffith Nurse Assisting program meets the Colorado OBRA certification requirements and is approved by the State Board of Nursing; so you’ll be ready to take the state certification exam once you complete our program. 

Clinical placement: Complete a clinical internship in a real-world health care setting and gain vital experience. 

Facilities: Practice your skills in our Nurse Assisting lab that looks and feels like a real health care facility!

Want more information? Get the Nurse Assisting Program Flyer and the Nurse Assisting Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Nurse Assisting Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s Nurse Assisting program go on to work as CNAs at:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Home Health
  • Group Homes
  • Hospice
  • Day Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Memory Care Facilities 

Many graduates from our Nurse Assisting program continue their careers by becoming Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), or by taking on other roles in healthcare. 

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Required Courses

AAA 101 College 101: The Student Experience

Introduces students to college culture and prepares them for the challenges they will face in higher education. Through a series of interactive seminars, students discover learning in a multicultural environment and use college and community resources to attain education and career goals.

Start Date: 08/21/2020
Instructor: Julie
BIO 106 Basic Anatomy And Physiology

Focuses on basic knowledge of body structures and function, and provides a foundation for understanding deviations from normal and disease conditions. This course is designed for individuals interested in health care and is directly applicable to the Practical Nursing Program, Paramedic Program and the Medical Office Technology program

Start Date: 08/17/2020
Instructor: Benny Mudliar
HPR 139 Medical Terminology

Discusses the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining prefixes, roots and suffixes. This class includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, and psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging, and provides accepted pronunciation and spelling of terms used in the healthcare setting.

Start Date: 08/17/2020
Instructor: Benny Mudliar
NUA 101 Nurse Aide Health Care Skills

Prepares the student to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, communication skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety and emergency care issues are covered. Includes knowledge and/or principles of asepsis, OSHA and HIPAA regulations. Ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity and principles of mental health will be addressed, as well as patient/resident rights.

Start Date: 08/17/2020
Instructor: Benny Mudliar
NUA 170 Nurse Aide Clinical Experience

Applies knowledge and skill gained in NUA 101 to patient care.

Start Date: 12/07/2020
Instructor: Benny Mudliar

"It has been my desire to succeed in life and I believe that having a good education is the foundation of good success."

Lillian is a graduate of our HSE program. Lillian is originally from Nigeria and came to Denver in 2016. She came to Emily Griffith to continue her education. The GED program was her starting point and her goal was to then continue to CNA and then LPN and from there additional training in nursing if she has the chance.

Lillian says her husband encouraged her and helped explain concepts. Laura Blom gave her textbooks to practice reading, Martha in the SSC was really helpful as well. Lilian used the SSC to get help with math questions and Martha would help her out, and Laura was always there and she approached her on breaks to ask questions. The encouragement she received was really important to staying positive and ultimately achieving her goal.

Lillian passed her GED and she is now preparing to apply to the CNA program! “It has been my desire to succeed in life and I believe that having a good education is the foundation of good success,” says Lillian. “I would like to thank Laura, and Emily Griffith for showing me the way and for providing me the opportunity to achieve one of my goals.”

Congratulations Lillian! 

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