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Pennsylvania State University McKeesport Campus of the Commonwealth College
(412) 675-9010
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $11008
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $16798
School Information
Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State-related

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Carlow College
Traditional Undergraduate 412-578-6059 \ Adult Und
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $19860
School Information
Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Duquesne University
(412) 396-6000
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $23475
School Information
Type of Institution : University
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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La Roche College
(412) 367-9300
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $19660
School Information
Type of Institution : Comprehensive higher education system
Institutional Designation : Private—Religious

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Pennsylvania State University New Kensington Campus of the Commonwealth College
(724) 334-5466
3550 7th Street Road
Upper Borrell, PA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $11008
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $16798
School Information
Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—State-related

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Chatham University
(412) 365-1100
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $26475
School Information
Type of Institution : University
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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University of Pittsburgh
(412) 624-4141
4200 Fifth Avenue First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $12832
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $22480
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Type of Institution : University
Institutional Designation : Public—State-related

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Western Pennsylvania Hospital - School of Nursing
(877) 33N-URSE
4900 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

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Robert Morris University
(412) 762-0097
6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA
Tuition
Tuition Costs : $19190
School Information
Type of Institution : University
Institutional Designation : Private—Nonprofit

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Community College of Allegheny County
(412) 323-2323
800 Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition
Full-Time Area Tuition Costs : $2678
Full-Time In-State Tuition Costs : $5052
Full-Time Non-Resident Tuition Costs : $7426
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Type of Institution : Two-Year college
Institutional Designation : Public—County

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Nursing Assistant

How to become a Nursing Assistant

The process of becoming a nursing assistant in the United States will vary greatly, depending on where you live and where you choose to work. To become a nursing assistant, you must at least have a high school diploma or GED, and complete an approved certified nursing assistant program. You must be in good health, have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work as part of a team.

The first step to becoming a nursing assistant is to find the best program that suits you and matches your career goals. You can obtain nursing assistant training at high schools, nursing care facilities, vocational/technical schools, community colleges, and the American Red Cross. Also, health care facilities in your local area sometimes advertise in newspapers, offering free or pay-while-you-learn certified nursing assistant classes. These classes are available to those who are interested, and who have no prior medical experience.

Prospective nursing assistants can also receive classroom training through their employers. Other candidates receive on-the-job training through experienced nurses. This kind of training could last from a few days to several months. You may also obtain training by attending lectures, trainings, and workshops in the nursing assistant field.

Regardless of the route you take to become a nursing assistant, you will be required to take courses in anatomy, physiology, personal care skills, body mechanics, infection control, nutrition, communication skills, and resident rights to name few. The average nursing assistant training program normally takes from 2 to 5 weeks to complete.

Once you complete nursing assistant training, you will be required to take a State administered test to become certified. A physical examination and criminal background are normally required for employment.

What does a Nursing Assistant do?

Nursing assistants are mainly responsible for providing medical support to doctors and nurse in hospitals and other health care facilities. They provide hands-on personal care to patients, and perform repetitive, routine tasks under the supervision of nurses and doctors. They assist patients with eating, dressing, bathing, getting in and out of bed, walking, and skin care. Nursing assistants also escort patients to and from operating rooms and examining rooms.

Many routine, repetitive tasks performed by nursing assistants include helping patients, taking messages and delivering them to patients and staff, serving patients their meals, making patients' beds, emptying bedpans, cleaning rooms, and much more. Depending on their workplace, nursing assistants are sometimes required to record vital signs, i.e. taking patients' temperatures, monitoring and recording their pulse rates and respiration rates, taking blood pressure, collecting small samples of body fluids, and sterilizing equipment and supplies.

Some nursing assistants serve as backup to other medical staff by set...

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