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In the Ross Nursing Assistant training program, students will be instructed on clinical skills relevant to their scope of practice in a variety of healthcare settings. Program instructors with experience in the field provide training and instruction to students on many necessary skills including but not limited to: residents' rights, recognizing abuse and explaining how to deal with abuse and neglect, demonstrating good body mechanics and lifting techniques, describing sterilizing and disinfecting which will include hygiene care of the resident, bed making, feeding, foot and nail care, oral hygiene, hair care, the measuring of intake and output, proper application of bandages, dressings, vital signs, measuring temperatures.

Nursing Assistant student

Nursing Assistant students will also be instructed on a variety of other support skills, including: explaining the five stages of grief, discussing reactions to death and dying, describing care for someone who is dying, identifying signs of approaching death and describing postmortem care, defining home care, explaining the role and responsibility of the home health aide, discussing the role of the healthcare team, home maintenance, and safety issues, describing special concerns for home care and family care.

What is a Nursing Assistant?

A nursing assistant (NA) works directly with patients under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). Typically NAs work in assisted living facilities, hospitals, hospice, nursing homes, or sometimes in home care. They can be found helping patients with a variety of daily tasks such as self-care, taking vital signs, assisting with range-of-motion exercises, feeding, etc. They report to the nurse and play a key role in patient care as they have substantial regular contact with patients. Due to this, they keep the nurse up-to-date on all important information regarding the patient's condition.

Nursing Assistant Clinical Hours

Nursing assistant students in Ross' school training program are able to complete their clinical hours at local facilities with which their campus has a working relationship. This provides students with real-world, hands-on experience with patients and other healthcare professionals before they get out into the field.

Certification for Nursing Assistant Graduates

During the program students will be instructed to perform the specific nursing assistant skills that are required to pass the skills portion of the State of Michigan Nurse Aide Certification Examination as administered by Thompson Prometric.

Students will also be instructed and tested on the concepts and information which are required for the written portion of the State of Michigan Nurse Aide Certification Exam as administered by Thompson Prometric. In order to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), students must take and pass that exam.

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Kaycea Garner

Putting myself through the Medical Assistant program at Ross has been the best investment I've made toward my future because I have a stable lifetime career that I truly enjoy. I will always remember the support and encouragement that I was given by the staff and my instructors. Thank you, Ross, for being around to help me invest in my future.

Kaycea Garner Graduate Medical Assistant student at Portage, MI campus Graduation: October 11, 2018
Paige Meyers

Being in the VA program instructed by Ms. Shevock has re-affirmed my dreams of becoming a veterinarian.

Paige Meyers Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at Canton, MI campus Graduation: May 8, 2019
Tanisha Shemwell

My experience here at Ross has been nothing short of amazing! With the small class sizes, flexible hours, friendly staff, and hands-on activities, what more could you ask for? I chose the Dental course because a smile can brighten anyone's day! I've learned that dental is not all about teeth. You will also be taught the anatomy of the human body which is very interesting and my favorite Mod so far. My instructor ensures that we are comfortable with the material before moving on. Who knew that in just 9 short months you would be out working in the community doing what you love. Ross is a great school and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to fulfill their dream in the medical field. Ross offers many different courses like medical assistant, pharmacy tech, veterinarian, dental assistant, medical billing and coding, and much more. Come check us out!

Tanisha Shemwell Graduate Dental Assistant student at Owensboro, KY campus Graduation: April 23, 2019
Meghan Bayne

The dental program at Ross in Niles is the best choice I have made in my life so far. I never did well in high school, but my instructor makes it so enjoyable. The director, assistant director, and my instructor are all so supportive and they make sure I am confident in what I am doing. I love the dental program and everyone supporting me. I don't think I would be so successful without them.

Meghan Bayne Graduate Dental Assistant student at Niles, OH campus Graduation: April 27, 2020
Gena Hicks

I have never been good at school, so thinking about taking classes again made me very anxious and unsure if this was what I even really wanted. I feel confident that I made the right decision. The instructors really care about you and your academic goals. They do everything they can to help guide you through your Medical Assistant journey. Without their support, I would have really struggled to want to stick with the program. So, a huge THANK YOU to Ebony Whitney for your unconditional support and all the extra time you spent helping me!

Gena Hicks Graduate Dental Assistant student at Fort Wayne, IN campus Graduation: March 27, 2019
Medical Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Quad Cities
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Erlanger
  • Hopkinsville
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Battle Creek
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Madison Heights
  • Midland
  • Muskegon
  • New Baltimore
  • Port Huron
  • Saginaw
  • Taylor
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Mansfield
  • Niles
  • Canton (OH)
  • Sylvania
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Madison Heights
  • New Baltimore
  • Muskegon
  • Saginaw
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Veterinary Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Erlanger
  • Canton
  • Kalamazoo
  • Madison Heights
  • New Baltimore
Pharmacy Technician Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Brighton
  • Davison
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Madison Heights
  • Saginaw
  • Cincinnati
  • Mansfield
  • Johnson City
  • Charleston
Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Midland
Medical Insurance Billing & Office Administration Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Granger
  • Kokomo
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • Bowling Green
  • Erlanger
  • Owensboro
  • Ann Arbor
  • Brighton
  • Canton (MI)
  • Davison
  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kentwood
  • Lansing
  • Madison Heights
  • New Baltimore
  • Port Huron
  • Muskegon
  • Saginaw
  • Taylor
  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton
  • Elyria
  • Niles
  • Mansfield
  • Johnson City
  • Knoxville
  • Charleston
  • Morgantown
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville
  • Quad Cities
Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Practical Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Veterinary Technology Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Canton (OH)
Business Management Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville, KY
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