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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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Lynn Statler

Ross not only gave me an awesome educational experience, but helped to advance my career. The staff is there for you to succeed during and after the program in any way they can.

Lynn Statler Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ontario, OH campus Graduation: October 6, 2018
Brittney Wittmer

I had a great experience at Ross. Everyone was very accommodating and knowledgeable in my field. Every day I walked in, I was greeted with a positive, ready-to-help staff member. Ross provided me with the tools I needed to take the next step in my life and find my forever job. I cannot thank everyone at Ross enough for this fantastic experience. I feel like I walked in as a scared student and I'm leaving as a graduate with lifelong friends.

Brittney Wittmer Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Ontario, OH campus Graduation: March 12, 2019
Nikki Haley

At Ross College, I really enjoyed the professors as well as getting to know my classmates. Everyone was very encouraging and I really enjoyed it!

Nikki Haley Graduate Online - Health Administrative Services student at Ross College Online campus Graduation: November 27, 2018
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
Erica Shelly

In May of 2017, I decided to start my journey, and though many obstacles popped up trying to prevent me from starting, I was able to begin school in June of 2017. When I started school, I was working a part time job and juggling being a full time mom of six beautiful children. It wasn't easy; it took hard work and dedication. I kept two planners: one for work and appointments, the other for school assignments and tests. In January of of 2018, I finished my externship and received my certificate. I even accepted a position when I finished my externship; my hard work had paid off. I absolutely love my job! My team members and patients are great. Best of all, they make work fun. I have truly found my calling.

Erica Shelly Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kokomo, IN campus Graduation: January 3, 2018
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:
  • 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
  • Grand Rapids
  • 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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