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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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Brisk Reed

During my time at Ross Medical I have learned the fundamentals of becoming a pharmacy technician, and I feel like I've been prepared to start my career properly. The staff is friendly, helpful, and always there when I need them. When I first started I was nervous and didn't know if I could do it, but because of all the factors that Ross offers I had a smooth transition. It's also great that they help you with the interviewing process and getting a job. My instructor Laura Cyphers was great! She had experience being a pharmacist, which gave a real-life perspective of how the field operates. She explained the curriculum well and I have the highest GPA I have ever had. I feel like I have received enough knowledge to succeed. The Campus Director, April Harr, is great, because you can always go talk with her and she's there to listen. Overall, my experience at Ross has been educational and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this school to other people, because Ross has helped me better my life.

Brisk Reed Graduate Pharmacy Technician student at Johnson City, TN campus Graduation: April 3, 2019
Robin Whalen

My name is Robin. I started at Ross in September 2018. Enrolling for a medical assistant has been very challenging but so very rewarding. It's been the best academic experience of my life. I could not have picked a better school for myself and my needs. The staff has been amazing!

Robin Whalen Graduate Medical Assistant student at Flint, MI campus Graduation: April 24, 2019
Kristen Burley

The reason I chose Ross is because I liked how it is a "hands-on" program. The instructors were fantastic - they worked with me one-on-one and helped me if I didn't understand something. They were there for me if I had a question outside of class. I felt confident in what they were teaching me for my career path. Everyone is super friendly and supportive. I am very grateful that I am a part of such a great school/program, so I can succeed!

Kristen Burley Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Brighton, MI campus Graduation: December 4, 2019
Paige White

I chose Ross Medical Education Center for schooling because I was looking for a great place to learn and start a fantastic career path. Before attending Ross, I was not sure which medical career path I wanted to enroll in. I toured the school and the administrative staff told me a little bit about each class offered. I decided to join the Dental Assistant program. Throughout the course, Ross Medical Education Center went above and beyond to make sure each student had everything they needed in order to be successful. My learning experience at Ross was exceptional! I learned so much more than I had anticipated. Ross is very hands-on and allows students to practice clinically in school and practice during externship at a medical office. I really enjoy that the school gives students the opportunity and benefit of learning "on-site" and being a part of a co-worker team. While I was on externship, I gained working confidence and efficiency on the things I was taught in school. I was able to get my radiology certification while on externship and I am now able to take x-rays on patients when needed. I've also been able to assist the dentist on procedures, sterilize instruments, set up trays and operatories. Overall, I think Ross Medical Education Center was a great school choice! I could not ask for a better school to help me prepare and start a great career! I would recommend Ross schools to anyone wanting to start a career in the medical field.

Paige White Graduate Dental Assistant student at Brighton, MI campus Graduation: November 25, 2019
Ashley Feliciano

The reasons I love Ross are they have flexible hours and they make you feel welcome. Our Director, Mr. B, is really supportive and really cares about the students and staff. My instructor, Mrs. Michelle, is amazing. She brings her real life experiences in her dental office and teaches us beyond a book. She shows us the skills we need and I feel like I'm ready to go out and succeed. She has become my mentor. I will always recommend Ross.

Ashley Feliciano Graduate Dental Assistant student at Niles, OH campus Graduation: February 14, 2020
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 Certificate online program
Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Midland
Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration Certificate online program
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
Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree online program
Health Care Administration Associate Degree online program
Human, Social, and Health Services Associate of Applied Science Degree online program
Medical Billing Administrative Specialist Associate Degree online program
Medical Office Administration Certificate Program online program
Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration Certificate online program
Pharmacy Technician Program Certificate online program