Nurse Aide
Area of Study

Nurse Aide

Overview

Become a CNA with our Nurse Aide Program. Training that leads to immediate employment.

Nurse Aides are the first line of direct care to many patients. Providing for the personal care of bathing, dressing, feeding, assisting with moving and positioning of patients, nurse aides are in high demand in hospitals, long-term care facilities and home care agencies.

This is a great way for those with the heart to serve others gain income and experience working in a medical or direct care facility. For those considering entering the nursing field as a career, working as a nurse aide will help to develop good bedside care and begin introduction to the field of nursing.

Northeastern offers the nurses aide program in both extended and accelerated format. For specific dates on the offered courses please contact the Northeastern nursing program.

The Nurse Aide Program will provide teaching in basic skills such as bathing, dressing, feeding and assisting with moving and positioning patients or residents. Will prepare and allow students to take the Certified Nurses Aide test to become a CNA in Colorado.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Older people are more likely than younger people to have disorders such as dementia, or to live with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. More nursing assistants will be needed to care for patients with these conditions.

Demand for nursing assistants may be constrained by the fact that many nursing homes rely on government funding. Cuts to programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, may affect patients’ ability to pay for nursing home care. In addition, patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing the demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to increased opportunities for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for nursing assistants was $28,540 in May 2018. According to indeed.com, nurse aides in Colorado earn an average wage of $14.21/hour.