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Nursing: Nursing Assistant Training Program Skills Certificate

The Nursing Assistant Course is open only to students who are officially admitted to the college. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or admissions@schoolcraft.edu for more information.

The Nursing Assistant Course (6 credits) provides students with the opportunity for an entry-level healthcare position primarily in extended care facilities, home health agencies, or hospitals. The course is three days a week and offered each seven weeks in the fall, winter and spring semesters. A five day a week (over four weeks) course is offered during the summer semester. Students who meet the course requirements are eligible to take the Michigan nursing assistant exam to be on the state registry.

The nursing assistant course is approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Community and Health Systems. A minimum overall grade of 75% for theory and satisfactory completion of laboratory and clinical competencies is needed for successful course completion and eligibility to take the Michigan nursing assistant exam. Students must meet health and clinical requirements, have a negative drug screen on first attempt, and pass a criminal background check.

The Schoolcraft College Nursing Assistant Training Program Skills Certificate is a minimum sixteen credit option that provides the nursing assistant with a college certificate that prepares students for further studies in healthcare. Students do not need to complete the certificate program to be eligible to take the state exam. Students who opt to complete the skills certificate need to complete the nursing assistant course (6 credits) and complete a minimum of another 10 general education credits for a minimum of at least 16 credits.

Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them and assist with meeting any financial aid requirements per semester. Students must meet health and clinical requirements, have a negative drug screen on first attempt, and pass a criminal background check. Computerized testing is required during this course. Students should also discuss course GPA requirements for future healthcare program requirements.


Schoolcraft program code # CRT.00321
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Sample Plan

Successful completion of NATP 115 Nursing Assistant Course allows for eligibility to take the Michigan Nurse Aide Exam to be placed on the state registry.

  • Select a minimum of 10 credits
    • Science - Select any Science course - Credits: 1-5
      • **BIOL 236* with a minimum grade of 3.0 recommended
    • English - Select any English course(s) - Credits: 3-6
      • **ENG 101 and/or ENG 102 with a minimum grade of 2.0 recommended
    • Mathematics - Select any Mathematics course - Credits: 3-5
      • **MATH 113 with a minimum grade of 2.0 recommended
    • Social Science - Select any Social Science course - Credits: 3-4
      • **PSYCH 201 with a minimum grade of 2.0 recommended
    • Humanities - Select any Humanities course with a minimum grade of 2.0 - Credits: 1-4

Total Credits: 16

Program Total: 16 Credits

* Students who may transfer to a baccalaureate program should elect the BIOL 237–238 Anatomy & Physiology course sequence. BIOL 236 or the BIOL 237-238 combination must be completed with a 3.0 or better for future nursing program admission.

**Identified courses may apply toward the certificate PN, associate in applied science RN, or used toward other science based curriculums.

All courses may be applied toward the associate in general studies degree.

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor or counselor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

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