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Nursing Assistant

Nursing assistants enjoy rewarding careers under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They are trained to identify and meet basic patient care needs for the safety, comfort and daily activities of patients―including feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming and transporting them.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates seek employment in a hospital, nursing home, physician's office, clinic, long-term care facility or private home.

Nursing Assistant program graduates may sit for the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) Exam.

Getting Started

The Nursing Assistant program is a selective admission program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Nursing Assistant Application Book.

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Information Sessions

Information sessions for IRSC nursing programs take place on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in room H-106 of the Mary L. Fields Health Science Center on Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Upcoming sessions:

Applying to the Nursing Assistant Program

Students are accepted into the IRSC Nursing Assistant program each semester. View the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Nursing Assistant course schedule.

New students must first complete the online Application for Admission. Check admission requirements prior to submitting your application.

New and returning students must also follow these directions to complete and submit the Nursing Assistant Application prior to the application deadline.

  1. Sign into MyIRSC, and enter your Student ID and PIN number.
  2. Go to Registration (blue menu bar), and selectNursing Assistant Application.
  3. Place a check mark in the I Agree Statement.
  4. In the Health Science Program box, select Nursing Assistant. Application Deadline: this automatically fills in the program deadline date.
  5. Select Submit. Select OK.
  6. Select Pay Fee Now and then Pay Now.
  7. Select Process For Payment.
  8. Select $30 application fee.
  9. Enter credit card details.
  10. Submit payment.

Additional Program Information


This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team.  Join now.

Academic Plan/Guided Pathway for Nursing Assistant

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.For course descriptions, see the College CatalogAcademic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Career Training

Students enrolled in the Nursing Assistant Career Training programs build increasingly sophisticated skills in 165-hour modules.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

Wage and employment data for the example careers that follow is provided by Career Coach (powered by EMSI). EMSI uses data, reports and forecasts that are generated using government data sources and proprietary analytical processes. Educational requirements vary by career.
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