Description of Courses

There are only three (3) courses that our school offers; Nursing Assistant (NA), Home Health Aide (HHA), and Restorative Nursing Assistant (RNA).


Subject Description:     This course meets California Department of Health requirements for a training course for Nursing Assistant.

The course includes classroom and clinical instruction in the following areas:

Communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver, promoting residents' independence, respecting residents' rights, personal care skills, basic nursing skills, mental health and social service needs, care of cognitively impaired residents, basic restorative  BVU3500 3 Diagr r2 c2services, and residents' rights.

Subject Hours: 160 clock hours (55 hours lecture, 105 hours lab)

Required Textbooks: Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistant 8th Edition by Sheila A.   Sorrentino, PhD, RN and Leighann N. Remmert, MS, RN

Instructional Methods:
1.  Lecture
2.  Laboratory
3.  Simulated Workplace
4.  Audio Video
5.  Power Point Presentation
6.  Anatomical Mannequins


This 160 hour – 20 day course is designed to introduce student to the functions and roles of the Nursing Assistant (NA). The Nursing Assistant course has two components: theoretical portion 55 hours and clinical portion 105 hours to make a total of 160 hours. The training will be conducted from Monday to Friday. The instructor will deliver the course content through lectures and demonstrations and exposure of the students to actual nursing procedures and techniques while in the clinical setting. Knowledge validation is evaluated on an ongoing basis through tests and quizzes. It consists of 16 modules focused on all aspects of resident care, including residents’ rights, body mechanics, taking vital signs and rehabilitative nursing, among others.

The book Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistant 8th Edition by Sheila A. Sorrentino, PhD, RN and Leighann N. Remmert, MS, RN will be the official textbook for the course. A nursing assistant may be defined as an individual trained to give personal care and assistance, determined by the facilities’ policies, under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse or by a Registered Nurse. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to take the written and practical examination required by the State of California Department of Health Services to obtain a certificate of Nursing Assistant, and seek employment in hospitals and long-term care facilities.


Overview of Title 22.  Nursing Assistant Training is aimed at developing nursing care skills within the roles of responsibilities required by law.  The State of California has a code of regulations that all nursing facilities must follow.  This includes both Federal and State laws, called Title 22, Division 5, and California Code of Regulations.  The State has delegated these compliance responsibilities with the Department of Health Services.  Title 22 is the guide that facilities use to set up their own policies and procedures to meet the requirements of the law.  These state regulations contain specific rules about licensing, required services, and standards of care.

The instruction will prepare students to meet licensure requirements.  Each student will be assisted in applying for the State Board Examination.  A review class will be conducted to assist graduates in preparing for the written and clinical competency examination required by the State of California.  Clinical experience and certification will be very helpful certified Nursing Assistants who go on to LVN, RN, and other nursing certificates or degree programs.

Statement of Philosophy

The Nursing Assistant has one of the most important  role in a care facility.  Each resident in a facility is cared for by a health care team.  The Nursing Assistant is a member of this care team and is one who provides the most hands-on care to the resident.  As result of this, the Nursing Assistant has great influence on the resident’s sense of well-being as well as the resident’s physical health.  The Nursing Assistant is the most important link between the resident and the facility.

The role of the Nursing Assistant can be broken down into the four specific areas:

1. Providing a safe environment for the resident.  Using facility equipment (such as a wheelchair) in a safe manner, knowing and following the proper use of protective devices such as restraints and side rails; Being aware of potential hazards such as liquid spills an obstruction; and practicing personal hygiene, cleanliness and infection control.
2. Meeting the resident’s physical needs.  This includes assisting with all the activities of daily living, such as bathing, oral hygiene, grooming, dressing, toileting, feeding, as well as medical and rehabilitative activities (vital signs, turning, collecting specimens, exercises, range of motion, and ambulation).  It is important to note here that the Nursing Assisting is to encourage the resident to be as independent as possible.
3. Meeting the resident’s psychosocial needs.  This requires skills and sensitivity to understand these needs in individual residents and to meet them, such as (1) To be recognized as an individual; (2) To love and be loved; (3) To feel a sense of accomplishment; (4) To be treated with dignity and respect; (5) To feel secure; (6) To feel good about them.  The Nursing Assistant should treat the resident the same way he/she wants to be treated.
4. Fulfilling responsibilities to the employer.  Reporting to work on time and reliability fulfilling his/her assignments, conserving supplies and equipment, are among the responsibilities of a Nursing Assistant.


Subject Description:   The Home Health Aide training program is for student who has an active certification or currently certified nursing assistant. It is designed to expand the role of a Nursing Assistant to provide quality care to client in a home-care setting, home health aide agencies and other private entities, under the supervision of a Case Manager or a Registered Nurse.

The training consists of 40 clock hours (5- day) course. Upon successfully completing this course and passed the competency exam given by the school.  The student will receive certificate of completion.  The school will process the home health aide application form to the California Department of Health.  Once California Department of Health received and reviewed and all requirements for Home Health Aide (HHA) are met, certification for Home Health Aide will be issued.  Stating Certified Home Health Aide that is renewed every 2 years with 48 hours of In-service offered by the employer or Continuing Education Unit (CEU) that can be taken in school, university, or college.

Subject Hours: 40 Hours (20 Hours theory, 20 hours Clinical)

Required Textbook: A textbook entitled “Mosby Text book for the Home Care Aide by Joan Birchen all and Eileen Steight will be the official textbook for the course.

Instructional Methods:
1.  Lecture
2.  Laboratory
3.  Simulated Workplace
4.  Audio Video
5.  Power Point Presentation
6.  Anatomical Mannequins

Course Syllabus: Home Health Aide Training Program

The course syllabus was developed following the Department of Health Services guidelines for the training of Certified Nursing Assistants to become Certified Home Health Aides.  Section 484.36 of the Health Care Financing Administration regulations (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act), OBRA for short, and Title 22 were used to develop the appropriate units of the curriculum.  The following course content required by Title 22 was included in the 40 hour curriculum:

Statement of Philosophy

The intent of this curriculum is threefold:  To promote quality of care in the home care setting, to provide entry-level skills for employment as a home health aide and to extend the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant as a paraprofessional.  To achieve its threefold purpose, the Home Health Aide curriculum is based upon the following beliefs:

1.  Individuals have the right to receive optimum health care delivered in a home care setting by competent caregivers.
2.  The Home Health Aide is an important member of the health care.  The Home Health Aide, supervised by licensed professional personnel, provides direct and supportive care to the client promote comfort measures, and collects, records, and reports data in the home care setting.
3.  A significant amount of home care is given by non-professionals.  Therefore, the HHA must respect and interact effectively with clients, families, and other personal and professional caregivers.
4.  Learning occurs in a atmosphere of mutual respect, where questioning is welcomed, problem solving is encouraged, and opportunities for guided practice are provided.
5.  Individuals have the right to the fulfillment of their basic physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.


The Home Health Aide curriculum prepares the Certified Nursing Assistant for certification as a Home Health Aide by the State of California.  This certification allows the Home Health Aide to function as an entry-level worker on a health care team in a home health agency.  The curriculum is structured to provide theory and practical application of knowledge and skills needed to function as a Home Health Aide.  The curriculum is designed to achieve the following goals:
1. Implement a curriculum that meets Federal and State regulation and promotes safe and quality care in home care settings.
2. Promote consistency and equity between different teaching environments.
3. Promote consistency in training that responds to current home care practice.
4. Focus on the needs of learners and society at large by:
 a.  Providing diverse learning experiences that respond to the needs of the learner
 b.  Promoting clarity and understanding of the larger world
 c.  Providing opportunities to develop learners’ feelings of self-understanding and personal worth
 d.  Fostering the development of abilities to function in and contribute to society

 The conceptual framework upon which Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is unified is as follows: Physiological, Safety and Protection, Love and Belonging, Self-Esteem, and Self-Actualization.  In addition, the following organizing principles have been integrated in the curriculum:


The demonstration of empathy and concern for the client’s comfort and well-being.  Respecting the client’s lifestyle, personal beliefs, environment, and personal property.  Recognizing the importance of the client’s family, caregivers, and other relationships.

Critical Thinking / Problem Solving

When given a problem or situation, the identification and collecting of relevant information and collaboration with others to address the situation.

 Team Building

Interacting effectively with members of the health care team, family, or others involved in the case of the client.  Demonstrating accountability and loyalty to the team.


The demonstration of honesty, confidentiality, and integrity.  Recognizing the need for separation of the Home Health Aide role from one’s personal life.

Cultural Sensitivity

The awareness of and respect for various cultural, ethic, and religious beliefs and practices.


Subject Description:  The RNA program is critical to assuring that residents maintain their highest practical level of functioning in long term care.  RNA's provide specific treatments to residents so to restore and maintain the strength, coordination and skills to ambulate and perform functional activities of daily living.

The RNA (Restorative Nursing Assistant) program at Windsor School of Nursing provides NA’s (Nursing Assistants) knowledge and skills to advance their career in long term care.  The nursing assistants will receive training in theory and practical application of restorative techniques. Restorative Nursing Assistants can find employment in nursing homes, assisted living communities and long term care facilities.


Active certification as a Nursing Assistant
Good understanding of the English language
Healthcare uniform/Scrubs, athletic shoes and gait belt

RNA Course Agenda

•  Restorative Nursing Program
•  Medical Overview
•  Cognition, Communication & Hearing
•  Dysphasia & Restorative Dining
•  Joint Mobility
•  Ambulation
•  Documentation

Subject Hours: 24 hours (16 Hours Theory, 8 Hours Clinical)

Required Textbook: Hands outs and pamphlets

Instructional Methods:
1.  Lecture
2.  Laboratory
3.  Simulated Workplace
4.  Audio Video
5.  Power Point Presentation
6.  Anatomical Mannequins

Restorative and Rehabilitation contributes to improve the quality of residents.  The RNA certification will provide an advanced learning and rehabilitation and Certified Nursing will the prevention that will arise out if immobility of residents.  Such complications of deformity, such as contracture atrophy and decubitus ulcer formation for residents who are bed bound, comatose and debilitated.


The student:    - is trained to use different types of assistive devices and adaptive equipments.

- will be able to recognize medical emergencies and any change of conditions.
- will be able to learn the use of braces and application of Splints.
- will be able to work with other disciplines such as Nursing, Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT), and Speech Therapist (ST).

Upon completion of lectures, discussions and assigned reading the student will achieve the following objectives and also upon completion of the program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to take the written and practical examination required by the State of California Department of Health and Services.

1.  Identify qualities, such as being patient, respectful, etc., required for a nurse assistant to work in a long term - care facility.
2.  Describe areas of responsibility and give examples of each.
3.  Provide a safe environment; meet the patients’ physical needs through activities such as feeding, bathing, dressing and toileting.
4.  Meet the psycho-social needs of the long-term resident with normal function and cognitive challenges.
5.  Identify ways to prevent or control the spread of infection.
6.  Identify resident rights and appropriate procedures for abuse prevention and reporting.
7.  And lastly, upon completion of the program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion.