Enhanced Nurse Aide FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Please note: Dorsey Schools is not accepting students into the Enhanced Nurse Aide program at this time.
What a Nurse Aide Does
What type of work does a Nurse Aide do?
Nurse Aides perform a variety of duties including (but not limited to) turning or repositioning patients, provide support and assistance to patients in performing daily activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, using the toilet, walking, and standing, recording patient vital signs, change bed linens and make beds, and assist nurses and physicians.
Where do Nurse Aides work?
Nurse Aides traditionally work in nursing care facilities, residential care facilities, home health care services, and community care facilities.
Will I be able to find a job?
It’s important to note that no school can guarantee employment. Here at Dorsey Schools, we offer career services assistance to all eligible graduates of the Enhanced Nurse Aide program. You can learn more about the assistance our Career Services team offers by visiting our Career Services for Students and Graduates page.
How much can I expect to make as a Nurse Aide?
Here are some helpful websites that will allow you to view information on Wages & Employment trends:
- Michigan Occupational Wage Information (The SOC for Nursing Assistants is 31-1014)
- O*NET Online (Scroll down to Wages & Employment Trends to view helpful info on National/State trends)
Are there other jobs I may be able to obtain as a Nurse Aide?
Nurse Aides may work under other occupational titles such as Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medication Aide, Geriatric Nursing Assistant, Nurse’s Aide, Nursing Assistant, and Nursing Aide. Some of these positions will require a Nurse Aide to obtain certification with the State of Michigan in order to obtain employment in these specific positions. When looking at any position, it’s important to evaluate the duties of the position along with the required skills and knowledge to determine if a candidate may meet the requirements set forth by the employer.
How is a Nurse Aide different from other healthcare professionals?
Nurse Aides typically work in nursing homes or other residential or nursing care facilities or with home health services. Nurse Aides typically work with the elderly, end of life patients, or others who may require home health care. Nurse Aides perform activities such as bathing, spoon-feeding, and toileting patients, providing patients with oral care, transporting patients from one room to the next, and more.
Are there other career opportunities for Nurse Aides?
Some may choose to use a career as a Nurse Aide as an entryway into the healthcare field. It would not be uncommon for a Nurse Aide to work in the field to gain experience and later go back to school to further their education and/or strengthen their credentials.
Becoming a Nurse Aide
How might I determine if this is a good career choice for me?
In choosing any career, it’s important that someone look at a variety of factors, some of which include:
- Can I see myself doing the work that this position/occupation performs and am I going to be happy performing those tasks in that type of work setting?
- Do I have the skills/traits/characteristics that one may need to be successful in a position like this?
- How is the employment outlook/trends for this position?
I have no medical background/experience in healthcare – can I really do this?
You can! Many Nurse Aides have little to no Medical/Healthcare experience prior to beginning their training. That’s why it’s very important for someone interested in becoming a Nurse Aide to evaluate their school and training options closely.
What type of training is needed?
Nurse Aides typically attend and complete a state-approved training program where they will have the opportunity to learn basic principles associated with providing patient care along with a supervised clinical component. Many of these programs take less than one year to complete and are designed to prepare students to challenge a state certification exam upon successful completion of their training. It’s also important to note that since Nurse Aides work very closely and provide direct patient care in the actual occupational setting, it can be advantageous to a student to choose a program that has a strong hands-on component so they can “learn by doing.”
How long do I have to go to school?
Many Nurse Aide programs can be completed in a year or less. In choosing a program, it’s important for someone to evaluate the training that is included so they can ensure they are receiving the training they need (and want) prior to entering the healthcare field as a Nurse Aide.
What are important characteristics for Nurse Aides to have?
While this isn’t a full list of important characteristics, Nurse Aides should have good communication skills, compassion, patience, and physical stamina. If you’re lacking in one or more of these areas, it doesn’t necessarily mean you wouldn’t be a good Nurse Aide, and it may be an area you wish to focus on as part of your training.
Is Certification/Licensure required to obtain employment as a Nurse Aide?
For candidates who successfully pass the knowledge portion and the clinical skills portion of the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, they will be allowed placement on the Michigan Nurse Aide Registry, which is necessary for employment in the field. In order to assist our graduates, Dorsey Schools will pay the cost one time for graduates this program to challenge a certification exam as selected by Dorsey Schools, contingent upon the graduate meeting Dorsey Schools exam preparation requirements.
The Dorsey Schools Enhanced Nurse Aide Program
What will be covered in the program?
The Dorsey Schools Enhanced Nurse Aide program offers instruction in both a traditional classroom setting as well as a hands-on environment by way of the labs at Dorsey Schools in addition to a clinical nursing assignment that will take place in a nursing care facility during the PC114 course. The program provides comprehensive training in high-demand specialty skills valuable to the nurse aide professional, including CPR and basic first aid skills. Students enrolled in the Enhanced Nurse Aide program will be exposed to a variety of topics including (but not limited to):
- Taking and recording a health history, vital signs, and physical measurements
- Home Health Care
- Care for Patients with Special Needs such as those who may be mentally ill, may be disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired
- Infection Control
- Computer Applications for Allied Health Professionals
- First Aid and CPR
- Hospice Care, Palliative Care and End of Life Issues
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Gaining understanding and sensitivity towards specific cultures and beliefs while caring for patients during end of life care
- Interpersonal Skills and Business Communication
- And more…!
Is your program hands-on?
Yes! Students will have opportunities to practice the skills they are learning in both the labs on campus at Dorsey Schools as well as during their clinical assignment.
What’s the clinical assignment and why is that important?
The unpaid, 16-hour clinical assignment will take place during the PC114 course and will provide students with an opportunity to apply skills they have learned throughout their training in a long-term care facility. Please note: the daily class schedule and/or campus location may vary for the PC114 course.
How long is the program?
The Dorsey Schools Enhanced Nurse Aide program is designed to be completed in less than eight months.
Who are the instructors?
Our instructors are caring individuals that possess experience and expertise in their respective field. Our instructors meet the criteria set forth by the State of Michigan as well as the criteria set forth by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (Dorsey Schools’ institutional accrediting body).
Why should I choose Dorsey over another school?
Students choose Dorsey Schools over other Career Training Schools for a variety of reasons. You can learn more by visiting The Dorsey Difference page.
Which Dorsey campuses offer the Enhanced Nurse Aide program?
At this time, Dorsey Schools is not admitting new students for the Enhanced Nurse Aide program.
Does your program include certification?
While actual certification is not included in the curriculum of the Dorsey Schools Enhanced Nurse Aide program, graduates may go on to challenge both the knowledge portion and the clinical skills portion of the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, which (once passed) allows placement on the Michigan Nurse Aide Registry, which is necessary for employment in the field.
Will your program prepare me for certification?
The Dorsey Schools Enhanced Nurse Aide program is designed to prepare students to go on to challenge both the knowledge portion and the clinical skills portion of the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.
Is your school accredited?
Yes! Dorsey Schools is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
What is the tuition for the program?
The current tuition for the Dorsey Schools Enhanced Nurse Aide program (formerly known as the Clinical Nurse Aide program) can be accessed by clicking here.
What is included in my tuition?
In addition to program instruction, tuition includes books, a set of scrubs, drug testing and background check fee for clinical assignment, and Dorsey Schools will pay the cost one time for graduates of this program to challenge a certification exam as selected by Dorsey Schools, contingent upon the graduate meeting Dorsey Schools exam preparation requirements.
Is Financial Aid available?
Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. For additional information on Financial Aid and Tuition Assistance, we would encourage you to visit our Financial Aid Information page.
Can you help me find a job after graduation?
Dorsey Schools offers Career Services assistance to all eligible graduates, however, job placement is not guaranteed. You can learn more about the assistance our Career Services team offers by visiting our Career Services for Students and Graduates page.
For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Nurse Aides, info pertaining to Jobs as a Nurse Aide, the work Nurse Aides do, etc.:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited July 11, 2016).
Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014) and Orderlies (SOC Code: 31-1015), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).
Michigan Occupational Wage Information: http://milmi.org/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=124
O*Net Online: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-1014.00
Dorsey Schools Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Enhanced Nurse Aide program (formerly known as the Clinical Nurse Aide program): For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.