SFSC is offering a non-credit nursing assistant program at its Hardee Campus in Bowling Green, beginning Monday, May 7.

This program consists of two separate courses for a total of 165 hours: a 90-hour Introduction to Healthcare course (CRN 30791) that begins on Monday, May 7, and a 75-hour Nursing Assistant course (CRN 30775) that begins Tuesday, June 12. Students will need to meet the entry requirement of a four-hour American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course before entering the nursing assistant course.

“Nursing assistants touch people’s lives in meaningful ways every day,” said Mary von Merveldt, director of nursing education at SFSC. “They provide essential care that supports the nursing team and best outcomes for patients which is vital to the health of our community.”

Nursing assistants can be employed in a variety of health care settings, such as outpatient clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. A nursing assistant works under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse and may assist with personal care; patient mobility; activities associated with nutrition and hydration; maintaining safe patient environments; and collecting basic patient data. It is an entry-level nursing option that may assist students in career exploration or future academic endeavors.

The nursing assistant program at SFSC will also provide the information and skills practice necessary to build knowledge and attain confidence that will help students be successful in taking the Florida Nursing Assistant Certification examination, if they so choose.

To register for these courses, visit the Welcome Center at the SFSC Highlands Campus in Avon Park, the Hardee Campus in Bowling Green, the DeSoto Campus in Arcadia, or the Lake Placid Center, or call the Welcome Center at 863-784-7405 or the Hardee Campus at 863-784-7060. For more information about the nursing assistant program, contact Teresa Crawford, director, SFSC Hardee Campus, at 863-784-7061 or Teresa.Crawford@southflorida.edu.