High School Nursing Assistant Programs
Prepare your high schooler for the future with a nursing assistant program.
Today's students must begin thinking about their career aspirations in high school. Help your student plot a course for career readiness with a nursing assistant education at a tuition-free* online Destinations Career Academy powered by K12.
Destinations combines traditional high school academics with career-focused electives, and many Destinations schools offer a pathway in certified nursing assisting.**
What do nursing assistants do?
Nursing assistants help provide basic care for patients in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. Duties can include:
- Gathering supplies for the RN or doctor
- Obtaining patient vital signs
- Answering patient calls/bells
- Bathing patients
- Documenting information
- Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
- Combing hair, shaving, caring for nails, and brushing teeth
- Turning or repositioning patients
- Cleaning rooms and bed linens
- Stocking supplies
- Helping with medical procedures
- Dressing wounds
What courses are included in the nursing assistant education curriculum?
In addition to traditional high school academic courses, students in the nursing assistant program take:
- Healthcare Explorations (project based learning)
- Health Science II
- Introduction to Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
- Nursing Assistant 1, 2, and 3
Check out a sample lesson.
Which certification exams will my student prepare for?
Career-focused electives in the nursing assistant program help students prepare for two certification exams.† Successful completion of certifications can put them ahead of the competition and qualify them to start earning money right after high school.
- The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Exam
- The American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC) Exam
What's the outlook for students who complete nursing assistant programs?‡
Some of the fastest growing careers are in the health care field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in nursing assisting are expected to grow by 9 percent between now and 2028.
Connect Your Student with Opportunity
Destinations students can access Tallo—a web-based networking platform that allows students to connect with employers and colleges across the country. With Tallo, students create a profile that showcases their skills, experience, and interests—allowing colleges and companies to easily find them. Students can also use Tallo's built-in scholarship app to search and apply for college scholarships.
Want to learn more about a high school nursing assistant program?
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*Families do not pay tuition for a student to attend an online public school. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
**Career fields and pathways vary by school. Check with your school for its current offerings.
†Students who attend a Destination Career Academy for at least two years will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be prepared for certification testing.
‡Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019. This job may require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.