Basic Nursing Assistant Course

Course Overview

Course participants learn basic nursing skills such as bathing, feeding, toileting, walking and moving a patient. The course is taught by Bryan College of Health Sciences faculty and approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure. Upon successful completion of the course the student is eligible to take the State Certification Exam. 

The course provides a minimum of 76 theory and clinical hours. This meets the state and federal requirements for nursing assistant training courses. The course is a non-credit course. Students taking the course will receive a certificate of completion.


Students are required to dress in a uniform and have a watch with a second hand for clinical days.

Background Checks

As part of the registration process for the Basic Nursing Assistant Course completion of the following documents is required:

  • Authorization and Disclosure Form for Criminal Background Check
  • Nebraska Health and Human Services Abuse Registry Form

If the background check indicates criminal/abuse behavior, the student may be dismissed from the course. Students may have the opportunity to present information to dispute the background check. For questions or concerns refer to the Criminal Background Check Policy in the Student Handbook or contact the Dean of Students at (402) 481-3804.


The first session of class is mandatory. Attendance at all classroom and clinical activities is expected and any and all absences must be made up. Excessive absences and/or tardiness may result in dismissal from the course.

Immunization Requirements

Health screening and immunization requirement must be provided upon registration. Failure to submit documentation prior to clinical experience will result in inability to complete the course. Acceptable documentation includes photocopies of medical records, immunization record or the College documentation form signed by your healthcare provider.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening (within 6 months of course start date)
  • Seasonal influenza vaccination per Bryan Health’s policy

Basic Requirements and Abilities as outlined by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have no convictions of a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Possess the ability to speak and understand the English language
  • Successfully complete a minimum 75 hours of training approved by the State of Nebraska
  • Successfully complete one hour of Nebraska specific abuse/neglect/misappropriation training
  • Successfully pass a State of Nebraska approved written/oral exam and clinical/skills competency exam