The Nursing Assistant program prepares an individual for employment as a nursing assistant in a health care facility or home health agency. This technical certificate program is offered in the fall, spring, and summer. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to provide basic personal and nursing care.
Students receive classroom and lab instruction as well as supervised clinical experience in a nursing home. Additionally, we offer several online and
Interactive Television (ITV) options to help you balance work, family, and school and still reach your career and academic goals.
These courses are not eligible for financial aid.
This program is designed to present basic concepts in IV therapy. Topics will include current infusion standards, guidelines and regulatory issues, blood draws for specimens, venipuncture, common types of intravenous solutions and medications, care of venous access devices, and the prevention and management of IV related complications. Participants will have the opportunity to practice skills presented with current IV equipment following the presentations.
If you are currently a student at Southwest Tech, register for this course by logging into
If you are not a Southwest Tech student, register for this course by following the steps to
take a class.
Interactive Television (ITV) course focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Register for this course by logging into
Body Structure and Function
Online Learning course teaches the principles of body functions and the relationship between structure and function, with emphasis on the application of these principles as they relate to the human body.
Register for this course by logging into
Pharmacology Principles for In-Home Care
Students examine general principles of medications and how they work within the human body, basic math principles as they relate to medications, commonly prescribed medications, usual dosages, plus common side effects and administration of in-home medications, including oral and injectable. Documentation of medication administration will be discussed.
Gerontology Issues for Home Care
Students examine the challenges faced by individuals and society as human longevity increases. Students explore the issues of concern to older adults: ageism, physical and mental health, finances, relationships, living situations, and long-term and end-of-life care. Students examine their attitudes and beliefs about working with elders. Students identify service providers for older adults.
Disability Studies in Community Settings
Students examine disability as a "social construct" created by the non-disabled community. Students analyze the barriers that prevent many people with disabilities from full participation in society. Students identify the causes and characteristics of various disabling conditions. Students reflect on their attitudes and beliefs about working with people with disabilities. Students investigate resources for people with disabilities as well as strategies for increasing inclusion.
Birth Doula Labor Support Workshop
Course participants will develop basic emotional, physical, and informational skills in order to increase their effectiveness as a labor support person. The course will cover basic childbirth education information, the responsibilities of the birth doula, emotional support skills and physical comfort measures, getting along with physicians and nurses, topics to cover during prenatal visits, handling challenging labors, and strategies for developing a business.
Phlebotomy is a wonderful way to put a healthcare career on the fast track. In
just forty hours, you can earn a certificate that prepares you for a career as a Phlebotomist or can bridge you to many other medical positions. Phlebotomists:
Are competent and professional which is the critical, first step to aid a physician in diagnosing a patient and choosing the best treatment
Often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory
Have a compassionate personality and professional attitude
Employment Opportunities (not limited to)
Blood Donation Centers
County Health Departments
In this 40-hour skill-focused course, the learner will explore the role of the phlebotomist and practice phlebotomy techniques to gain proficiency and a better understanding of phlebotomy in the laboratory and healthcare setting