This program provides essential core knowledge and practical skills that nurse aides need to care for patients in medical and/or health-care facilities Students acquire and understanding of common perception from medical terminology and abbreviations to legal and regulatory aspects of practice as a certified nurse aide. This is a 120-hour program which includes 40-hour clinical rotations (externship), through which students can acquire hands-on experience.



  Margaret Awahmukalah

Instructor, Nurse Aide


B.S. in Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

B.S. in Science Education, University of Sierra




Ms. Margaret Awahmukalah is an instructor/program director for the Nurse Aide program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Delaware and Bachelor of Science in Science Education from Sierra University, and currently pursuing Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix. Ms. Awahmukalah is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the field since 1996. She also completed the Train the Trainer program from Penn State University on 2000 and has been actively involved in education for Nurse Aide and LPN since then. She works as a Program Coordinator at Care Perfections Health Services, LLC and supervises our students for an externship program at Potomac Falls Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Nurse Aide Prospects

  • Demand for nursing assistants may be constrained by the fact that many nursing homes rely on government funding. Cuts to programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, may affect patients’ ability to pay for nursing home care. However, patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing the demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to increased opportunities for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.
  • Job prospects for nursing assistants who have completed a state-approved education program and passed their state’s competency exam should be good, particularly in home health care services and community-based care settings.
  • Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Program Facts

  • Program Length: 6 weeks – 9 weeks
  • Total Hours: 120 hours – 80 hours classroom instruction & 40 hours clinical rotation (externship)

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