Acute Care Nurse Assistant

4.2 Credit Units

Prerequisite – Must be a Certified Nurse Assistant

After completing CNA 101, the student may take ACNA 103, which builds on the skills learned in long-term care. The focus is on the care of the patient in the acute care hospital setting. This course consists of theory and supervised clinical experience in an acute care facility.

This 90 hours (4.2 Credit Units) is designed to prepare students who are Certified Nurse Assistants for employment in an acute care facility as Acute Care Nurse Assistants. The competency-based curriculum provides a review of nursing assistant skills with emphasis placed on specialized acute care areas such as medical, surgical, orthopedic, pediatric, and obstetrical units.

This course includes both classroom instruction and clinical practice. At the completion of the course, students will demonstrate knowledge of skills required to assist the nurse in providing nursing care and service to the patient in an acute care setting. Basic academic, communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills are reinforced throughout the course.

NUR 123 Acute Care Nursing Level I

Prerequisites: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6; NUR 100, NUR 102, and NUR 115, minimum grade “C-” and NUR 103 with grade “P”

This course uses the nursing process to understand the care of adults and their families during health and illness. Principles of nursing care for adults experiencing and adapting to health deviations in the following areas are covered: cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, and hematologic. This course builds on knowledge gained in prerequisite courses and is the first of two medical-surgical nursing courses.
NUR 124 Acute Care Nursing I – Clinical Practice Level I Prerequisites: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6; NUR 123 minimum grade “C

This medical-surgical clinical experience builds on knowledge and basic skills from previous courses. The lab component covers advanced nursing skills associated with the acutely ill adult. In the clinical component, students gain increased competence in assessment skills and medication administration. Using the nursing process, students learn to care for one (1) patient with moderately complex medical-surgical needs in the acute care setting. Pre-clinical assessment time is required prior to and outside of the scheduled clinical hours.

Clinical Skills Training: (at assign facility)

Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses as secondary instructors lead the course. The instructors are approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, accepted by the California Department of Public Health and certified by the American Red Cross, and meet the State requirements.

The Classes:

SFTI’s ACNA Course is a four week, Monday thru Friday program. Students report to class for theory instruction at AM 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. These days will consist of lectures in the classroom. Students report to clinical at various times and sites at 6:30 AM to 3:00 pm. Clinical hours will vary depending on shift allocations. Students will be able to learn hands-on skills training.

ACNA Certification:

All students completing the accredited nursing program will be tested in theory and clinical skills. As mentioned above, after taking ACNA the student qualifies to take the ACNA competency exam.


The student must be in good health. Applicants are required to have passed a health examination. If, at any time (either before or after acceptance into the program), a student’s physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the well-being of patients, the applicant will be denied admission to, or subsequently withdrawn from the Program.

AFTER ACCEPTANCE AND BEFORE THE ACNA PRORGRAM students are required to submit: