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NECC to Offer New Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Training Program

Submitted by on December 12, 2016 – 6:25 pm
NECC will offer a new nurse assistant/home health aide program in beginning in February 2017.

NECC will offer a new nurse assistant/home health aide program in beginning in February 2017.

Northern Essex Community College will hold two information sessions for a new five-week, non-credit nursing assistant program that begins in February at NECC Riverwalk in Lawrence.

The first info session will be held Wednesday, January 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. for the February 27-March 31 nurse assistant training program. Another information session will be held on Wednesday, February 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. Both information sessions will be held at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence. A second training program will be held April 24 through May 26.

The Department of Public Health recently approved a 125-hour program that introduces fundamental nursing assistant skills and information. It prepares participants to take the Massachusetts state examination to become licensed as a certified nursing assistant and be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry. Participants who successfully complete the program will also receive a home health aide certificate.

The program focuses on communication, safety and infection control procedures, and basic personal care skills for patients/residents in sub-acute, long-term care and in an individual’s home. Other topics include vital signs, documentation, and legal and regulatory practices. This full-time, program will be offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes classroom instruction, skills practice and clinical experience at a local, long-term care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse.

This is an opportunity to enter the in-demand, direct-care field and can also serve as a gateway to other health care professions.

The program fee $1,279 plus $86 fee for books and materials. For more information email Nancy Tariot at or