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Nursing Assistant at a Glance

image of a nursing assistant working with other medical professionals
Note: Nursing Assistant is a continuing education/non-credit programs.

What does a nursing assistant do?

  • Provides basic patient care under direction of nursing staff
  • Performs duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom or move patients, change linens, or transfer or transport patients
  • Documents or otherwise reports observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.

What is the career outlook?

  • Most nursing assistants work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities and under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • Generally receives training on-site and on the job and involves direct patient care
  • In Texas: median salaries of $10.75 per hour or $22,400 annually*
  • Dallas County: median salaries $11.69 per hour or $24,300 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

Awards and coursework
Cedar Valley
El Centro
Mountain View
Certified Nurses Aide/Assistant

Who can help me decide which health science career is best for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

*America's Career Infonet 2012 data for Nursing Assistant