Certificate for Nursing Assistants

Programme Overview

The Certificate in Nursing Assistants was developed in collaboration with the Bermuda Nursing Council. It prepares participants with the prerequisites needed to become registered with the Bermuda Nursing Council as nursing assistants in the health care industry. Participants will cover topics such as: Vital signs; Medical terminology; Caring for Seniors and others in Need of Medical Care; Professional Regulations; Legal and Ethical Issues in the Health Care Industry. Those entering this programme must be proficient in English and mathematics. Potential students will be assessed.
Students will be prepared to work in health care agencies such as: long term care centres, hospitals, rehabilitation care facilities, hospices, clinics, adult day care centres, and community health.   Entry Requirements Students entering this programme must be proficient in English and mathematics. Potential students will be assessed. Those needing support in English and or math must successfully complete these requirements prior to enrolling in the programme.
CURRICULUM

First Semester

Fundamentals of Health Care Delivery CCW 810
This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the requirements and nature of working in a health care setting with professionals responsible for patient care. Topics covered include medical terminology, professional regulations, and other legal and ethical issues governing health care in Bermuda.  

Second Semester

Clinical Care Assistant   CCW 820
This course blends the practical and theoretical activities of nursing assisting; covering such topics as taking vital signs, CPR, Manual Handling etc. Pre-requisite CCW 810  

Clinical Practicum   CCW 821
The clinical provides practical, hands-on experiences in a diverse group of approved health care settings under the supervision of a certified nurse. This takes place one weekend each month followed by a one-week, full-time clinical near the end of the programme. Prerequisite CCW 810 & CCW 820

Those entering this programme must demonstrate proficiency in English and Math with proof of one of the following:

  • CPT Scores meeting the minimum requirement
  • College Level English and Math
  • An Associate‚Äôs Degree


Students will be required to submit the following prior to the programme commencing:

  • Current Immunisation Record
  • Hair Follicle Drug Screening (Bermuda Hospitals Board only)
  • American Heart Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED)
  • Police Vetting Report
  • Proof of valid Health Insurance


Take the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) at Bermuda College. Call 236-9000 ext 4207 to make an appointment. You must indicate that you are applying to the Certificate in Nursing Assisting Programme.

You can practice for the CPT by checking out this website: www.accuplacer.org. Register for classes in the Office of Student Enrolment and Records, and pay at the Business Office located on the second floor of the College Centre.