Minimum Federal Curriculum Requirements for Nursing Assistant Curriculum

(Rev. 1, 05-21-04)  The objective of NATCEPs is to enable nurse aides to provide quality services to residents. Therefore, a NATCEP must contain at least these minimum curriculum requirements for it to be approved. The State may also specify additional areas to be included.


Minnesota requires

·         16 hours of supervised training before resident contact in a lab setting under the guidance of a qualified RN instructor.

·         At least 16 clock hours of clinical in a licensed nursing home under the guidance of a qualified RN instructor.


Within the minimum 75 hours of training …   A program must also include at least 16 hours of classroom instruction prior to a trainee’s direct involvement with a resident. This instruction must include the following:

NATCEP Requirements

Requirements found in HCCC

·      Communication and interpersonal skills;

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•   Infection control;

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•   Safety/emergency procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver;

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•   Promoting residents’ independence; and

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•   Respecting residents’ rights.

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The curriculum must also include training in the following areas:

1.  Basic nursing skills:

a.  Taking and recording vital signs;

b.  Measuring and recording height and weight;

c.  Caring for the residents’ environment;

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d. Recognizing abnormal changes in body functioning and the importance of reporting such changes to a supervisor. Some examples of abnormal changes are:

•       Shortness of breath;

•       Rapid respiration;

•       Fever;

•       Coughs;

•       Chills;

•       Pains in chest;

•       Blue color to lips;

•       Pain in abdomen;

•       Nausea;

•       Vomiting;

•       Drowsiness;

•       Excessive thirst;

•       Sweating;

•       Pus;

•       Blood or sediment in urine;

•       Difficulty urinating;

•      Frequent urination in small    amounts;

•       Pain or burning on urination; and

•      Urine has` dark color or strong odor.

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e.    Caring for residents when death is imminent.





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2.  Personal care skills:

a.  Bathing;

b.  Grooming, including mouth care;

c.  Dressing;

d.  Toileting;

e.  Assisting with eating and hydration;

f.   Proper feeding techniques;

g.  Skin-care; and

h.  Transfers, positioning, and turning.

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3.  Mental health and social service needs:

a.   Modifying aide’s behavior in response to resident’s behavior;

b.   Awareness of developmental tasks associated with the aging process;

c.   How to respond to resident behavior;

d.   Allowing residents to make personal choices, providing and reinforcing other behavior consistent with the resident’s dignity; and

e.   Utilizing resident’s family as a source of emotional support.


4.  Care of cognitively impaired residents:

a.   Techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of individuals with dementia (Alzheimer’s and others);

b.   Communicating with cognitively impaired residents;

c.   Understanding the behavior of cognitively impaired residents;

d.   Appropriate responses to the behavior of cognitively impaired residents; and

e.   Methods of reducing the effects of cognitive impairments.


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5.   Basic Restorative Services - The nurse aide should be able to demonstrate skills which incorporate principles of restorative nursing, including:

a.   Training the resident in self-care according to the resident’s abilities;

b.   The use of assistive devices in transferring, ambulation, eating, and dressing;

c.   Maintenance of range of motion;

d.   Proper turning and positioning both in bed and chair;

e.   Bowel and bladder training; and

f.    Care and use of prosthetic and orthotic devices.

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6.  Residents’ Rights - The nurse aide should be able to demonstrate behavior that maintains residents’ rights, including but not limited to:

a.  Providing privacy and maintenance of confidentiality;

b.  Promoting the resident’s right to make personal choices to accommodate their needs;

c.  Giving assistance in resolving grievances and disputes;

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d. Providing needed assistance in getting to and participating in resident and family groups and other activities;

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e.  Maintaining care and security of resident’s personal possessions;

f.  Providing care which maintains the resident free from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect, and reporting any instances of such treatment to appropriate facility staff; and

g.  Avoiding the need for restraints in accordance with current professional standards.

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