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One or two years, 3 hours per day

Course Information:

This program prepares students for an entry-level nursing assistant position in healthcare facilities and also provides an exploration of the various careers in the healthcare industry. Students will provide nursing assistant services to patients in a long-term care facility as part of their clinical training. Students will gain leadership skills developed through HOSA participation and clinical experience. Students may earn the CNA Certification at the end of the year by passing the state board exam and clinical rotation.

NOTE: Social Security Number is required for background check.

Dual Credit Offered*: (Learn more about Dual Credit, including Enrollment information.)


Ivy Tech (up to 11 credits)

 HLHS 101 Medical Terminology (3 credits)*

 HLHS 113 Dementia Care (3 credits)

• HLHS 107 CNA Preparation (5 credits)  

*Must enroll and meet Ivy Tech program-ready requirements.

Courses are subject to change. See instructor for most updated list.


Certifications Available: (Learn more about Certifications)

*ISDH Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 

*AHA BLS CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers (recognized but not a graduation qualifier)

*see Graduation Pathways Eligible Industry Certifications

Job Opportunities:

• Hospitals • Nursing homes • Home Health and Assisted Living Facilities

Some nursing schools now require a CNA certification to be considered as a potential student.

Get Involved:

Join our Career-Technical Student Organization - HOSA: Future Health Professionals!

Learn leadership skills, compete in events, earn scholarships, and much more! 


$$$ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook on the Internet at

Check out the IN CTE Career Guide​​​ and see the in-demand occupations in Indiana!

Related Courses at JEL:

 • EMT  Medical Assisting Veterinary Assisting Dental Careers 

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Beth Downs

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Before I earned my AAS degrees in medical assisting and practical nursing, I was a manager at Starbucks. After finishing nursing school, I worked in long term care before I started teaching Health Careers at JEL and I absolutely love being in the classroom! When I’m not molding future healthcare professionals’ minds, you will find me on the sidelines cheering on my son and daughter at their sporting events and spending time with friends and family. As a Health Careers instructor, I am committed to help and guide my students to choose a career pathway in the healthcare field. I am dedicated to each of my students and strive to make their time in my class productive and successful. I believe in the principles set forth by Florence Nightingale, "Success comes from never taking or giving an excuse."

I attended Ivy Tech Community College for Nursing. I have worked at hospitals, long term care, home care and as a school nurse. My love for education has been with me from the beginning. When working with students, I love to see them attain a new skill or conquer the difficulty of a subject. In my personal life, I have three children, a husband and a dog, named Oscar.

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Tami Way

 317.259.5269 ext. 44082

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