Start Your Nursing Assistant Career with Dawn Career Institute

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As demand for qualified nursing assistants continues to grow, it remains one of the most employed and essential health care careers today. When you receive your nursing assistant training from Dawn Career Institute, you will experience qualified instruction from a Registered Nurse, with the medical facilities, equipment and instruments you would find on your first day of work.

In addition, all DCI programs have valuable professional development skills built into the curriculum, including goal setting, resume writing, job search methods, successful interviewing techniques, customer relations, stress management and how to present a professional image.

What Does a Nursing Assistant Do?

Nursing assistants (NA) help patients with the tasks of everyday living. They play a crucial role for both the health care team and the patient. In cases requiring long-term care, many act as the principle caregiver, develop close personal bonds with the residents and have a positive, caring influence in their patients' lives.

In some cases, a nurse assistant will also act as a communicator between nurses, doctors and patients, recording and reporting any issues to the medical staff.

If you're thinking about a nursing assistant job, it is one that is necessary and rewarding.

You will be responsible for the following:

  • Taking medical histories and recording vital signs
  • Serving meals and helping patients eat
  • Cleaning and bathing patients
  • Helping patients dress
  • Assisting patients with toilet facilities
  • Turning and repositioning patients in bed
  • Recording patient feedback and concerns
  • Providing emotional support

Nursing Assistant*
Median salary of $26,590
13% expected growth rate in Delaware and 11% growth nationwide from 2016 to 2026

DCI Nursing Assistant Icon Most Nursing Assistants work in hospitals, skilled nursing or long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities or retirement communities.

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Job Growth
2016 to 2026


Median Salary  
Median Salary



Unlike other nursing positions, someone seeking a nursing assistant job doesn't have to have a bachelor's degree. However, it is necessary to seek formal training, like the training you can receive at Dawn Career Institute, that can prepare you for the certification exam.

In most cases, nurse assistants will also need to complete short, on-the-job training to learn about their employer's procedures and policies. If this is the case, the length of the program depends on where the person is hired. The classes provide the basics regarding the demands of the job and can help prepare you for the specific issues you may face at the facility.

Career Advancement Opportunities

With a Dawn Career Institute education, you'll have opportunities to apply for nursing assistant jobs to some of the most highly sought-after nursing employers in the state. Here are just a few of the companies who have hired our graduates:

  • Manor Care
  • Homewatch Healthcare Givers
  • Bayada
  • Churchmans's Village
  • Kentmere Rehab and Healthcare Center
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Program Details

Program length: 6 weeks

Program offered: Daytime

Clock Hours: 184

Graduates earn a Certificate

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Dawn Career Institute has provided GUAVA Care, Senior Home and Healthcare Services, Inc. with top candidates that excel in the tasks presented to them. GUAVA turns to Dawn Career Institute.

~Dr. Schreiber

Start Your Nursing Assistant Journey at Dawn Career Institute!

You may have the opportunity to become a mentor, supervisor or trainer as time passes. While you will have to seek additional training and education to become a registered nurse, having a nursing assistant background will help you move forward, if that's what you choose to do.

If you have considered a career in the health care industry, a great way to get started is by becoming a nursing assistant. The fact is, the demand for the career path is continuing to go up and with training from Dawn Career Institute, you can be prepared. You can further develop your professional skills by meeting with the Career Services Department! We have full-time Career Services staff on campus who are available to our students and graduates in person, by phone or email to support them in the pursuit of career opportunities.

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