Coordinator, Nursing Assistant Program

Teresa Morgan
NA Program

The Nurse Assisting certificate program prepares a student to become a member of the nursing team whose primary responsibility is to provide comfort to the patient. Under the supervision of a physician or licensed nurse, the Nursing Assistant works directly with the patient, giving physical care and emotional support. Some employers give additional consideration for employment and promotion to students who successfully pass the Nurse Aide certification examination. Some colleges give additional consideration to applicants into nursing programs to students who are certified as nurse aides.
The SC Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has evaluated and approved the Nurse Assisting training program of the College as an official sponsor of candidates for the nurse aide certification examination. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the exam which leads to certification as a nurse aide. Once certified, you may list CNA as a certification credential. You will be listed on the SC Nurse Aide Registry (SC NAR), and are eligible to provide direct care to residents of SC Medicaid certified nursing facilities. SCDHHS has contracted with Promissor®, to develop, score, and report the results of the NATIONAL NURSE AIDE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (NNAAP™) for the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.


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Charmaine Smith-Miles, a reporter for The Anderson Independent newspaper, recently wrote an article on one of Forrest College’s own instructors, Ms. Betty Campbell. Betty started taking nursing classes at the age of 17 at Spartanburg General Hospital’s School of Nursing. In the article, she says that, “I just always knew I wanted to be a nurse.” She has work experiences at Woodruff Hospital, Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, Blue Ridge Nursing Home in Easley, and eventually, in Anderson at National HealthCare Corp. In the late 80’s, Betty retired but she didn’t stay retired for long. She went back to work at a local nursing home, and then joined Forrest College. She currently serves as the program coordinator for the Nursing Assistant Program and has been with the College for 15 years. Betty says, “I don’t know of too much I don’t like about nursing. You can go home and feel like you’ve done some good in the world. This is a profession where you get to help take care of people.”

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