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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Nursing Assisting (4258)

Formerly Nursing Assisting (4158) or (4058)
Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.

September 2007 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: measure basic vital signs, I and O, height and weight; provide a safe and/or clean environment; identify signs and symptoms of diseases and conditions; identify body structure and function; assist with basic emergency procedures, admissions, discharges, and transfers; prepare patient and supplies for medical procedures and tests; identify various types of medical equipment for procedures; explain body mechanics; perform appropriate patient positioning and body alignment; discuss nutrition and hydration; perform and assist with patient transfers; provide instructions for and assist in collection of patient specimens; assist with patient oxygen needs; discuss  pain management including comfort measures; care for patients when death is imminent; discuss appropriate postmortem care; outline basic principles of infection control (e.g., standard and transmission precautions); properly identify, handle, and dispose of hazardous/infectious material; use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); use proper handwashing techniques; identify principles and components of a sterile environment or field; use appropriate and effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills; utilize proper communication techniques within the healthcare team; demonstrate appropriate telephone techniques; maintain patient care according to documented plan of care (POC); document, report, and maintain accurate patient information; communicate with special needs patients; recognize and identify medical terminology and abbreviations; assist/perform patient skills, including: bathing, grooming skills; oral hygiene, dressing skills, toileting/elimination needs, and feeding techniques; assess and assist with patient skin care; perform various bed making techniques; recognize and report changes in altered patient mental status; identify appropriate nurse assistant response to patient's inappropriate behavior; identify age-appropriate developmental tasks; follow established Plan of Care (POC) for behavior management; uilize  patients' family and friends as sources of emotional support for the patient; identify the affects of age, illness, and disability on life experiences; demonstrate cultural sensitivity; explain and utilize HIPAA regulations regarding privacy and confidentiality; report patient grievance issues; assist patient participation in group activities and personal independence as appropriate; provide security and proper care for patient's personal possessions; recognize and report signs and symptoms of patient abuse, mistreatment, or neglect; recognize legal issues involving physical and chemical restraints; explain Patient's Bill of Rights; assist patients with ambulating aids (e.g., canes, walkers, braces, crutches, wheelchair, gait belt); assist and perform patient transfer using mechanical lifts; assist patients with assistive devices used with activities of daily living (ADLs); perform appropriate range of motion (ROM) exercises; assist with prosthetic devices; maintain OBRA requirements for Nursing Assisting certification; identify appropriate scope of practice for nursing assistants; identify work requirements in the health care industry; and recognize appropriate professional hygiene and appearance for health care workers. Performance Component: Obtain and Record Standard Vital Signs (18%), Apply and Remove Personal Protective Equipment (14%), Demonstrate Wheelchair Assistance (14%), Make an Occupied Bed (20%), and Provide a Modified Bed Bath for an Adult Female Patient (34%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Nursing Assisting (5/12) (5/17 revalidation) (12/21 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.