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Nursing Certificates


We offer a number of certificates through the Nursing Certificate Programs. Some provide entry-level credentials. Others are aimed at helping Nurses expand their credentials.

Prospective students interested in taking Nursing Certificate (NURC) Courses at Columbus State should follow the Get Started Guide to become a Columbus State Student. Standards Essential for Nursing Students are required in order to be considered for admission into a nursing certificate program.

For a complete list of Nursing Certificate (NURC) courses click HERE

Nurse Aide Training Program Certificate (NURC 1001)

This one-class certificate (NURC 1001) qualifies students to be eligible to take the state test for nurse aides. Students must successfully state test to meet admission requirements for the nursing programs. More information

Patient Care Assistant: Acute Care Focus (NURC 1003)

A student completing this course will be able to:

  • Define the role and responsibilities of a patient care assistant (PCA) in an acute and/or a skilled care setting
  • Communicate effectively in the health care setting
  • Demonstrate the principles of medical and surgical asepsis
  • Demonstrate the principles of safe patient care in an acute care setting
  • Demonstrate basic care skills necessary for diverse populations in specialized areas

Patient Care Skills Certificate (NURC 1102)


A student completing the Patient Care Skills Certificate will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate in the health care setting.
  • State and demonstrate principles of medical asepsis and standard precautions.
  • State and demonstrate the principles of surgical asepsis.
  • Identify and demonstrate the principles of safe resident care in an acute care setting.
  • Discuss and demonstrate correct basic nursing skills commonly performed in the acute care setting.

Catalog description and plan of study

Complementary Care Certificate (Selected combination of NURC 1170, 1171, 1172 or PNUR 1201)

A student completing the Complementary Care Certificate will be able to:

  • Define terms associated with complementary care practices.
  • Identify the different types of complementary care practices.
  • Discuss the use of complementary care methods for health maintenance.
  • Discuss the role of research in the evaluation of complementary care.

Catalog description and plan of study

Train the Trainer Certificate (NURC 1250)

A student completing the Train the Trainer Certificate will be able to:

  • Teach, coordinate, and supervise a Nurse Aide Training Program.
  • Meet the requirements established by the Ohio Department of Health.

Catalog description and plan of study

Train the Trainer Flyer

Train the Trainer Enrollment Form

Registered Nurse First Assistant (NURC 1901, 1902)

A nurse completing this course will be able to:

  • Act effectively and safely as a first assistant in surgery
  • Meet eligibility requirements to take the RNFA certificate examination

(NURC 245, 246)