Pre-Nursing (CNA) (NLPS)

Course Overview

Pre-nursing  is an extended laboratory experience at a clinical site designed to provide students the opportunity to assume the role of nurse assisting and practice technical skills previously learned in the classroom, including information on the health care system, employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels, an overview of the health care delivery systems, health care teams, and legal and ethical considerations. It prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies under the direction of licensed nurses. These skills include recording patient medical histories and symptoms, consulting other healthcare providers, operating and monitoring medical equipment, performing diagnostic tests, teaching patients and families how to manage illness or injury, and performing general health screenings. This program also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make the transition from school to work in the field of nurse assisting, including self-analysis to aid in career selection, job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a postsecondary program. HOSA, the Health Science student organization, encourages development of leadership, communication, community service, and health care related skills.  Students completing this program continue their education in 2 or 4-year postsecondary degree programs, obtain employment in the healthcare industry, or use the CNA license to work while continuing their education. 

Ivy Tech Dual College Credits Available

Course College Credits Prerequisite(s) Other
HLHS 100      
HLHS 101      
HLHS 102      
HLHS 104      
HLHS 107 CNA Preparation 5 ISDH Regulations Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credit
HLHS 113 Dementia Care 3 None  






Industry Certifications

  • CNA (Indiana State Certified Nursing Assistant) - certification testing required
  • CPR Healthcare Provider Certification

DOE Course


Recommended  Grade Level

11, 12

Required  Prerequisite


High School Credits

  • 2 semester course
  • 2 semesters required
  • 3 credits per semester
  • maximum of 6 credits
    • 0810 Principles of Healthcare
    • 0811 Medical Terminology
    •  0812 CNA