Explore a career in health care by enrolling in Inver's Health Care Core Curriculum
Health Care Core Curriculum

The health care core curriculum (HCCC) is intended for students who are interested in the health care field or for students pursuing a health care career.

Health Care Core Curriculum

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If you are interested in health care as a career pursuit, the Health Care Core Curriculum (HCCC) is an excellent place to start. The core instructive courses provide an overall introduction to health care. You can earn a 6-credit Nursing Assistant-Registered certificate. Nursing assistants provides support services for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Certificate topics include:

  • Behaviors of Success in Health Care Settings
  • Communication in Healthcare Settings
  • Awareness and Sensitivity to Client Needs
  • Respecting Client and Staff Diversity
  • Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions
  • Legal Issues in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Ethics


Nursing Assistant-Registered Certificate – 5 credits

The Nursing Assistant-Registered certificate gives you the training you need for basic entry into health care as a nursing assistant. You have the option of completing NURS 1001, a single course (5–6 credits) offered over approximately 10 to 12 weeks, or the Health Care Core Curriculum (HCCC), a sequence of short courses that total 6 credits meeting over 14 weeks.

Both options conclude with 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. You are prepared to take the state registry exam for certification when you complete these course options. Both options meet the nursing assistant (NA) requirement for admission to the Inver Hills Nursing program.

Nursing Assistant Curriculum (5–6 credits)

NURS 1001: Nursing Assistant, 5 credits


Course Number Title Credits
*Prereq: HCCC 1010, HCCC 1020, HCCC 1030, HCCC 1040, HCCC 1050, HCCC 1060, HCCC 1070.
HCCC 1010 Behaviors for Success in Health Care Settings .5cr
HCCC 1020 Communication in Healthcare Settings 1 cr
HCCC 1030 Awareness and Sensitivity to Client Needs .5cr
HCCC 1040 Respecting Client and Staff Diversity .5cr
HCCC 1050 Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions .5cr
HCCC 1060 Legal Issues in Healthcare .5cr
HCCC 1070 Healthcare Ethics .5cr
HCCC 1080 Nursing Assistant Skill Set* 2 cr
Course Descriptions

HCCC 1010  Behaviors For Success In Health Care Settings   0.5 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1010

Focuses on the requirements needed by health care workers to effectively work in a variety of health care settings. This includes types of health care facilities and systems, applying for employment, accountability and responsibility, standards of dress, workplace behavior, approaches needed to assist clients, expectations of teams and team members, common healthcare facility policies and requirements and medical abbreviations. Also included is discussion about how healthcare workers can impact the quality of health care and balance their work and personal life to maintain personal wellness.

HCCC 1020  Communication in Healthcare Settings   1.0 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1020

Emphasizes the importance of effective communication between and among healthcare workers and their clients. Included are verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, interpersonal communication, team communication, documentation and reporting, and the use of electronic communication devices in health care facilities. Focus in on the development of effective communication skills to support quality client care.

HCCC 1030  Awareness and Sensitivity to Client Needs   0.5 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1030

Presents challenges and issues related to the awareness and sensitivity needed to understand the healthcare needs of clients. Included is the impact disease has on individuals, the emotional, spiritual and social needs of clients as well as the type of care needed by different age groups. Also included is the process of death and dying and how that affects clients and their families.

HCCC 1040  Respecting Client and Staff Diversity   0.5 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1040

Provides a framework for dealing with diverse clients and staff. Included are belief systems, cultural practices, and respect and sensitivity to cultural and gender issues. Awareness and use of effective strategies to appropriately deal with client and staff diversity are emphasized.

HCCC 1050  Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions   0.5 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1050

Focuses on the rules and standards related to regulatory policies required of healthcare facilities as well as personal safety standards and requirements to work in healthcare settings. Included are the principles and standards of infection control, Standard Precautions, healthcare facility safety policies, strategies to ensure personal and client safety, and procedures to respond to emergencies.

HCCC 1060  Legal Issues In Healthcare   0.5 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1060

Focuses on the legal issues related to clients and healthcare workers. Such areas as healthcare laws, client rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, liability, documentation, and regulation are explored. The relationship between ethics and legal issues is discussed as well as the impact that law and regulation have on healthcare systems.

HCCC 1070  Healthcare Ethics   0.5 cr

Course Outline for HCCC 1070

Emphasizes the use of sound ethical practices in healthcare. Included are ethical practices and standards as they relate to the care of clients and interactions with peers, colleagues, and team members. Ethical frameworks are provided for discussion on understanding the types of ethical challenges in healthcare and the difficult decisions that need to be made.

Clubs & Organizations

Student Clubs

Student Nurse Leadership Organization (SNLO)

Purpose: Promote professional and personal growth for nursing students through social, educational and recreational activities.

Professional Organizations

Visit Nurse.org for a full list of nursing organizations

Employment Information

Opportunities in health care

Nursing assistants work directly with patients of all ages in a range of health care settings, including:

  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Community-based care locations
  • Correctional institutions
  • Long-term care facilities

Nursing assistants help patients perform basic daily tasks under a nurse’s supervision. Nursing assistants provide an essential, personalized service to their patients while keeping nurses current on each patient’s vital information.

Nursing assistant task list

  • Dressing
  • Bathing and skin care
  • Feeding
  • Mouth and hair care
  • Making beds
  • Toileting assistance and catheter care
  • Bowel and bladder care
  • Taking vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc)
  • Helping patients walk
  • Assisting with range-of-motion exercises
  • Helping wheelchair-bound patients using safe patient handling devices
  • Turning and positioning bedridden patients regularly
  • Reporting all changes to the nurse
  • Safety awareness
  • Observing, reporting and documentation
  • Post-mortem care

Potential careers

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with completing the Health Care Core Curriculum at Inver Hills.

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your health care core course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with health care core curriculum faculty
  2. You will get hands-on training to develop the skill set and certification needed to become a nursing assistant
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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