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Advanced Unlicensed Assistant (Theory and Clinical)
The training program for AUAs is designed to build on basic skills traditionally performed by nursing assistants. Selected advanced skills, legal and ethical aspects of health care and appropriate personal behaviors are presented in a format combining classroom lecture/discussion, demonstration/practice lab and clinical application. Graduates of an AUA training program are prepared to safely perform technical skills that are included on an approved skills list. Once the individual has completed the training, he/she applies for certification.

The training is a minimum of 240 clock hours. Course hours are divided among the classroom, skills laboratory and clinical site.
Lara Skaggs
Program Manager
405 743 5106
Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to:

-Demonstrate and perform the core skills safely and accurately, seeking assistance appropriately.
-Report actions according to the facility policy.
-document actions according to the facility policy.
-Maintain patient confidentiality.
-Demonstrate responsible personal behaviors in the clinical setting.
-Be eligible to write the Advanced Unlicensed Assistant Certification Examination approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

The following are courses/modules with in this career major.

Communication with the Health Care Team

In this five hour course the student will communicate effectively with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

-Identify rules of good communication.
-Report appropriate information to the health care team.
-Demonstrate basic rules of recording.
-Demonstrate how to deal effectively with conflict.

Roles and Functions of Assistive Personnel

In this five hour course the student will identify and determine appropriate responses that define the scope and practice of the AUA.

-Identify trends affecting assistive personnel.
-Identify laws that affect assistive personnel.
-Identify duties of an AUA and his or her role limitation.
-Identify the description of the delegation process.
-Demonstrate qualities and traits of a successful AUA.

Asepsis and Wound Care

In this five hour course the student will demonstrate principles and practices of surgical asepsis and the care of wounds.

-Identify principles of surgical asepsis.
-Identify practices of preparing a patient for surgery.
-Identify signs and symptoms to report postoperatively.
-Identify types of wounds, stages and complications of healing.
-Idenify procedures for cleaning and dressing wounds and drain sites.

Collecting and Testing Specimens

During this five hour course the student will identify purpose and procedures for collecting specimens on urine, stool, sputum and blood.

-Identify types of urine specimens.
-Identify purpose of urine, stool, sputum and blood specimens.
-Identify rules for collecting specimens.
-Identify sources of blood specimens, sites for skin punctures and venipuncture.
-Identify procedure for selecting tubes for blood specimens.
-Identify purpose of intake and output records.


During this five hour course the student will identify safety hazards and promote environmental and patient safety.

-Identify AUA role in risk management.
-Demonstrate appropriate procedures that an AUA uses to protect him/herself from risks of infection transmission.
-Identify the purpose, application and complications of safe restraint use.

Urinary Elimination

In this five hour course, the student will identify normal characteristics of urination and identify the purpose of catheterization.

-Identify purpose of catheterization.
-Identify purpose of bladder irrigations.

Cardiac Monitoring

In this five hour course the student will identify structure, function and conduction system of the heart. The student will identify life threatening dysrhythmias.

-Identify structure, function, and conduction system of the heart.
-Identify life threatening dysrhythmias.
-Identify functions of electrocardiograph, telemetry unit, Holter Monitor, doppler.

Bowel Elimination

In this five hour course the student will identify common bowel elimination problems and care given to patients with colostomy or ileostomy.

-Identify equipment and supplies related to ostomy care.
-Empty, clean and change a colostomy and ileostomy appliance.
-Demonstrate stomal irrigation.

Airway Skills for the AUA

In this course, the student will demonstrate procedures related to the respiratory system.

-Demonstrate the following procedures:

- Oral Suctioning
- Tracheostomy/Stoma Care

- Assist with patient teaching about the use of incentive spirometry.

Airway Management

In this five hour course, the student will identify signs and symptoms of altered respiratory function and managing factors affecting oxygen needs.

-Identify factors affecting oxygen needs.
-Identify signs and symptoms of hypoxia and altered respiratory function.
-Identify tests to diagnose respiratory problems.
-Identify measures that promote oxygenation.
-Identify oxygen devices.
-Identify role of AUA in oxygen therapy.
-Identify safety measures for suctioning.
-Identify assistive measures in the care of patients with chest tubes.

Surgical Asepsis Skills for the AUA

This course the student will demonstrate skills related to infection control, surgical asepsis and wound care.

-Demonstrate the following procedures:

- Handwashing
- Putting on a mask
- Putting on a Gown
- Putting on Gloves
- Removing contaminated gown, gloves and mask

-Apply limb, vest and belt restraints.
-Document and report restraint application and monitoring.
-Don and remove surgical gloves.
-Don sterile gown and sterile gloves (closed method).
-Create a sterile field.
-Apply a sterile dressing.
-Remove sutures.
-Remove staple.
-Remove drainage tube.
-Empty and restart a wound suction device.
-Maintain tubes, drains and suction devices.

Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Collection

In this course the student demonstrates procedures related to collecting specimens and performing diagnostic procedures.

-Prepare a patient for an electrocardiogram.
-Obtain an electrocardiogram.
-Apply and maintain telemetry monitor.
-Apply a Holter monitor.
-Use a Doppler ultrasonography.
-Collect a blood specimen using :

-Capillary puncture
-Venipuncture by syringe
-Venipuncture by evacuated tube system
-Venipuncture by butterfly needle

-Obtain an uncontaminated blood culture.
-Obtain multi -tube blood draw in correct order.
-Obtain blood glucose level.
-Perform a quality control testing for blood glucose levels.
-State the normal range of blood glucose.
-Obtain a sputum specimen.
-Obtain a urine specimen from an indwelling catheter.
-Obtain a sterile wound culture.
-Obtain guiac test stool specimen.
-Obtain guiac test gastric sample.
-Obtain urine testing for specific gravity, glucose and protein.

Enteral Nutrition

In this course students will identify the purpose of enteral nutrition ie. nasogastric tube and gastrostomy tube.

-Identify factors that affect eating and nutrition.
-Identify the purpose of enteral nutrition.
-Identify signs, symptoms and precautions relating to regurgitation and aspiration.

Intake and Output for the AUA

In this course the student will demonstrate procedures related to the gastrointestinal system and urinary system.

-Demonstrate the following procedures:

- Measure intake and output
- Insert a straight catheter
- Insert an indwelling catheter
- Irrigate an indwelling catheter
- Remove an indwelling catheter
- Nasogastric tube feeding syringe method
- Nasogastric/gastrostomy feeding using a feeding pump

- Irrigate a nasogastric tube
- Empty a nasogastic collection container
- Empty and clean a colostomy appliance
- Empty and clean an illeostomy appliance
- Apply a one-piece pouch system for the colostomy or illeostomy
- Perform stomal Irrigation

Clinical Internship for the AUA

In this 40 hour course the student participates in clinical rotation in a acute care facility.

-Demonstrate skills related to the role of the AUA in the clinical setting.
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
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Health Science Therapeutic Services CNA/AUA
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Health Science Therapeutic Services Multi-Skilled Technician
Health Science Therapeutic Services Pre-Nursing