Certified nurse assistants play a critical role in healthcare delivery. They function as principal caregivers for patients and residents, providing them with supportive, committed care. Due to their ongoing care, nurse assistants are ideally poised to observe changes in residents and report adverse reactions to medications or treatment to a licensed professional. In hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities, these professionals, are essential to the quality of life for seniors as they use their expertise to help restore health, mobility, and independence.
New Castle County Vo-Tech School District – Adult Education Division
The Nurse Assistant Certificate program at NCC Vo-Tech is approved by the Delaware Division of Long Term Care Resident Protection. The program offers 165 hours of instruction in the classroom and clinical environment and includes an initial assessment, enrichment classes, and review. Students learn the basic knowledge and skills to succeed on the Delaware state exam for nursing assistants. Course topics include body mechanics, long-term care, hygiene, rehabilitative and restorative care, nutrition and fluids, oxygen needs, basic emergency care, work ethics, legal aspects of care, confusion and dementia, and preventing infections. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday for classroom and clinical sessions. The clinical session will also take place on 2 or 3 Saturdays to meet the minimum requirements. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum 10th-grade reading level and the program’s tuition includes the state certification exam but does not cover expenses for the criminal background check, drug screen, uniform, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://nccvtadulteducation.com/nursing-assistant/
- Address: 1703 School Lane, Wilmington, DE 19808
- Phone: 302-683-3652
Del Tech-Wilmington Campus
The nursing assistant program at Del Tech teaches students how to safely provide bedside care under the direction of the licensed nurse or physician. The program covers 180 hours of classroom and clinical instruction over 44 classes in 11 weeks. Classes meet from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm from Monday through Thursday. Course topics include physical and social needs, personal care skills, communication, observation and reporting, basic emergency procedures, infection control, and patients’ rights. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the nurse aide exam for Delaware certification. Applicants must attend an information session prior to registration. Sessions are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The course fee of $2,395 includes tuition, textbook, uniform, state exam, drug screen, CPR, and criminal background check.
- Website: https://www.dtcc.edu/continuing-education/workforce-training/stanton/certificate-programs/certified-nursing-assistant-cna
- Address: 333 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
- Phone: 302-571-5300
Delaware Skill Center
The Delaware Skills Center prepares nurse assistant students for practice in just eight weeks. At the conclusion of 263 hours of classroom and clinical instructions, graduates are prepared for success on the state certification exam. The curriculum is divided into 165 hours of instruction in the classroom/lab and 98 hours of supervised clinical experience at a healthcare facility. Course topics include introduction to long-term care, the role of the nursing assistant, body systems and diseases, comfort care, infection control, vital signs, body mechanics, safety and legal issues, anatomy and physiology, CPR and first aid. Applicants must be a Delaware resident 18 years or older, possess a high school diploma or GED and valid driver’s license, and pass a criminal background check, reading and math exam, PPD test, and drug screen.
- Website: http://www.deskillscenter.org/courses/cna/
- Address: 13th and Clifford Brown Walk, Wilmington, DE 19801
- Phone: 302-654-5392
Dawn Career Institute, Inc.
The nursing assistant certificate program at Dawn Career Institute is available in a 10-week day format or 12-week evening format. Students learn the fundamentals of bedside care to make a difference in the lives of others. Throughout the program, students learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, patients’ rights, personal care, basic nursing skills, rehabilitative and restorative techniques, and hospice care. Applicants must demonstrate good reading and comprehension and meet the background check and drug screen requirements for clinical placement.
- Website: https://www.dawncareerinstitute.edu/program/nurse-assistant
- Address: 3700 Lancaster Pike, Ste. 105, Wilmington, DE 19805-1511
- Phone: 302-633-9075
Tri-State Technical School
Tri-State Technical School’s nursing assistant program runs for five to seven weeks depending on the schedule. The daytime sessions meet from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. On Fridays the clinical sessions meet from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. A night schedule is also available and sessions run from Monday through Thursday from 4:45 pm to 9:00 pm. Clinical rotations for the evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. There is not pretest to enroll in the program if the applicant has a high school diploma or GED. Candidates who do not have the high school diploma must schedule an appointment to take the ABE exam. The program fee is $3,100 – a flexible payment plan is available for all students.
- Website: http://www.tristatetechnicalschool.com/cna-training
- Address: 715 King Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
- Phone: 888-601-0116
- Fax: 855-242-9994
- Email: [email protected]
Maggie Career Institute
Maggie Career Institute prepares students for the state certification exam in just five weeks. Day and evening class schedules are available. The day session run Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and evening sessions are Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Applicant must be aged 18 years or older and pass a criminal background check. A PPD test or chest x-ray, immunization record, physical exam, picture ID, and flu shot are also required for enrollment. Tuition for the program is $2,250 including two sets of scrubs, school ID, a pair of white shoes, CPR certification, drug test, and state certification. An individualized payment plan is available. Funding is also available through the Labor Department for eligible students.
- Website: http://www.nursemaggie.com/
- Address: 102 Larch Circle, Suite 104, Wilmington, DE 19804
- Phone: (302) 750- 4335
- Email: [email protected]
The following schools are also approved by the Board to facilitate nurse assistant training.
Wilmington Job Corps Center
9 Vandever Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19802
Delcastle Technical High School
1417 Newport Road, Wilmington, DE 19804
Howard High School of Technology
401-12th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Conrad School of Science
210 Jackson Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19804