CNA Classes Cary Town, NC

A certified nursing assistant cares for patients who are temporarily or permanently unable to care for themselves. The duties of a CNA depend on the healthcare setting and the needs of the patient and must be directed by a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse. While the position may not be the most glamorous on the healthcare team, nurse aides may derive great satisfaction from improving the quality of the lives of the patients they care for. It is a position that offers steady and consistent work as there is a growing demand for healthcare workers.

The short-term nurse aide training provides one of the fastest routes to a career in the health sector. Educational programs can be as short as 5 weeks for 130 contact hours of theory and practical work. CNA training and practice provide a first-hand opportunity to delve into the patient care and test the waters before enrolling in a longer-term program. Moreover, they will increase the chances of acceptance into competitive nursing programs. Most nursing schools in North Carolina require nurse aide certification as a prerequisite for admission. As a certified nursing assistant, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work in diverse environments according to your goals. CNAs work primarily in long-term care, but they also care for patients in hospitals, hospice centers, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and patients’ homes.

Durham Tech

The nurse aide program offered by Durham Tech prepares students for a career in Health Sciences. The Nurse Aide Diploma requires completion of general education courses which will set the foundation for the allied health courses. Theory and practical training prepare students for entry-level positions in acute or long-term care. Course topics include growth and development, basic nursing skills, personal care, accident and fire safety, nutrition, communication, medical asepsis, family resources and services, and therapeutic activities. Graduates will be eligible to take the nurse aide exam to be added to the Nurse Aide I registry.  This diploma program is specially designed for adults who plan to pursue a nursing degree. Durham Tech also offers a basic Nurse Aide I program through the Continuing Education Department. This Nurse Aide I program covers 174 hours of theory and practical instruction. The duration of the certificate program is 16 weeks. The diploma program is 10 months.

Admission criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or HS equivalency
  • Provide proof of successful completion of EFL073 or DRE097 or official transcripts of college-level English
  • Provide proof of immunity for MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Hepatitis B immunity through vaccination
  • Submit a negative TB skin test – not older than 6 months
  • Must have personal health insurance
  • Pass a criminal background check and drug screen

The cost of tuition is $279.25. Additional cost for textbooks, uniforms, immunization, background check, and drug screen. The diploma program costs $3,116.

Care One Health Training Institute

The Nurse Aide I program at Care One Health Training Institute prepares adults for entry-level employment in healthcare. The curriculum covers 105 hours of theory and practical instruction – 65 hours of classroom and lab and 40 hours of clinical experiences. Clinical skills include making beds, answering call lights, collecting samples, measuring vital signs, assisting with medical procedures, personal hygiene, feeding patients, and monitoring food and liquid intake and output. The program may be delivered in an online/hybrid format. Day, evening, and weekend schedules are offered. Day classes meet Monday through Thursday or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm for 4 weeks. The evening classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for 7 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Must be 18 years or older. Applicants under 18 must attend an interview with a parent or guardian
  • Provide proof of high school completion – transcripts, GED, or completion of 8th-grade education
  • Must have two forms of ID – a picture ID and social security card
  • Submit evidence of satisfactory physical health and TB test
  • Complete a satisfactory background check
  • Submit immunization records
  • Pass a drug test
  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee of $25

Tuition for the program is $625. It includes the course textbook.

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Tech’s Nurse Aide I (NAI) program provides students with the basic nursing skills essential to employment in a healthcare setting. The 168-hour curriculum is approved by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation. It includes 100 hours of theory and 68 hours of practical instruction in basic nursing skills, personal care, the aging process, safety and emergency procedures, legal and ethical issues, measurements, infection prevention, communication, elimination, nutrition, mental health, end-of-life care, dementia, basic restorative care and rehabilitation. The program is offered through the Workforce Continuing Education class so students will not receive credit hours. A hybrid class is available. It covers 40 hours of online instruction – students must be able to access Moodle and have excellent computer and time management skills. Program graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills required to success on the nurse aide exam to be listed on the North Caroline Nurse Aide I Registry. A Spanish Nurse Aide I class is available for Spanish speaking students who can demonstrate conversational English language skills. New classes begin every month. Day, evening, weekend, and hybrid classes are offered.

Admission criteria:

  • Register and pay the tuition
  • Select the WM83 package ($112) on the CastleBranch website for the criminal background check, drug test, and medical document manager
  • Read the Nurse Aide Syllabus before registering for the program
  • Provide proof of immunizations

Tuition for the program is $250.

Harmony Health Career Training

Harmony Health Career Training’s Nurse Aide I program is delivered in a hybrid format. The theory must be completed online so requires access to a computer and internet connection. Students will learn body systems, various diseases, measuring vital signs, principles of healthcare, personal care, dementia, infection control, nurse aide role and responsibility, patient safety, and much more. The state-approved curriculum comprises of 102 contact hours of instruction, including class, lab, and clinical activities. Graduates will be eligible to take the state exam to be added to the Nurse Aide I Registry.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit to a background check
  • Purchase black scrubs for campus classes
  • Submit to an oral drug screen
  • Submit a completed application and enrollment forms
  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee of $100
  • Provide valid photo ID and social security card
  • Provide a copy of immunizations
  • Provide high school or college transcripts
  • Must have current AHA CPR certification

The course fee of $700 includes the non-refundable registration fee of $100, CPR certification, skills kit, and student liability insurance. Additional costs include textbook, uniform, and background check. An in-house payment plan is available for all students.

Fayetteville Community College – Health Technologies Center

Students who successfully complete the Nurse Aide I program at FCC will be eligible to take the NC NACES exam, take the Nurse Aide II course, qualify for entry-level employment after listing on the Nurse Aide Registry, and meet the pre-requisite for entry into an Associate Degree in Nursing program. The state-approved curriculum includes theory and practical instruction in growth and development, employment skills, accident and fire safety, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, nutrition, personal care, vital signs, and equipment management. A Nurse Aide Certificate and Nurse Aide Diploma option is available. The Nurse Aide Certificate is designed to be completed in 2 semesters. The length of the Diploma program is 3 semesters.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit to a background check
  • Submit a negative TB screen
  • Submit to an oral drug screen
  • Submit a completed application and enrollment forms
  • Provide valid photo ID and social security card
  • Provide a copy of immunizations
  • Provide high school or college transcripts
  • Must have current AHA CPR certification

Financial aid is not available for the program.

Miller-Motte College

The hands-on Nursing Assistant program offered by Miller-Motte College prepares adults for a rewarding career in healthcare. The curriculum requires completion of 130 contact hours of theory and practical instruction designed to provide information relating to the nurse aide’s role as a member of the healthcare team. Experienced instructors will emphasize basic human needs, medical terminology, safety, basic nursing skills, infection control, and therapeutic communication skills. The hands-on labs will provide repeated opportunities for students to develop competency in care. The clinical externship facilitates the performance of learned skills in an actual clinical setting where students will be guided by an experienced and licensed nurse. Students who successfully complete the program requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion to sit for the Nurse Aide Competency Exam.

Admission criteria:

  • Attend an interview with an Admissions Representative
  • Complete the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Provide a state-issued photo ID and social security card
  • Undergo a background check
  • Undergo a drug test before of clinical externship
  • Negative TB test or chest x-ray
  • Provide evidence of vaccinations – MMR, Varicella, tetanus, and flu vaccine

Tuition for the program is $700. Additional costs for textbooks, uniforms, background check, immunization, TB test, and state exam must be covered by the student.

Nash Community College

The Nurse Aide I program offered by Nash Community College prepares students for the state Nurse Aide I Certification Exam. The program combines 160 hours of classroom and clinical instruction delivered in a blended format. Students are expected to complete the online assignments on their own using the provided study guides – there is no lecture component to the program. The assessments and final exam will be delivered online. Students will have opportunities to seek guidance from instructors. Mastering the NAI skills forms the bulk of the program. Instructors will demonstrate and explain skills throughout the program. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the state exam to be added to the Nurse Aide I Registry. The exam is available at NCC. The class size is limited to 10 to 15 students. The duration of the program is 13 to 14 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be at least 16.5 years by the first day of the program
  • Take and pass the reading and math TABE test with a score of 8th-grade level. The requirement is waived for applicants with an Associate Degree or higher.
  • Preregister and prepay for the program. The registration cost if $186.25
  • Purchase the required books and supplies
  • Present documentation of a negative TB skin test
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license or photo ID and social security card

The program cost is $186.25. Books and supply it cost an additional $130. Other costs include uniforms, watch with a second hand, state exam fee, and a folder for handouts.

Wilson Community College

Wilson Community College’s Nurse Aide I program prepares students with the skill to provide safety and patient-centered care in the healthcare sector. The state-approved curriculum will include training in the classroom, lab, and approved nursing facility. Course topics include medical terminology, the role of the nurse aide on the healthcare team, positioning and transfers, personal hygiene, assisting residents with the activities of daily living, caring for seniors, dementia, basic physiology, recording and charting, and nutrition. Graduates will be prepared to take the state evaluation for listing as a Nurse Aide Level I on the Nurse Aide Level I Registry in North Carolina.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application to the program
  • Attach immunization records to the application
  • Submit a copy of high school diploma
  • Submit a copy of valid NC picture ID
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Obtain the Medical Manager package with Castle Branch and select package code WK69im
  • Purchase uniforms for the clinical rotations and the required text
  • Must have student liability insurance
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

The registration fee of $224 includes registration, technology fee, security, accident insurance, malpractice insurance, and CPR card. The certification exam costs $120. Books and uniforms are additional.

Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center

The Nurse Aide I program offered by Guiding Lights is based on the North Carolina state DHSR curriculum. The rigorous but interactive course prepares students for success on the state exam. Classroom sessions and hands-on practice prepare students to provide safe and competent care for residents in their care. Clinical rotations begin in the fifth week. The rotations create an environment for students to provide basic nursing care and monitor residents for physical, mental, emotional and social changes and to report any changes to nurses.  After completing 40 hours of clinical instruction, students will qualify to sit for the North Carolina Nurse Aide Certification exam. The duration of the program is 6 weeks. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application to the program
  • Submit a copy of high school diploma
  • Submit a copy of valid NC picture ID
  • Complete a satisfactory background check
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

The program tuition of $600 includes instruction materials and CPR/AED. The non-refundable application fee is $25.

Shades of Purple – A Health Care Training Institute

The Nurse Aide I Training Program at Shades of Purple provides enhanced learning opportunities and a supportive environment for students to develop patient care skills. Classroom lectures, hands-on lab, and clinical rotations are the means used by experienced instructors to deliver the state-approved content and demonstrate hands-on skills that aid the development of qualities and technical abilities for success as a Nurse Aide I in North Carolina. The curriculum includes 152 clock hours of theory, lab, and real-world patient care. Course content includes basic nursing skills, the role of the nurse aide, medical terminology, interpersonal skills, dementia, infection control, patients’ rights and independence, and ethics and professional behaviors. Students will develop specialist skills to care for patients in hospice, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes.  Graduates will take the NC Nurse Aide I certification exam to be listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application to the program
  • Submit a copy of high school diploma
  • Submit a copy of valid NC picture ID
  • Complete a satisfactory background check
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Tuition for the program is $800.

Fast Track Career Prep, Inc.

The Nurse Aide I Training Program at Fast Track Career Prep, Inc. prepares students with basic nursing skills to practice as a Nurse Aide I under the direction of a registered nurse. The experienced instructors bring over 40 years of experience in the industry to the classroom. Theory and practical training cover body systems, personal care, nutrition, infection control, positioning and turning, dementia, and care for the elderly. The curriculum covers 136 hours of training – including 47 lab hours and 32 clinical hours. The program may be delivered in a hybrid format. Graduates will be prepared to take the state exam to be added to the Nurse Aide I Registry. The duration of the program is 5 weeks. Two weeks of the program will be completed online.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application and enrollment agreement
  • Submit two forms of ID with the online application
  • Pay the deposit of the full payment
  • Provide high school transcript or GED
  • Complete a satisfactory TB test
  • Complete a background check
  • Provide proof of immunization – Hepatitis B vaccine or signed vaccine declination form
  • Must purchase malpractice insurance

The cost of the program is $620. It includes tuition, registration fee, malpractice insurance, and material kit. Additional costs include background check, uniforms, and textbook. A payment plan is available for all students.