CNA Classes in Charlotte NC

Nurse Aide I candidates in North Carolina do not need to attend training to get certified. However, an approved training course prepares candidates for the two-part CNA state exam. While the state will not disqualify a candidate for failing the exam three times (like other states), the administrators will require the candidate to take an approved program before attempting the exam a fourth time. Most classes require students to complete a minimum of 75 hours of training. Upon completion, graduates can take the state exam and obtain a listing on the Nurse Aide I registry if successful. Consider the following list of the best CNA programs in North Carolina.

American Academy of Healthcare

The American Academy of Healthcare offers both Nursing Assistant I and Nurse Assistant II training. The comprehensive state-approved course includes classroom training and clinical skills development under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Students get all the training they need to pass the state exam, administered by Pearson Vue, and succeed as professional nurse aides. Students complete clinical training at an acute care or long-term care facility. The certificate level course covers 119 contact hours of theory and practical instruction. Graduates can proceed to the advanced Nurse Assistant II training and take the state nurse aide exam. Day, evening and weekend training are available. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm for 4 weeks. Evening classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 10:0 pm for 8 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Provide an unofficial transcript – high school, GED, or college
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or state ID and social security card
  • Complete a physical exam through a licensed physician
  • Complete a satisfactory criminal background check ($25 done on premises)
  • Must have current CPR certification ($45 done on site)
  • Complete a satisfactory TB test ($25 on site)
  • Provide documentation of meeting the immunization requirements – Tdap, Varicella, MMR, PPD Skin Test, Seasonal Influenza

Tuition costs $525 for Nursing Assistant I. The registration fee is $26.

Divine Health Academy

Divine Health Academy provides Nurse Assistant I training which covers 112 contact hours of theory and practical instruction. During the NA I training, students learn proper techniques for transferring patients, personal care, emergency protocol and taking vital signs. Areas of study include medical terminology, basic nursing skills, body structure and function, infection control, range of motion exercises, nutrition, personal care skills, communication and interpersonal relationships, rehabilitation and restorative techniques, safety and emergency procedures, and hospice care. Program graduates will be eligible to apply to take the state exam to be added to the Nurse Aide I Registry.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Submit a completed application and application fee of $25
  • Provide proof of immunization
  • Complete a satisfactory background check
  • Provide a report of a physical exam completed within the last 12 months

Tuition is $500.00 for NA I. The cost includes textbook, study materials, and handouts. Students are responsible for background checks, immunizations, state exam fee, and supplies.

Chosen Healthcare Institute

Chosen Healthcare Institute offers both Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II training at their Charlotte facility. NA I covers 122 contact hours of theory and practical instruction – 92 hours in the classroom and 30 hours of clinical practice. Students participate in hands-on clinical training at a nearby facility during the final week of the training. The duration of the program is 4 weeks. Day and evening schedules are available. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm. Evening classes are from 4:00 pm to 9:45 pm.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED transcript
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete a 2-step TB test
  • Submit a physical exam report indicating sound health
  • A driver’s license and social security card
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
  • Submit a completed application and registration fee

Tuition costs $500 which includes the non-refundable registration fee of $50.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)

Nurse Aide I training at CPCS emphasizes the aging process, nutrition, patients’ rights, personal care procedures, caring for persons with special needs, restorative services, body anatomy, death and dying, communication, observation, charting, and roles of the nursing assistant. New classes begin every semester. Students learn from experienced instructors and are eligible to register for the NC nurse aide exam only after successful completion of the training. After obtaining a listing on the state’s Nurse Aide I registry, graduates can apply for Nurse Aide II training available at CPCC.

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Admission criteria:

  • Submit official transcripts to the college showing proof of graduating high school
  • Must have taken math and English 100+ and earned a grade c or better
  • Take and pass Central Piedmont placement test
  • Must be 18 years old by the time of the clinical
  • Submit completed medical history and documentation forms including proof of immunizations
  • Read and sign a bloodborne pathogen form and OSHA’s hazard communication form
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session
  • Undergo a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Provide two forms of current identification (one must be a photo ID)

The cost of the program is $1,788.10 without general education courses. The cost includes tuition for 6 credit hours, textbooks, uniform, activity fee, tech fee, lab fee, accident insurance, liability insurance, health insurance, physical exam and immunization, background check, and nurse aide certification exam.

Serenity Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide I program at Serenity Nurse Aide prepares students for state certification. The program includes 115 contact hours of theory and practical instruction – 90 hours in the classroom and 25 hours of clinical experience. Areas of study include basic nursing skills, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, personal hygiene, feeding and nutrition, range of motion exercises, patient safety, patient rights and independence, and infection control. Day and evening schedules are available. The day class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm for four weeks. The evening class meets Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm for four weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit official transcripts to the college showing proof of graduating high school
  • Must have taken math and English 100+ and earned a grade c or better
  • Take and pass Central Piedmont placement test
  • Must be 18 years old by the time of the clinical
  • Submit completed medical history and documentation forms including proof of immunizations
  • Read and sign a bloodborne pathogen form and OSHA’s hazard communication form
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session
  • Undergo a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Provide two forms of current identification (one must be a photo ID)

Contact the school for a schedule of classes and cost of attendance.

Unity Nursing Institute

The Certified Nurse Aide program at Unity Nursing Institute prepares students for state certification. The program includes theory and practical training to prepares students for an entry-level role in long-term care facility. Students will learn how to care for elderly patients, respect their rights and independence, deliver safe and competent care, collaborate with the interdisciplinary health care team, and communicate effectively with patients, their family, and other health care workers. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the state exam to be added to the Nurse Aide I registry. The day class meets Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm for 6 weeks. Evening classes meet Monday through Thursday from 6 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school or college transcript
  • Pass a urine drug screen
  • Complete a satisfactory criminal background check
  • Obtain TB clearance – 2-step TB test or chest x-ray
  • Submit a current physical exam report
  • Submit a completed application and registration fee
  • Experience in healthcare is not required but recommended

Tuition costs $550. The non-refundable registration fee is $25. Other costs include uniform and shoe, TB test, drug screen, background check, and textbook. A flexible payment plan is available.

Southern College of Health Sciences

Southern College of Health Science is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Health Service Regulation to offer a CNA I course. The curriculum covers 120 hours of theory and practical instruction with an emphasis on the aging process – the mental, social, and physical needs of the elderly. Areas of study include personal and special care procedures, patients’ rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, human body structure and function, death and dying, common diseases and disorders, and the role and responsibility of a nursing assistant. Students will be required to participate in a clinical externship where they will observe, learn, and provide direct care under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The duration of the program is one month.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must demonstrate English reading comprehension at the 10th-grade level
  • Complete a satisfactory Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) consent form
  • Attend an interview with an Admission Representative

Tuition for the program is $550.

 

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