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 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 Pearsonvue, and succeed as professional nurse aides. Students complete clinical training at an acute care or long term care facility. The certificate level course has 119 contact hours. Day, evening and weekend training are available. Graduates can proceed to the advanced Nurse Assistant II training and get listed on the Nurse Aide II register. Tuition costs $450 for Nursing Assistant I and $650 for Nurse Assistant II training.
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Carolinas College of Health Sciences’ Nurse Aide I training program provides the resources and training students need to develop basic patient care skills under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. The 130-hour state-approved program covers classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences in line with the recommended guidelines of the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR). Tuition is $595 and includes Basic Life Support, study packet, and clearance of clinical training. Students are responsible for state testing fee, scrubs and other supplies. Day and weekend classes plus an accelerated option are available. Graduates are eligible to enroll in the 160-hour Nurse Aide II training, which costs $750 at the same facility.
Address: 1200 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
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. Contact the school for fees and class schedules.
Address: 1201 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte NC 28235
Phone: (704) 330-2722
Divine Health Academy
Divine Health Academy provides Nurse Assistant I and Nurse Assistant II training, which run for 112 and 160 hours respectively. During the NA I training, students learn proper techniques for transferring patients, personal care, emergency protocol and taking vital signs. During the advanced NA II training, instructors aim to develop students’ nursing assistant skills including respiratory procedures, sterile techniques, irrigations, catheterizations, and tracheotomy care.
The school enrolls successful graduates for the state exam. Tuition is $500.00 for NA I and $697 for NA II. The cost includes textbook, study materials, and handouts. Students are responsible for background checks, immunizations, state exam fee, and supplies. Students in the NA II program must purchase textbooks.
Chosen Healthcare Institute
Chosen Healthcare Institute offers both Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II training at their Charlotte facility. NA I covers 109 contact hours over 4 weeks. Students participate in hands-on clinical training at a nearby facility during the final week of the training. NA covers 160 contact hours over 5 weeks (80 hours class and 80 hours clinical). CNA II training teaches advanced skills including sterile dressings, suction, trach care, oxygen therapy and removal of fecal impaction. Only students listed on the Nurse Aide I registry can enroll in the NA II training. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED transcript, criminal background check, TB test, and physical exam. Tuition costs $450.00 + $25.00 non-refundable registration fee for NA I and $600.00 + $25.00 non-refundable registration fee for NA II. Day and evening classes are available.
Address: 8401 University Executive Park Dr. Charlotte NC, 28262
Phone: (704) 547-1988
Cell: (704) 770-1093
Fax: (704) 547-5077