High turnovers rates, rise in chronic illnesses, shortage of nurses, and the healthcare needs of the baby boomer population are driving the demand for Certified Nursing Assistants in long-term care. Hundreds of CNAs enter the industry each year, but more than half of them advance to other careers in health citing the physical pressures of caring for patients at this level of nursing. Career mobility is just one reason for the high turnover. Other nurse aides leave the profession due to unfulfilled expectations, injuries, and pursuit of careers outside health. If you’re considering a career in health, nurse aide training is one of the fastest ways to enter. It will give you the opportunity to see the inner workings of the health care system and determine if it is right for you.
A Certified Nurse Aide works under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse or regisered nurse in long-term care facilties, hospitals, community health centers, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, and clinics. Nurse Aide I classes prepare students for success on the state exam to be added to the State Registry.
South Piedmont Community College
The Nurse Assistant I program at South Piedmont Community College delivers theoretical and practical instruction to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to care for patients of all ages. The curriculum covers 159 clock hours of instruction: 49 hours in the classroom, 70 hours in the lab, and 40 hours of supervised patient care in a clinical setting. Graduates will receive a Nursing Assistant Certificate and will be eligible to take the NC Certification exam administered by Pearson Vue. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am 1:45 pm for approximately 8 weeks. Evening classes meet from 5:00 pm to 9:15 pm.
- Be 16 ½ years or older
- Have a current driver’s license and valid social security card
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or college degree. Applicants who do not meet this requirement must take the TABE test and score at the 9th grade level or above
- Have current CPR BLS for Healthcare Provider certification
- Provide up-to-date immunization record – MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, TB skin test, flu shot
- Pay the registration fee of $280.40
Program costs include textbook and workbook, criminal background check, drug screen, uniform, tuition, and state test.
- Website: https://spcc.edu/areas-of-study/health-sciences-and-nursing/nursing-options/nurse-assistant-cna/
- Address: 680 US 74, Polkton, NC 28135
- Phone: 704-272-5300
Southern College of Health Sciences
The Certified Nurse Aide program at Southern College of Health Sciences prepares adults to perform basic nursing skills in a long-term care setting. Students will learn how to respect patients’ right, meet their physical, mental, and social needs, management their nutritional needs, provide restorative services, maintain a safe environment, provide personal care, and understand human body structure and function. They will also understand the role and responsibility of the nursing assistant, communicate effectively, collaborate with the health care team, and take and measure vital signs. Instruction will cover 120 clock hours of academic and practical instruction. The clinical externship will take place in a skilled nursing facility. Students will have the opportunity to observe, assist, and perform patient care according to the state approved curriculum. It integrates classroom theory with practical skills and requires students to demonstrate cognitive and psychomotor behaviors to pass the course. The school is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the CNA I course. The duration of the program is 1 month.
- Provide proof of completing high school or GED equivalency
- Provide a copy of valid photo ID and social security card
- Demonstrate English reading comprehension at the 10th grade level
- Complete a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) consent form
- Submit a completed application to the program
- Attend an interview with an Admissions Representative
Tuition for the program is $550. Additional costs include textbooks, uniforms, transport to clinical site, CPR certification, background check, drug screen, and nursing supplies.
- Website: http://southerncollegeofhealthsciences.com/
- Address: 206 N Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28083
- Phone: 704-707-3965
Serenity Nurse Aide Academy and Nursing Services
Serenity Nurse Aide Academy LLC operates a nursing assistant program that is approved by the North Carolina Community College, Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The curriculum comprises of 90 hours of classroom and lab and 25 hours of clinical experience in a skilled nursing facility. Content includes the role and responsibility of the nurse aide, nutrition, vital signs, infection control, personal hygiene, restorative techniques, basic nursing skills, range of motion exercises, safety and emergency procedures, communication, common diseases in the elderly, and Alzheimer’s care. Students who complete the theory and practical requirements will receive a Nursing Assistant I Certificate and will be prepared to write the state exam. Day and evening schedules are available. The day class meets Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. The evening class meets Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The duration of the program is 4 weeks. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
- Submit an application for admission
- Submit a physical exam report – completed within the past year
- Provide proof of immunization – Hepatitis B
- Obtain TB clearance
- Provide proof of completing high school or GED equivalency
- Provide a copy of driver’s license and social security card
- Complete a criminal background check
- Must be 17 years or older
The program fee of $645 includes tuition, application fee, books and state exam.
- Website: http://www.serenitynurseaide.com/
- Address: 6636 East WT Harris Boulevard H, Charlotte, NC 28215
- Phone: (704) 567-8000
- Alt: (704) 567-9199
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chosen Health Care
Students enrolled in the Certified Nurse Aide I program at Chosen Health Care will acquire basic nursing skills to measure and record vital signs, communicate effectively with patients and the healthcare team, and assist patients with the activities of daily living. Instruction in restorative care, rehabilitation techniques, infection control, patient rights and independence, maintaining safety, and common diseases will prepare graduates to function as vital members of the healthcare team. Graduation from the program requires attendance of the entire 122 contact hours of instruction – 82 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of hands-on skills. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The class duration is one month.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Have a government-issued photo ID (such as driver’s license) and valid social security card
- Must have graduated high school or GED equivalent
- Submit a completed application and registration fee
- Complete a criminal background check – available at Chosen Health Care Institute
- Complete a physical exam – within one calendar year
- Obtain TB clearance –within one calendar year
The cost of the program is $500 and includes the non-refundable registration fee of $50. A flexible payment plan is available for all students.
- Website: http://www.chosenhealthcareinstitute.com/
- Address: 8401 University Executive Park Dr., Suite 111, Charlotte, NC 28262
- Phone: 704-547-1988
- Fax: 704-547-5077
- Email: email@example.com
Central Piedmont Community College
The Certified Nurse Aide I program at Central Piedmont Community College emphasizes the nursing process and prepares students to meet the mental, physical, and social needs of the elderly. In accordance with state training requirements, instructors will cover management of nutritional needs, patients’ rights, personal care, restorative services, safety procedures, elimination procedures, human body structure and function, communication, role and responsibility of the nurse aide, common diseases and disorders, death and dying, and infection control. Graduates will be prepared to take the state competency evaluation for Nurse Aide Certification. CPCC offers students quality instruction in the classroom, open lab hours for graduates to prepare for the certification exam, affordable tuition, and on-the-job training during the clinical component of the program. The program admits new students during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
- Take and pass CPCC placement tests – developmental math and developmental reading and English
- Must be 18 years or older at the time of the clinical experience
- Have current vaccination records
- Sign the Bloodborne pathogen and OSHA hazard communication forms
- Attend the mandatory information session
- Undergo a criminal background check and drug screen
- Provide copy of driver’s license and social security card
The estimated cost of the program is $1,788 and includes tuition, books, uniform, fees, insurance, physical exam, criminal background check, and state exam.
- Website: https://www.cpcc.edu/programs/nurse-aide
- Address: 201 Elizabeth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28235
- Phone: 704-330-2722
Divine Health Academy
The Nursing Assistant Program at Divine Health Academy is approved by the North Carolina Community College, Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The curriculum covers 112 hours of theory and practical instruction in basic nursing skills, personal care, and patient safety to prepare students for the state exam and entry-level employment in nursing homes, clinics, home health, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. Areas of study include vital signs, emergency procedures, Alzheimer’s care, patient rights, basic nursing skills, communication and collaboration, infection control, and rehabilitative treatments. Graduates will be scheduled to take the State Nurse Aide Exam to be added to the Nurse Aide Registry.
- Have a high school graduate or GED equivalency
- Provide verification of up-to-date immunization
- Complete a criminal background check
- Candidates without a high school diploma must provide proof of completing an eight-grade education at minimum
- Provide a physical exam report – completed within the last year
- Provide proof of US Citizenship or proof of legal right to work
- Submit a completed application and non-refundable registration fee of $25.
Tuition costs $500 and includes textbook, handout, and course materials. Students must cover the cost of the state exam and uniforms.
- Website: http://www.divinehealthacademy.com/
- Address: 5633 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
- Phone: 704-566-2955
- Fax: 704-566-2957
- Alt: 704-566-2956
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unity Nursing Institute
The nursing assistant program at Unity Nursing Institute prepares students for entry-level employment in acute and long-term care facilities. The program combines didactic and practical instruction in accordance with state guidelines. Areas of study include nutrition, vital signs, basic nursing skills, Alzheimer’s care, infection control, communication, mobility skills, personal care, patient rights and independence, disease management and symptom control, basic life support, law and ethics, patient safety, and restorative services.
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or college transcript
- Complete a satisfactory criminal background check
- Complete a negative drug screen
- Submit a negative TB test report
- Submit documentation of up-to-date vaccinations and be free from communicable diseases
- Experience of patient care in healthcare setting is recommended
- Submit a completed application and registration fee of $25
Tuition for the program is $550. Other expenses include student binder and supplies, state exam fee, uniform and shoes, TB test, drug test, and background check.
- Website: http://www.unitynursinginstitute.school/
- Address: 5715 Westpark Drive, Suite 202, Charlotte, NC 28217
- Phone: 704-525-1448
- Phone: 980-938-0614
- Fax: 704-761-4705
- Email: email@example.com
American Academy of Healthcare
American Academy of Healthcare teaches nursing assistant students basic nursing skills that will enable them to care for patients and residents in a long-term care setting. The curriculum will deliver 119 hours of theory and practical instruction. Experienced instructors will cover personal care, patient safety, elimination, mental health, medical terminology, rehabilitation, communication, patients’ rights and independence, basic nursing skills, and hospice care. Students must provide required documentation one week prior to the clinical or be dismissed from the program. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the skills needed to pass the state evaluation to be added as a Nursing Assistant I on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. Graduates will receive a Nurse Aide I certificate. Day, evening, and weekend schedules are available.
- Have a high school diploma (transcript required), GED, or college transcript
- Provide up-to-date immunization records (including proof of varicella)
- Current flu vaccine
- Complete a 12-panel drug screen on site
- Submit to a criminal background check
- Provide the report of a physical exam completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant
- Submit the Hospital Orientation Form
Tuition and registration costs $525.
- Website: http://americanacademyofhealthcare.com/
- Address: 4917 Albemarle Road, Suite 207, Charlotte, NC 28205
- Phone: (704) 525-3500
- Fax: (704) 536-5565
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org