CNA Classes Chesapeake, VA

CNAs provide basic care to patients and assist them with tasks (activities of daily living) that they might be capable of doing on their own. Their duties include but are not limited to dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting, transferring from the bed to the wheelchair, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens, making beds, and social activities. The role can be physically and mentally demanding, yet many nursing assistants derive a measure of satisfaction caring for patients who are unable to care for themselves.

The most successful CNAs are those who can maintain a positive attitude, are compassionate, empathetic, excellent communicators, physically strong, and have good organizational skills. These character qualities combined with the training received in state-approved nurse aide programs will go a long way in the healthcare sector. The nurse aide training is a required part of the preparation for certification by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The Nurse Aide Exam is the final step for determining your understanding of the role and responsibility of a nurse aide and evaluating your ability to provide basic care. Upon successful passage of the exam and demonstration of good moral character, you will be added to the Nurse Aide Registry and receive the Certified Nurse Assistant credential.

Chesapeake Career Center – Adult & Continuing Education

The nurse aide I program at Chesapeake Career Center prepares students for an entry-level position as a nurse aide in a hospital or nursing home. The training is open to students in grades 11 and 12. Students will gain a basic understanding of medical/nursing, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, basic nursing skills, first aid and CPR. During the clinical (on-the-job) instruction, students will assist patients with personal care such as dressing/undressing, eating, bathing, collecting fluid specimens, measuring vital signs, and positioning and turning patients. They will also learn to document interactions with the patients and demonstrate an understanding of nursing concepts, procedures, and practices. Program graduates will be eligible to take the nurse aide certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide. The duration of the program is one year.

Admission criteria:

  • Meet with a school counselor to discuss how the program fits career goals
  • Submit a completed CCC application
  • Obtain required signatures and return the application to the school counselor for processing

Training is free for enrolled students. Additional costs for books and uniforms may apply.

Tidewater Medical Training

Tidewater Medical Training’s (TMT) state-approved nurse aide program is designed to ensure students’ success on the state exam and in entry-level practice as a nurse aide. The curriculum comprises of 140 hours of theory and practical instruction – 100 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical activities. The modern classroom provides a supportive environment to learning with props such as hospital beds, medical supplies, and life-like mannequins. Course content will be delivered through informative videos, lectures, interactive discussions, homework, reading assignments, and continuous assessments. Course topics include role in healthcare, infection control, care of special needs clients, basic restorative care, managing medical emergencies, eating and hydration, body systems, communication, care of the dying patient, and turning and positioning patients. TMT is an approved testing center, so graduates will be eligible to take the certification exam in a familiar environment.

Admission criteria:

  • A high school diploma or GED or pass the admission exam
  • Have no felonies or Barrier Crimes that will prevent approval to take the state exam
  • Obtain a negative TB/PPD test
  • Provide documentation of hepatitis B vaccination or signed statement declining vaccination
  • Must have current CPR certification – available for an additional fee

The total program cost is $910. It includes tuition, non-refundable registration fee, books and materials, and criminal history check. An installment payment plan is available for all students.

Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College’s Basic Nurse Aide Preparation Training prepares adults to join the ranks of nurse aide professionals in acute and long-term care. It is offered through the Workforce Education Center. A Career Studies Certificate option covers a minimum 25 credits and is available through TCC direct. This Career Studies Certificate is best designed for students who intend to pursue an associate degree in nursing or science. Graduates will be qualified to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Certification exam to obtain the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) credential. The program is designed to be completed in 8 to 16 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Complete and submit the Nurse Aide Application
  • Place into College Composition I on the Virginia Placement Test
  • Submit high school test scores or transcript
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no history of criminal convictions
  • Submit documentation of a negative TB test
  • Complete a background check

Tuition for the program is $1,267.70. Additional costs include uniforms, stethoscope, shoes, criminal background check, and testing fees.

  • Website:
  • Address: 121 College Place, Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Phone: 757-822-1122
  • Toll-free: 800-371-0898

Tidewater Home Care

Tidewater Home Care (THC) trains adults for the Certified Nurse Aide credential with the approval of the Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing. The comprehensive training includes 105 hours of hands-on in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical experience at a state-approved facility. The curriculum includes infection control, safety and emergency procedures, personal care skills, communication, client independence, client rights, basic restorative services, legal and regulatory aspects of practice, conflict management, occupational health and safety, client needs, and basic skills. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the State Certification Exam for Nurse Aides. Classes meet Monday through Friday for six weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Provide two forms of identification
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to communicate in English
  • Must be physically able to perform the duties of a nurse aide
  • Be able to complete records accurately
  • Must purchase medical scrubs and proper footwear for the program
  • Complete a satisfactory background check
  • Submit a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray

The program cost of $880 includes the required textbook, TB skin test, criminal background check, and an apron.

Norfolk Allied Health Training Center

The nursing assistant program at Norfolk Allied Health Training Center prepares students to meet the basic physical and emotional needs of patients in healthcare facilities. The state-approved program includes theory and hands-on activities followed by supervised patient care in a skilled nursing facility. Coursework will include infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, the role of the nurse aide, positioning and turning, end of life care, basic nursing skills, vital signs, observation and reporting, nutrition, medical terminology, and body systems. The clinical experience will give students the opportunity to put the classroom theory into practice under the guidance of a licensed nurse instructor.

Admission criteria:

  • A high school diploma or GED or pass the admission exam
  • Submit a completed application for admission online
  • Have no felonies or Barrier Crimes on record
  • Obtain a negative TB/PPD test
  • Provide documentation of hepatitis B vaccination or signed statement declining vaccination
  • Must have current CPR certification
  • Pass a drug screen

The cost of the program is $794. A flexible payment plan is available for all students.

Training Solutions

Training Solutions’ Nursing Assistant course helps students develop knowledge and skills to function as competent members of the healthcare team. The curriculum includes 120 hours of instruction – 80 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of supervised patient care in a skilled nursing facility. Subject covered include hygiene and basic care, social aspects of client care, managing emergencies, eating and hydration, skin care, infection control, mental health of the client, basic restorative care, professional behaviors of the nurse aide, measuring fluid intake and output, vital signs, patients’ rights and independence, and role in healthcare. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to take the Virginia Board of Nursing exam. Morning and evening schedules are available.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be able to read and write English competently
  • Must not have any barrier crimes convictions
  • Submit a completed application to the program
  • Must have valid CPR certification
  • Submit a negative TB test result
  • Pass a urine drug screen

The cost of the program is $850. Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, PPD/chest x-ray, and scrubs.


Crystal G

Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.