Certified Nurse Aides provide basic care to patients or residents who are unable to care for themselves. Their duties include assisting patients with the activities of daily living, measuring and recording vital signs, assisting nurses with procedures and treatments, and setting up medical equipment. Due to their close interactions with patients, nurse assistants develop fulfilling relationships with their charges and are in the best position to observe critical changes that could affect patients’ health. CNAs work in patients’ homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. The role and responsibility of the CNA depend on the type of setting, so it is important to choose your work setting based on your personal preference.
The nursing assistant program at Training Solutions is a 4-week class comprising of 80 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of on-site clinical for a total of 120 hours. Graduates will receive a Nurse Aide certificate that will make them eligible to apply for the Virginia Board of Nursing exam. Requirements for admission include no criminal convictions and proficiency in English. Evening sessions meet daily from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Morning sessions from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Clinical sessions are from 7:00 am to 3:00m pm during the final week. Tuition costs $850. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books, scrubs, blood pressure cuff, and stethoscope. Grant funding may be available through Training Solutions’ ongoing partnership with the S.T.O.P. Organization.
- Website: http://www.trainingsolutionsva.com/Certified-Nursing-Assistants-CNA-Norfolk_c4.htm
- Address: 2561 Almeda Ave Suite B, Norfolk, VA 23513
- Phone: 757-321-8887
- Fax: 757-321-8446
Tidewater Community College
Graduates of the Nurse Assistant program at Tidewater Community College are able to demonstrate nurse aide related knowledge, skills and abilities in accordance with the Virginia State Board of Nursing and federal law. They will be eligible to complete the NNAAP for Virginia certification. Classes meet three to five days a week to complete the 120-hour course in four weeks. The curriculum includes a 40-hour internship at a local healthcare facility. Course topics include communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, selected skills performance, equipment manipulation, and personal care skills. Applicants must indicate their intention to pursue the Nurse Aide training program on the college application, register for Nurse Aide I and the Coordinated Internship, submit documentation of negative TB, complete a criminal/sex offender background check, and pay the tuition. The 5-credit program costs $883.00, not including textbooks and supplies.
- Website: https://www.tcc.edu/academics/health-professions
- Address: 121 College Place, Norfolk, VA 2351
- Phone: 757-822-1122
American Red Cross
The American Red cross CNA training takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks. The detailed curriculum includes instruction in the classroom and a clinical rotation and emphasizes compassionate care and the importance of good communication. Students who complete the course with a passing grade are eligible to request a testing date for the state CNA exam to become state certified. Applicants must attend a local orientation and information session, pass a math and reading assessment or present a high school diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check, and complete the ARC physical form and TB test. The Licensed Nurse, who is also licensed as a Nurse Assistant Training Instructor, will supervise the clinical experience, which consists of direct patient care in a health care facility.
- Website: http://www.redcross.org/local/virginia/take-a-class/cna-norfolk-va
- Address: 611 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
- Phone: 757-446-7700
Centura College facilitates a Nurse Aide program to equip students with the skills to become a Certified Nurse Aide. Students learn how to provide for the safety and comfort of patients, communicate effectively with patients and other members of the health care team, and respect patients’ dignity. The curriculum includes 160 clock hours of classroom training and clinical experiences. The clinical experience takes place at a long-term care facility and covers a total of 40 hours. Over a course of 6 weeks, students learn ambulation, patient safety, infection control, first aid, safety and emergency procedure, personal care skills, mental health, anatomy and physiology, patient rights, medical terminology, and human growth and development.
- Website: http://centuracollege.edu/college-programs/health-science/nurse-aide/index.html
- Address: 7020 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23518
- Phone: 757-853-2121
Heart to Heart Career Training Center
The nursing assistant program at Heart to Heart Career Training Center provides students with the training to work in acute care and long-term care facilities. The curriculum covers 120 hours of theory and hands-on practice in the lab and an outside experience at a long-term care facility. Students acquire the foundational knowledge that will help them succeed on the job and move on to further studies in health. They develop problem solving and critical thinking skills to excel on the job. Course topics include vital signs, infection control, communication, safety and emergency procedures, personal care skills, mental health, and patient rights. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm for 4 weeks. An evening session is also available. Class times are Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Applicants do not need a high school diploma or GED but must be able to read and write English. Other requirements include a background screen, PPD within the last 12 months, physical, and immunization records. Tuition for the program is $875 and includes the non-enrollment fee, textbook, and badge. A flexible payment plan is available. Students must budget for the background and the state competency fee.
- Website: https://www.hearttoheartctc.com/nurse-aide
- Address: 312 Waller Mill Rd #600, Williamsburg, VA 23185
- Phone: 757-229-0919
- Fax: 757-603-6736
- Email: [email protected]
Adult & Continuing Education
The Adult Continuing Education program provides educational opportunities for adults in Chesapeake. The nurse aide program is designed to provide students with the tools to expand their knowledge and develop the skills for professional and personal growth. The program comprises of 138 contact hours – 46 classes – of classroom and clinical training. The curriculum is divided into 98 hours of classroom instruction and 48 hours of clinical instruction in a health care facility. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tuition costs $516 for residents or $1,024 for non-residents. Tuition does not include textbooks and uniforms.
- Website: https://cpschools.com/adult-education/
- Address: 369 South Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA, 23322
- Phone: 757-482-5680
- Fax: 757-482-5474
- Email: [email protected]