Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Coursework emphasizes growth and development throughout the life span, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management as well as employment skills and family resources and services.

Graduates of this curriculum may be eligible to be listed on the registry as a Nursing Aide I and Nursing Aide II. They may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities and doctor’s offices.

For specific information about potential positions and wages in Nurse Aide employment, visit the Central Piedmont Career Coach website.

No degrees are offered for Nurse Aide.

No diplomas are offered for Nurse Aide.

Nurse Aide Certificate (C45840)

Certificate Awarded

A Nurse Aide Certificate is awarded by the college upon completion of certificate requirements.

Admission Steps

  1. Complete an application to the college.
  2. Take the required placement tests and earn the following scores:
    MATH - at least a 7 on Developmental Math exams DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030
    READING / ENGLISH - a composite Developmental Reading (DRE) exam score of 151+.
    Students also may qualify by passing these courses: DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030, plus DRE 098.
    Visit the Testing and Assessment website to schedule a test, take practice tests, access review materials or for placement testing information,

Admission Credentials

  • In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students are required to submit results of a NC state and/or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of admission, students are required to verify they are United States citizens or otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.
  • The following required forms are not part of the registration process, but must be submitted in the first class meeting of the Nurse Aide Program:
    1. Authorizations
    2. Criminal Background Check Request
    3. Immunizations
    4. Medical physical
    5. Urine Drug Screening Results 
  • Previous students, who have had a name change due to marriage or divorce, must take their social security card and current driver’s license to Records & Registration on the second floor of the Central High Building on Central Campus to have their student records updated.

Credentials for Nurse Aide Courses

  • In addition to tuition, lab fees and textbooks, courses have additional costs that include uniforms, personal protective equipment, physical examinations, immunizations, and drug screening. 
  • To take the Nurse Aide II course (NAS102), students must have completed the NC state-approved Nurse Aide I Program (NAI) and be on the current active listing of the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.
  • Students in NAS 102 must have current CPR certification by an American Heart Association Healthcare provider prior to beginning clinical experience.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age by the time of clinicals.

Contact Information

The Nurse Aide Certificate is in the Health & Human Services Division. For information, visit the Nurse Aide website.

Major Requirements
NAS 101Nurse Aide I6.0
NAS 102Nurse Aide II6.0
Total Credits12


NAS 101. Nurse Aide I. 6.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course includes basic nursing skills required to provide safe, competent personal care for individuals. Emphasis is placed on person-centered care, the aging process, communication, safety/emergencies, infection prevention, legal and ethical issues, vital signs, height and weight measurements, elimination, nutrition, basic restorative care/rehabilitation, dementia, mental health and end-of-life care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills and be eligible to test for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

NAS 102. Nurse Aide II. 6.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides training in Nurse Aide II tasks. Emphasis is placed on the role of the Nurse Aide II, sterile technique and specific tasks such as urinary catheterization, wound care, respiratory procedures, ostomy care, peripheral IV assistive activities, and alternative feeding methods. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills and safe performance of skills necessary to be eligible for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide II Registry.

Prerequisites: Take NAS 101