Nursing Assistant

The Nursing 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.

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No degrees offered.

No diplomas offered.

Nursing Aide Certificate (C45840)

Certificate Awarded

A Nursing Aide Certificate is awarded by the College upon completion of certificate requirements.

Admission Steps

  1. Complete an application to CPCC here.
  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. To schedule a test, take practice tests, and access review materials, visit the Testing and Assessment website here.
  3. Attend one of the Mandatory Information Sessions. See the schedule here.

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 Nursing Assistant 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 Nursing Assistant 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 Nursing Assistant Certificate is in the Health & Human Services Division. For information, please visit the website at Nurse Aide.

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

Courses

NAS 101. Nursing Assistant I. 6.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care setting. Topics include communications, safety, patients' rights, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation, and mental health. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as Nursing Assistant I with 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

NAS 103. Home Health Care Nurse Aide. 6.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced training for the currently listed Nurse Aide I enhancing specific skills needed when working in the home care setting. Topics include person-centered care, nutrition, hydration, patient and personal safety, mental health, dementia, behavioral challenges, pain management, palliative care, and stress management. Upon completion, students are eligible for listing as a home care nurse aide with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Prerequisites: Take NAS 101