Aspiring certified nursing assistants in North Carolina can obtain the necessary education through the nursing assistant certificate programs of several 2-year community colleges. Programs may span two semesters and can consist of between 14 and 17 credit hours.
To be a certified nursing assistant or aide (CNA) in North Carolina, an individual must complete a state-approved nurse aide training program and pass the North Carolina competency evaluation program. To be state approved, the curriculum must have a combination of at least 75 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Before they can have contact with a patient, students must have at least 16 hours of training in safety and emergency procedures, communication and interpersonal skills, respecting residents' rights, infection control and promoting residents' independence. Once the student completes the training and passes the competency evaluation program, his or her name is added to the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. The ten schools outlined below are among the programs that are approved by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation.
Alamance Community College
Graham-based Alamance Community College has a two-semester Nursing Assistant program that prepares a student to pass the competency exam so his or her name can be added to the nurse registry as a nurse assistant I or nurse assistant II. The program consists of courses on home health care and life span changes, as well as nursing assistant I and nursing assistant II courses. The Career Services Office offers services like assessment testing, career information, on-campus job fairs and workshops to assist students with career planning and employment.
Cleveland Community College
The Nursing Assistant program at Cleveland Community College in Cleveland prepares students to take the nurse aide competency exam and work as nursing assistants. Students learn about patients' rights, mental health, rehabilitation, vital signs and personal care. The program includes a nursing assistant I and nursing assistant II course. Prior to starting the nursing assistant II course, the student must have completed the nursing assistant I course, passed the competency exam and must be listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry as a nursing assistant I. Cleveland Community College has s Student Services division that assists students with career planning.
Coastal Carolina Community College
Located in Jacksonville, Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) offers a 17-credit Nursing Assistant certificate program. The nursing assistant I and II courses are sequential eight-week courses; students must have nursing assistant I certification before they can start nursing assistant II. The curriculum combines classroom, lab and clinicals. Graduates of Coastal Carolina's programs (2010-2011) requiring licensure or certification had first-time passing rates of 95% on exams.
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Located in Fayetteville, this college offers a Nursing Assistant certificate program that prepares students for nursing assistant I and nursing assistant II certification and employment at hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities. This two-semester program includes course work on vital signs, medical asepsis, catheterization, personal care and nutrition. Students entering this program must have CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification and proof of TB tests and current immunizations. Fayetteville Technical Community College offers various learning options, such as business programs, general education programs, career and technical training, continuing education and distance learning.
Gaston College is located in Dallas and has a Nursing Assistant program that prepares students for certification with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The 14-credit hour program has specific admission requirements that must be met for entry into the program. In addition to the nursing assistant courses, the program offers a medication aide course that qualifies students to be listed on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry. Students of Gaston College can receive assistance through the Division of Student Services, which offers services like counseling and career advisement, student employment information and various student activities.
Guilford Technical Community College
Located in Jamestown, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) offers a three-month Nursing Assistant program with coursework on life span development and patient care practices. Through 198 hours of hands-on laboratory and clinical rotations, students learn how to prevent infections, assist patients with therapeutic exercises and operate nursing equipment. GTCC, the state's third largest community college, offers approximately 197 diploma, certificate and degree programs, as well as online and personal enrichment courses.
Piedmont Community College
Piedmont Community College (PCC), with locations in Roxboro and Yanceyville, offers several healthcare training programs, including a Nurse Aide Level I and Nurse Aide Level II programs. The NA Level I program teaches basic nursing care, while the NA Level II program teaches more advanced nursing skills. Both prepare students for certification. Additionally, PCC offers a 24-hour Nurse Aide I refresher course. The Human Resources Development program at PCC provides students with academic tools and assessments to help determine their career options and also provides access to the JobLink Career Center.
Randolph Community College
Asheboro-based Randolph Community College has a Nursing Assistant certificate program that's offered in the fall and in the spring. Students learn to provide daily care to patients using both basic and advanced nursing skills. Upon completion, the student is able to demonstrate competency skills needed to pass the North Carolina Board of Nursing certification exams for Nursing Assistant I and Nursing Assistant II. Once admission requirements are met, students are admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Students can take advantage of the Student Success Center, which provides tutoring, counseling, mentoring or help in general.
Richmond Community College
Richmond Community College, located in Hamlet, has a 17-credit Nursing Assistant certificate program that takes two semesters to complete. Students learn to take vital signs, communicate with patients and staff and provide personal care, while learning about development throughout the life span. Upon completion, the student is prepared to work as a nursing assistant I, nursing assistant II, medication aide or home health aide. In addition to more than 60 degree, diploma and certificate programs, Richmond College offers various Workforce and Economic Development programs.
Robeson Community College
Located in Lumberton, Robeson Community College (RCC) offers a Nursing Assistant certificate program that prepares students to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination and obtain certification as nursing assistants. The curriculum consists of a nursing assistant I and a nursing assistant II course. Robeson Community College has a Learning Center that assists students with tutoring, decision-making, academic assistance and workshops.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Certified Nursing Attendant Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Alamance Community College||two-year public; fringe rural||Nursing Assistant||$2,036 in-state; $7,028 out-of-state*|
|Cleveland Community College||two-year, public; fringe rural||Nursing Assistant Certificate||$2,552 in-state; $8,696 out-of-state*|
|Coastal Carolina Community College||two-year, public; small city||Nursing Assistant Certificate||$2,462 in-state; $8,606 out-of-state*|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||two-year, public; midsize city||Nursing Assistant Certificate||$2,544 in-state; $8,688 out-of-state*|
|Gaston College||two-year, public; fringe rural||Nursing Assistant Certificate||$2,704 in-state; $8,848 out-of-state*|
|Guilford Technical Community College||two-year, public; distant town||Nursing Assistant I Program||$2,319 in-state; $7,695 out-of-state*|
|Piedmont Community College||two-year, public; fringe rural|| Nurse Aide Level I,
Nurse Aide Level II,
Nurse Aide Level I Refresher
|$2,544 in-state; $8,691 out-of-state*|
|Randolph Community College||two-year, public; distant town||Nursing Assistant||$2,373 in-state; $8,133 out-of-state*|
|Richmond Community College||two-year, public; fringe rural||Nursing Assistant||$2,516 in-state; $8,660 out-of-state*|
|Robeson Community College||two-year, public; distant town||Nursing Assistant Certificate||$2,563 in-state; $8,707 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES School Navigator