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CNA Programs in North Carolina with School Overviews

The state of North Carolina has roughly 29 colleges that offer certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs. Get some information about these certificates and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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CNA Programs Offered in North Carolina Schools

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) can find training opportunities at technical and community colleges throughout North Carolina. Schools offer certificate-level training programs that can lead to state certification as a nursing assistant. Students who complete these programs are prepared to take North Carolina's competency exam.

Learn about two North Carolina colleges and their CNA programs below. Get curricula details and find information regarding program duration. Find helpful facts about both of these schools in the table.

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College is located in downtown Fayetteville, near Fort Bragg. The school offers a 17-credit certificate program for prospective CNAs.
  • Gaston College, a mid-size college found just south of downtown Charlotte in Dallas, has a 2-course CNA program.

Comparison of Schools

Before selecting a CNA program, you should examine all facts about schools that offer such studies. Read below to get an idea of each school's student population, retention and graduation rates, tuition and campus setting.

Fayetteville Technical Community College Gaston College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 11,660 5,172
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $2,528 (in-state)
$8,672 (out-of-state)
$2,704 (in-state)
$8,848 (out-of-state)
% of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 80% 67%
Acceptance Rate* N/A (open admission policy) N/A (open admission policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 50% 69%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began their studies in 2014)* 18% 30%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is a 2-year public college with an annual student enrollment of nearly 12,000. The school's department of health programs offers certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs that prepare students for a wide range of nursing and allied health careers.

Nursing Aide Certificate

This certificate program consists of two nursing assistant courses, one computer course and a medical terminology course. Students learn to provide care to patients under the supervision of registered nurses and other healthcare providers. The curriculum, which combines classroom, lab and clinical coursework, also teaches students about home health care, growth & developments, nutrition, medical asepsis and family services. Prospective students must show proof of vaccinations, take a tuberculous test and possess current CPR certification.

Graduates of the first course in this program are eligible to take the state's CNA competency exam, which they must pass to be added to the state's Nurse Aide I Registry. To be added to the Nurse Aide II Registry, students must complete the second nursing assistant course, but they are not required to take another certification exam.

Nursing Aide Diploma

The diploma programs can be completed in three semesters. Students are required to complete 48 credit hours of study. Some of the courses you may find include anatomy, general biology, psychology, life span development, and computer basics.

Gaston College

Gaston College was founded in 1964, and today it serves more than 5,000 students every term. With three campuses, the school offers many programs for those seeking careers in healthcare-related fields; in addition to nursing assistant courses, students may pursue associate's degrees in nursing and other professions.

Nurse Aide Certificate

Students in this 2-course program receive training in nursing care through 12 credit hours of instruction, lab studies and clinical practice at a medical facility. Applicants must show proof of current required immunizations, drug testing and a recent tuberculosis test. Admitted students must also pass a drug screen.

The curriculum includes training courses for the state competency exam and both nurse aide registries. Successful certification as a nursing assistant is required before students can move on to the second course.

Nurse Aide Diploma

This program is concentrated on therapeutic and diagnostic services. It is a total of 43 credits over three semesters: summer, fall and spring. Some of the courses you'll look at include medical terminology, developmental psychology, physiology, microbiology and first aid.

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