Nurse's Aide Schools with Program Overviews

Nurse's aide training programs are typically short in duration, consisting of three to four courses. These programs are commonly offered by community colleges and vocational schools. Many nurse's aide programs require that students complete an externship as a component of the program.

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Nurse's aide programs are offered at 2- and 4- year colleges and typically award certificates. Prospective students should ensure they select a program that is accredited by their state.

10 Schools with Nurse's Aide Programs

Nurse's aide programs are offered at a number of public colleges throughout the country; this list includes a sampling of reputable programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,104; Out-of-state $7,440
Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,182; Out-of-state $7,398
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $5,275; In-state $10,885; Out-of-state $12,985
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,448; Out-of-state $6,704
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830
South Texas College McAllen, TX 4-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,486; In-state $3,770; Out-of-state $4,440
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,153; Out-of-state $6,217
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,020; In-state $5,660; Out-of-state $8,300
Bakersfield College Bakersfield, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,326; Out-of-state $8,102
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,374; Out-of-state $8,086

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

States approve and license nurse's aide schools, so licensed schools should be considered first, since students who graduate from unlicensed nurse's aide schools may run into complications during the state licensure and certification process. Additional criteria could include:

  • Potential students can check with the agency that licenses the school to find out whether there have been any complaints filed against the school. In many states, the nursing board oversees the credentialing of nurse's aide schools and programs.
  • Potential students may want to focus on things like whether the school is conveniently located and tuition costs when making a decision.
  • It is important to attend a reputable school, and prospective students may want to consider feedback from current and former students before deciding which program to attend.

Training Program

A nurse's aide training program can be completed in five to six weeks. These short programs teach students the skills needed to become competent nurse's aides. Students learn how to properly clean and feed patients. Some instruction is also provided on how to safely transfer patients from one room to another. Some basic medical skills are required of a nurse's aide and a program may include training on how to take a patient's pulse, temperature and blood pressure.

An externship is typically required at the end of the program and students build hands-on supervised clinical experience in a health care setting. Nurse's aides should have strong interpersonal communication skills because of their close contact with patients, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Graduates of a nurse's aide training program often find employment with hospitals, long-term nursing care facilities and home health care agencies.

A number of 2- and 4-year colleges offer nurse's aide programs. It is important to select a school that has an accredited program and to consider the cost and location of the schools.

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