Nurse Aide

A nurse aide assists a patient.

NAS 101 Website

What is a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)?

A certified nurse aide, or CNA, is a medical professional who provides personal care and performs basic nursing skills for adults. Emphasis is placed on the aging process (including mental, social, and physical needs of the elderly), patient's rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, safe environment, restorative services, personal and special care procedures and activities, human body structure/function and related common diseases/disorders, communication and documentation, death and dying, and roles of the nursing assistant and health team members.

At CPCC, we teach students to be leaders in their industry.

  • Learn from field-experienced instructors.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in class and in the lab.
  • Receive on the job training during your clinical rotation.
  • Complete your training at a fraction of the cost as compared to a private school.

Careers as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

The health care industry continues to seek experienced professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the population's evolving medical needs. As a result, careers in fields like CNA continue to be an attractive career option for many of today's graduates.

This profession offers both variety in the workplace and competitive salaries. Please see Nurse Aide under the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.


The Nurse Aide program gives you the knowledge and skills to become a Certified Nurse Aide and is offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Upon successful completion of NAS 101, a skills/competency evaluation is required. Registration for the NC Competency Evaluation will take place AFTER successful completion of the course.

Get Started!

We offer this course during the spring, summer, and fall semesters, so if you would like to explore this opportunity within health care, apply today!

The Summer 2019 deadline March 15, 2019.

The Fall 2019 deadline April 15, 2019.

The Spring 2020 deadline is October 15, 2019.

Criminal Background Check and Drug screen: All accepted students are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen. Procedural information concerning these requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

  • Note: Criminal background checks (CBCs) and drug screens are required by clinical agencies/healthcare systems. If a student is refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive CBC or drug screen, the student will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program.

Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Single Stop at 704.330.2722 ext.: 6435 or email to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.