Nurse Aide

Nurse Aide

The healthcare 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 certified nurse aide continue to be an attractive career option for many of today's graduates.

What You Will Learn

A certified nurse aide, or CNA, is a medical professional who provides personal care and performs basic nursing skills for adults. In Central Piedmont's Nurse Aide program, 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. The nurse aide curriculum prepares you to work under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be required to complete a skills/competency evaluation and will be able to register for the NC competency exam.

Students in this program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please refer to our student OSHA hazardous communication standard (PDF) and student exposure classification bloodborne pathogens (PDF) forms.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

At Central Piedmont, we teach students to be leaders in their industry. In our nurse aide program, you will:

  • 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

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn a nurse aide certificate. The college catalog details the nurse aide program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer nurse aide I training course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Nurse Aide Program Requirements and Application

    You will need to submit official transcripts to the college, with at least one showing proof of graduation. You must have taken both a math and an English 100+ level course and passed with at least a "C" or higher, or the equivalent. You might be required to pass the Central Piedmont placement tests. Once you successfully complete the program, you will be required to complete a skills/competency evaluation. Registration for the NC competency evaluation will take place after successful completion of the course. Students must be 18 years old by the time of the clinical. For detailed information on nurse aide course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    Please note that students in this field are at a higher risk than the general population for Hepatitis B. If admitted into the program, is to your advantage to start the vaccination process for Hepatitis B as soon as you learn of your acceptance. Medical history and documentation forms will be distributed at the orientation following acceptance. Any applicant who is aware that they are carriers of Hepatitis B or C or are HIV positive are required to advise the State Department of Human Resources regarding ability to have patient contact. Students accepted into this program will be required to read and sign a bloodborne pathogen form and OSHA's hazard communication form at the mandatory orientation session for new students.

    All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen per clinical agency and healthcare system requirements at their own expense. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance. If you are refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive criminal background check or drug screen, you 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 Central Piedmont's 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. As a condition of admission, students will be required to verify that they are United States citizens or otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

    Nurse Aide Program Application

    We offer the nurse aide program course during the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

    • Complete the process to enroll at Central Piedmont.
    • Email the nurse aide program coordinator for permission to register once all steps have been completed. Please be sure to include your Central Piedmont student ID number in the email.

    If you have received permission in a previous semester, please be sure that you have the most current information packet and health record. You may request this from the program chair. The required forms (medical physical, immunizations, urine drug screening results, authorizations, and criminal background check request) are submitted on the first in-class meeting of the program. The forms are not part of the registration process. Candidates for the certified nurse aide NC competency evaluation are required to bring two forms of current, not expired, official signature-bearing identification (one of which must be photo-bearing) to the test site. One form of identification must be a U.S. government-issued social security card, signed and non-laminated. Name and social security number must match what is on the registration record (page 7, NNAAP Pearson Vue North Carolina Nurse Aide I Candidate Handbook).



    Central Campus:

    • Friday, May 1, 2020, 9 — 11 a.m.
    • Central Campus, Health Careers Building, Room 4510

    Levine Campus:

    • Friday, May 1, 2020, 1 — 3 p.m.
    • Levine Campus, Levine III Building, Room 2150
  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

    Open Labs

    The nurse aide department provides open lab hours for students who have successfully completed the Nurse Aide I and/or Nurse Aide II courses within the last semester in order to practice for certification exams.

    • Students are not allowed in the lab without a staff or faculty member from the nurse aide department present.
    • College rules still apply to successful completers who take advantage of this opportunity, just as it would during the regular semester.
    • Dates are subject to change, so please check back prior to coming to lab.
    Central Campus
    • location: Belk Building, Room 2107
    • hours: Friday, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
    Levine Campus
  • Course Delivery Methods


    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Nurse Aide Careers

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be required to complete a skills/competency evaluation and will be able to register for the NC competency exam. Graduates of this curriculum may be eligible to be listed on the registry as a Nursing Aide I and Nursing Aide II and may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and doctor’s offices. The nurse aide profession offers both variety in the workplace and competitive salaries. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed nurse aide career requirements and opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Nurse Aide Program Costs

    In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, uniforms, personal protective equipment, and drug screening and immunizations.

    Total estimated program costs (PDF)


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