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.

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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

Apply to the Program

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

 As a condition of admission, you are required to verify that you are a United States citizen or an otherwise legally authorized resident of the United States.

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).

  • 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.