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.
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.