Career and Technical Certificate - Certified Nursing Assistant

Nursing assistants provide basic bedside care and comfort to patients and residents in multiple healthcare settings. The Nursing Assistant CTC prepares students for employment in long-term care, hospitals, home healthcare, and other healthcare facilities.

Classroom instruction includes an introduction to healthcare, basic nursing skills, body structure and function, and infection control. The program includes instruction on the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act or OBRA national skills standards. Students must complete CPR certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association).

Students participate in clinical activities under the supervision of the instructor at approved healthcare facilities including local hospitals, long-term-care facilities, and/or nursing homes. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is qualified for certification (CNA) and employment in the areas of long-term care, home health, and acute care.

Course Requirements:

  • Achieve ACT score of Composite 13, OR
  • Achieve ACCUPLACER score of Reading 53, OR
  • Eligibility for DEVR 0780

Program length: One semester

Drug testing is required upon admission and at various times during the nursing assistant program. A criminal history record, background check and credential evaluation are required of all students upon admission. Failure to meet these requirements will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Students will be required to maintain current CPR certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association) throughout the program.

Students must attend several off-campus clinical sites using their own means of transportation. Clinical site times will vary depending on the facility and clinical availability.

NURS 1000 Nursing Assistant 4
HSOM 1020 Medical Terminology I 3
HSOM 1030 Medical Terminology II 3
total hours 10

CNA to Practical Nurse Articulation Plan

Completion of this course may qualify for the CNA to PN articulation credit. A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) may receive credit for NURS 1010 Nursing Fundamentals I and NURS 1020 Nursing Fundamentals I Clinical in the Practical Nursing (PN) Program. Go to the College’s website at and click on the Practical Nursing link for more details. Students who successfully complete NURS 1010 and NURS 1020 will be awarded the Nursing Assistant TCA.

This program is not eligible for Federal Financial Assistance (PELL).