Nursing Assistant I (NAI)
Frequently Asked Questions
Nursing Assistant I training is an extensive state approved course that includes instruction in both classroom theory and supervised clinical experience. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to register to take North Carolina’s state skills/written competency evaluation though PearsonVue. Conviction of certain crimes under the law may prevent a student from obtaining clinical training and/or employment.
How do I enroll in this program?
Complete an orientation session on either campus and provide documentation that the reading requirement is met. Dates, times and locations of orientations are listed below. Once a student meets the special admission requirements and is eligible for the NAI Program, they will remain on the eligible list for two years.
Orientation Schedule for Nursing Assistant I Continuing Education Classes
Orientations are the same for both campuses.
|2/1||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|2/19||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 104|
|4/4||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|4/15||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|5/2||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|5/20||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|7/15||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 104|
|8/1||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|8/19||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 104|
|9/15||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 104|
|10/3||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|10/21||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 104|
|12/5||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Public Safety Bldg. Rm 101|
|3/18||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Community Bldg. Rm 110|
|6/6||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Community Bldg. Rm 110|
|6/17||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Community Bldg. Rm 110|
|11/7||5:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Community Bldg. Rm 110|
|11/18||9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Community Bldg. Rm 110|
|Spring Classes||Summer Classes||Fall Classes|
|Class schedules will be distributed at Orientation|
How do I register for Orientation?
Registration is not required to attend an Orientation session. Attendance at Orientation is required to be eligible to register for NAI class. You may not be allowed to attend if you are late for the session. Morning sessions begin at 9:30am, and evening sessions begin at 5:30pm.
What do I bring to Orientation?
Bring documentation that the course reading requirement is met – either college credit for English or college level reading score on placement test taken within the last five years or exemption form received from Enrollment Services (Davidson campus - Mendenhall Building; Davie campus - Administration Building; or email@example.com.) We do not require an official transcript – a copy is acceptable. We are not staffed during Orientation to print transcripts/placement scores for students. If you do not provide documentation, you will be counted for having attended the Orientation but will not be eligible to register until the enrollment process has been completed and documentation submitted to Diane Hedgecock, Public Safety Building room #112.
When do I register for NAI continuing education class?
At Orientation students will learn about the registration process. Once you complete the Orientation session and meet entry criteria for the class, students will be given class schedules and will be eligible to register on a first come, first serve basis. Payment for the course is due upon registration (~$230 based on current rates).
What do Nursing Assistants do?
Nursing Assistants provide direct care for residents and/or patients in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, and home health. Shifts vary for each facility.
What will I learn in class?
In this application based course, students learn the basic skills used to provide care including vital signs, feeding, grooming, etc. The Course Content includes - Communication, Infection Control, Safety and Emergency Procedures, Personal Care and Grooming, Legal and Ethical Issues, Personal Care and Basic Nursing Skills, Restorative Care, Use of Restraints, Mental Health and Social Needs.
When is the class offered?
Davidson Hybrid NAI program – Online assignments are posted weekly. Students will also meet at the Davidson Campus for some classes and all labs.
- Tues/Thurs hybrid class - Classroom/Lab hours – 8:00am–11:30am. Clinical hours are offered from 7am–2pm during the week.
- Tues/Sat hybrid class - Classroom/Lab hours – 5:30pm-9:00pm and Saturday 8:30am– 3:30pm. Clinical hours are offered 7am–2pm on the weekends.
DAVIDSON CAMPUS – Typically, two classes are offered each semester on the Davidson campus.
- Mon/Wed/Fri class - Classroom/Lab hours - 8am-12pm. Clinical hours are offered from 7am–2pm during the week.
- Mon/Thurs/Sat class - Classroom/Lab hours - 6pm-9pm and Saturday classes 8am– 5pm. Clinical hours are offered 7am–2pm on the weekends.
DAVIE CAMPUS – Typically, one class is offered on the Davie campus each semester.
- Mon/Wed/Sat - Classroom/Lab hours - 6pm-9pm and Saturday classes 8:30am-2:30pm. Clinical hours are offered 7am–2pm on the weekends.
- Mon/Wed/Fri - Classroom/Lab hours – 8:30am-12:30pm. Clinical hours are offered from 7am–2pm during the week.
How much does this course cost?
Accident & Liability Insurance
CPR Certification Card
Due upon Registration
Student Packet *
Blood Pressure Cuff & Stethoscope Kit *
Total Cost **
Other Required Costs (Vary)
National Background Check & 12 Panel Urine Drug Screen – cost varies by student. Specific instructions on completing this process through Investigative Associates & Consultants will be provided at Orientation.
Watch with a second hand, various personal care supplies (towels, washcloths, etc.)
**All costs are based on current rates and are subject to change.
*Available at Bookstore on Davidson Campus. Davie students can order online and have shipped.
What is the difference between Nursing Assistant I (NAI), Nurse Aide I and Certified Nursing Assistant I (C.N.A.)?
All are the same. (C.N.A. is a term still used by many employers. However, the term we use is NAI. C.N.A. stands for Certified Nursing Assistant implying certification or licensure. Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of the licensed registered nurse (RN) thus NA's do not hold a license. Nursing Assistants are listed in North Carolina on the Nurse Aide I Registry upon successful completion of a state competency evaluation.
Is a high school diploma or GED required to enroll in this course?
No. However, some employers do require a high school diploma or GED for employment.
What will I need for the first class?
Bring Social Security card and government issued picture ID (driver’s license/passport/military ID), signed and with first and last names matching on both forms of ID. Laminated social security cards will not be accepted. Bring complete immunization records to the first class or before. Please wear scrubs to class. You may wear any color/pattern scrubs and shoes to class but white scrubs and white leather shoes are required for clinicals. The Student Packet is required at the 1st class (available at Campus Bookstore).
What immunizations are required for this course?
Students must show proof of updated immunizations as listed below. Clinical sites will not accept a doctor’s note of history of the disease. Complete immunization records are due on the first day of class or before. We do encourage students to submit these records PRIOR to the first day to confirm that they are complete.
|Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses or titer (history of disease is not acceptable)|
|MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) – 2 doses|
|Hepatitis B – series of 3 doses|
|Tetanus booster (Tdap) within the past 10 years|
|2 TB Skin tests completed within 1-3 weeks or Chest X-ray or Quantiferon Gold titer|
|Seasonal Quadrivalent Flu|
Where do I find childhood immunization records?
Your high school transcript, your Pediatrician, or the Health Department are good contacts.
If I have been convicted of a crime, can I still take this course?
Submission of a national background check and 12 panel urine drug screen is required for clinical. Clinical sites may or may not allow you to complete clinical training based on your criminal background and/or urine drug screen results. If any facility refuses to allow the student to participate in the clinical experience at that site as a result of those findings, the student will not be able to progress in the program. Inability to progress will result in failure of the course and removal from the program. A criminal background check and 12 panel urine drug screen are required of students by clinical agencies once students are eligible for program entry. Specific instructions on completing this process through Investigative Associates & Consultants will be provided at Orientation. National criminal background checks and 12 panel urine drug screens are due by the 1st day of class.
How long is the course?
The NAI continuing education course is a 158-hour continuing education course offered through the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety. The course typically lasts approximately 14 weeks depending on holidays and College calendar.
- 116 hours of classroom and on-campus lab
- 42 hours of clinical
Do I need CPR certification?
No, CPR is part of the required 158 hours of training. Even if you currently have certification, you are required to attend the CPR training on your class schedule.
What is clinical training?
Students go to a facility with an instructor to practice the skills learned in the on-campus lab. Clinical begins about 8 weeks after the start of class for 6 days. Clinical hours are 7am-2pm.
What facilities are utilized for clinical training?
Clinical sites for both campuses include Lexington Medical Center, Thomasville Medical Center, Bermuda Village Healthcare, Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lexington Health Care, Autumn Care and Alston Brook.
As a nursing assistant you will be able to work in long-term care (nursing homes), rest homes, and hospitals, assisted living, private sitting and home health.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (336) 224-4791; Fax: (336) 249-9053 Office location: Public Safety Building #112