Nurse Aide

What you can get

Nurse Aide
: Certificate Program
Certificate - Nurse Aide (High School Career and College Promise)

What it's about

The Nurse Aide curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Jobs available

  • Nurse Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Geriatric Aide
  • Home Care Assistant

Courses you'll take

Topics include growth and development, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management, family resources and services, and employment skills.

Graduates of this curriculum may be eligible to be listed on the registry as a Nursing Assistant I and Geriatric Aide. They may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and doctors’ offices.

What you'll gain

Upon completion, the student may be eligible for listing as a Nurse Aide I and other selected Nurse Aide registries as determined by the local program of study.


Apply on DCCC's website and meet with an enrollment counselor.


Upon successful completion of the Nurse Aide program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Function within the role and scope of practice of a Nurse Aide as a member of the healthcare team. 
  2. Identify psychological and social needs of clients in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as Nurse Aide I with the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.
  4. Demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as a Geriatric Aide with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a nurse aide. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must be admitted to the Nurse Aide program prior to taking NAS 101.

Applicants for admission to the Nurse Aide program must:

  1. Complete the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores or been exempted from placement.
  2. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe care to clients and to obtain acceptance for clinical training.
  3. Attend a required NAS Orientation.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite NAS course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by clinical sites prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical
facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Conditionally Accepted Students Allied Health Clinical Training Requirements

Hospitals and other clinical sites require documentation of immunization information, criminal background checks, and 12-panel urine drug screen results. DCCC policy requires this information to be on file for each student before they can begin their clinical experience.

Continuing Education Options:

Nursing Assistant I
Nursing Assistant II - Davidson Campus