Nursing Assistant

The following is a description of current program requirements. Students who enrolled previously should consult the catalog for the year in which they began the program, and/or their advisor. 

The Nursing Assistant curriculum is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills to care for patients of all age groups and to qualify as contributing members of the healthcare team. Upon completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). This course includes 3 credits of lecture and 1 credit of lab. Must submit to background search and drug screening. Must be 18 years old to submit to background test.


One semester

Occupational Opportunities:

Opportunities for the Nurse Aide (NA) include employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, day-care centers, doctors’ offices, rehabilitation facilities, industry and private duty nursing.

Class Structure:

The course includes both class-room lecture and campus lab skills practice. Following completion of the classroom and campus lab component, students will begin their clinical experience in an area nursing home. The clinical experience in the nursing home will be held during the regularly scheduled class time, plus additional scheduled clinical hours. Students are required by the Virginia Board of Nursing to complete all hours mandated for this course.


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