CNA Classes & Programs in North Carolina
Certified nursing assistants, also commonly referred to as nursing assistants or NC Nurse Aide I, perform a number of important patient care duties including measuring and recording patient vital signs, assisting patients with daily activities including range-of-motion exercises, and more. An entry-level position that requires a brief training program, the NC Nurse Aide I role is an excellent way to begin a career in nursing. In North Carolina, the Nurse Aide I earns an average annual salary of $24,680, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Beginning a career as an NC Nurse Aide I requires completion of a state-approved training program, which can usually be completed in just a few weeks. After completing training, students must pass their state's certification exam to become registered with the state. For additional details on admissions requirements for Nurse Aide I training programs in North Carolina, please visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.
- Program Length: Nurse Aide I training program length can vary, with some taking as little as 3 to 4 weeks to complete. In North Carolina, training programs are offered in many community colleges, vocational schools as well as a number of medical facilities and nursing homes. Nurse Aide I training programs in North Carolina consist of at least 75 hours of training, including at least 16 hours of hands-on clinical training in a long-term care facility.
- Program Cost: The cost of a Nurse Aide I training program varies depending on the school chosen. Financial aid or flexible payment plans may be an option. When researching training programs, be sure to add in the cost of mandatory fees, course materials, uniform/supplies, exam costs, etc. in addition to tuition in order to get a full financial picture.
- Board Approved Programs: Each state mandates its own requirements for CNA certification, which is why selecting a state-approved training program is critical. In North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Public Health and Human Services oversees Nurse Aide I training and certification. Prospective students can find a listing of state-approved training programs on their website. To learn more, check out the CNA certification requirements in North Carolina.
- Online/In-Person Options: In some cases, the classroom portion of Nurse Aide I training may be available online. Students will still need to complete the hands-on clinical portion of the program in-person. Online courses are ideal for those in remote areas of the state, or for those who wish to continue working or have other family obligations that may make a commute difficult.
To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in North Carolina, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:
Castle Hayne, NC
Chapel Hill, NC
Elizabeth City, NC
Flat Rock, NC
High Point, NC
Morehead City, NC
New Bern, NC
New London, NC
Pilot Mountain, NC
Rocky Mount, NC
Siler City, NC
Spruce Pine, NC
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