Nursing Assistant

Degree Type: 

Career Studies Certificate
Nursing Assistant Certificate

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Nursing Assistant Career Studies Certificate at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares students to take the Virginia state nursing assistant certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). CNAs provide personal care to patients in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, doctors' offices, clinics and private homes.

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For more information, please contact Joanna Collins, Healthcare Program Coordinator (


Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
SDV 101 First Year Success
ITE 119 Information Literacy / 3 Credit Hours
HLT 100 First Aid and CPR

Additional Program Information: 


Nursing Assistant Requirements & Program Information


  • CPR usually required upon employment as nurse aide. 
  • Students may choose from any of the following courses: AST, ASL, BIO 145, BUS, CHD, ENG, HLT, ITE, MKT 100, PSY, SOC, SPA 163, SPA 164.

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