Nurse Aide

Prepare for an entry-level healthcare career as a Nurse Aide (CNA).

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.  

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Nurse aides play a vital role in the healthcare team and are in critical shortage in our community! Work alongside nurses and physicians in a variety of inpatient and outpatient care settings such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, medical offices, clinics and home settings. Instructional topics include quality resident care, personal care skills, basic nursing skills, applying nutrition and hydration, recognizing and preventing opioid and substance abuse, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. Students gain hands-on experience in taking and documenting vital signs, infection control procedures and assisting with activities of daily living. Students must successfully complete a 40-hour offsite clinical experience to demonstrate skill competency.

Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) licensure exam offered by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON). 

Note: Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) which requires that Nurse Aide programs are a minimum of 140 contact hours. PVCC’s program includes additional hours for learner support, skills practice and workplace readiness instruction. Tuition includes the costs for criminal background check, drug screen, TB test, BLS-CPR (book, course, and certification) as well as two sets of scrubs, a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. 

Contact Hours: 164

Admissions Requirements
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the first day of class.
  • Acceptable background check and drug screen prior to clinical. Proof of immunizations and physical exam may be required depending on clinical site. 
  • Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
  • Complete a CASAS assessment.
  • Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.
  • Meet minimum essential functions and standards for program.

Job Duties for Nurse Aides
  • Provide direct patient care under the supervision of a nurse
  • Assist patients with activities of daily living and routine hygiene care
  • Obtain and record vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature)
  • Obtain and report changes in patient condition
  • Support admission and discharge processes

Nurse Aides may also be called nursing assistants, nursing care partners and patient care assistants.

Employment Outlook for Nurse Aides

Graduates who have achieved licensure upon completion of this program have found employment in hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies. Top employers of nurse aides in our community who visit our program to meet students, partner on clinical rotations, and employ our graduates include:

  • UVA Health
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Commonwealth Senior Living
  • Martha Jefferson House
  • The Blake Senior Living
  • Consulate Healthcare
  • Augusta Health
  • Commonwise Home Care
  • Albemarle Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Charlottesville Health & Rehabilitation Center

Nationally, overall employment of nurse aides is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030. - US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Earning Potential & Career Progression for Nurse Aides

The local median wage for Nurse Aides in our area is $30,170 per year (full-time salaried with benefits) or $14.51-$15.05 for hourly employment.

The college offers additional healthcare programs for career advancement for Nurse Aides.  The next step would include Medication Aide for those who wish to work in nursing homes, assisted living or home healthcare agencies. For those who wish to work in hospitals or physician's offices, the next step may be Phlebotomy or Clinical Medical Assistant.

Take the Next Steps

Check the schedule page to see when this program is next offered.

Complete the Workforce Services Student Questionnaire.

Register for a Funding Information Session.

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