Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant Certificate

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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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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

HCT 101 Health Care Technician I  - 3 Credit Hours
HCT 102 Health Care Technician II (Lab)  - 3 Credit Hours
SDV 101 First Year Success
HLT 141 Introduction To Medical Terminology  - 2 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
HLT 100 First Aid and CPR
HLT 145 Ethics for Health Care Personnel
HLT 130 Nutrition and Diet Therapy  - 1 Credit Hours

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Nursing Assistant Requirements & Program Information 2017-2018


  • 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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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)