Program of Study

Course work involves integration of concepts of natural and social sciences and English. The focus will be nursing care of clients across their lifespan. A variety of teaching methodologies are used throughout the program including lecture, skills labs and clinical practice.

Additional Information

Careers Available

Employment opportunities included hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, home health facilities, clinics and physicians’ offices.

Recommended Courses and Skills

High school anatomy and physiology, strong basic math and algebra background, computer literacy, and proficient oral and written communication skills.

Admitted students will be required to show proof of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification and Nurse Aide I training (from a state approved program) and certification. It is strongly recommended to complete CPR and NAI training prior to applying for the program. A list of state approved Nurse Aide programs is available here.

Important Announcement:
Nurse Aide I Testing Requirements Changed

A new Rule, 10A NCAC 13O.0301, was recently approved by the Rules Division of the NC Office of Administrative Hearing and adopted by the NC Department of Health Service Regulation. This Rule will require that individuals who choose to take the N.C. Nurse Aide I exam must complete a state-approved training program.

In the past, individuals who had not completed state approved CNA I education had been able to
“challenge” the test, this option will no longer be available after March 1, 2016.

The only exceptions to requirement of completing the state approved training prior to taking the state exam are as follows:

  • Persons currently listed on any state’s Nurse Aide I registry,
  • U.S. military who have completed medical corpsman training
  • Retired or non-practicing nurses
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Paramedic

Admitted students will also be required to receive a criminal background check and drug screening.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Critical thinking skills, good organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated initiative, responsible and accountable for actions, versatile and flexible, and a team player.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Practical Nursing Diploma Day, Evening/Weekend D45660

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